Saturday, December 10, 2011
And this from Fox News:
At least a dozen female basketball players at a western New York high school were serving suspension for chanting a racial slur as part of their warmup routine, the Buffalo News reported.
The team at Kenmore East High School, near Buffalo, apparently had chanted "One, two, three [N-word]!" for years, to the ignorance of their coaches and school administrators.
The officials only learned of the practice after the current team's sole African-American, sophomore Tyra Batts, was caught brawling with a teammate over the use of the slurs.
While both girls were suspended for fighting, school district officials were called in to deal with the allegations of racism.
Batts said she only learned of the chant ahead of the season opener against Sweet Home High School on Dec. 2.
"I said, 'You're not allowed to say that word because I don't like that word,'" she told a reporter. "They said, 'You know we're not racist, Tyra. It's just a word, not a label.' I was outnumbered."Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/12/10/new-york-girls-hoops-team-suspended-over-racist-chant/?test=latestnews#ixzz1gBUuwMxn
I'm glad Miss Batts stood up to these punk kids. Did the other kids do this because they are evil racists, I doubt it because the n- word is a common word on high school campuses and that white kids even call themselves this now. The meaning of the word has changed over the past decade or so, in a large part because of entertainers like singers and comedians.
So, I am glad that Miss Batts stood up for what is right and I am glad the kids are being punished. Too bad others cannot be punished, like the parents of the basketball players.