Feb 14, 2012

I'm still waiting on that post-racial, Kumbaya moment the election of the first black President was supposed to usher in. I'm serious, I'm still waiting.

Here is what transpired at a Pittsburgh area high school basketball game that further confirms we are never going to get to the age of post-racial:

Athletic tensions between two Pittsburgh-area high schools — one largely white, the other predominantly black — have boiled over into accusations of racism that some say is being swept under the rug.

Two students at Brentwood High School are accused of dressing in banana suits at a game and, along with other students, taunting players at Monessen High, according to Monessen parents and a school administrator.

The costumed Brentwood students were thrown out of Friday’s game after they ran past the Monessen fan section, “causing agitation and disruption,’’ Brentwood’s district superintendent, Ronald Dufalla, said in a statement Wednesday. A third student “was removed to avoid a potential problem’’ that Dufalla wouldn’t specify.

But Dufalla also said he has reviewed game tapes and talked to school officials, and has “seen no other activity that confirms the allegations made.’’ The two students in banana suits, he said, have done that at previous games “without incident.’’

“The high school students are emulating college students they have seen on television who wear costumes during the collegiate contests,’’ Dufalla said in email Wednesday to The Associated Press. “No high school team, Monessen or otherwise, or their fans are being singled out. This is just something the students do.’’

Parents said they heard slurs from Brentwood students including “monkeys’’ and “cotton pickers.’’ source

First, let me just say kudos to the kids from Monessen for keeping their cool because had an incident like this happen at the high school I went to that thing would have turned into an all out riot.

As someone who has lived in Pittsburgh for the past seven years, I can tell you everything they are saying about Brentwood is true. When I first moved here I quickly learned of Brentwood's reputation after I tried to go to a "Sally's" beauty supply store in the area. It was at that store that I was told we don't sell products for your 'type' of hair and they didn't make any apology about it. Now you can try to say they were just being honest, but the way the lady said it made me feel a certain type of way. Trust me, if you've experienced white supremacy and racism you know exactly what I'm talking about.

The fact that the school officials are trying to defend the behavior doesn't surprise me either. It is the epitome of white supremacy behavior. Of course the superintendant would see nothing wrong with students wearing banana suits and calling black kids 'monkeys' and 'cotton-pickers' (seriously...cotton-pickers? Like what year is this anyway?). He probably thought it was innocent childhood fun.

As someone who was born and raised in the south, we were indoctrinated to believe that racism only exists in the south. But I'm here to let you know that is the biggest fallacy. The most racist people I've ever encountered have been up north. I promise you I'll take a redneck down south then these cowards up north. At least with the redneck down south you know where you stand.


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