White High School Students Taunt Black Basketball Team In Monkey And Banana Costumes
A group of bonehead high school students who decided to taunt a rival, predominantly black basketball team during a game are rightfully facing some backlash for their racist actions.
Costumes worn by students performing a skit during an Atlantic County, New Jersey, high school basketball game have some crying foul, saying it was racist.
Dressed as a banana and monkey, two students from Holy Spirit High School tried to distract players from Atlantic City High School as they faced off at a tournament last week. Atlantic City’s team is predominantly black.
The skit, which also included a student dressed as a cowgirl and another as a bumblebee, was performed in the Holy Spirit student section and was recorded on video.
“I absolutely think it was offensive,” said Ricardo Belgrave as he left Friday night’s match up against the two teams. “You should know when you’re putting that costume on, it should come in your mind that this might offend African-American people.” But not everyone agreed.
“To me it was harmless kids’ pranks, you know. I didn’t see any racial overtones to anything,” said Jack Versput.
The Cape Atlantic League’s board of referees tells NBC10 the behavior was not appropriate and the game’s referees were reprimanded. Students from Holy Spirit High School will not be punished, but have been warned similar actions would not be tolerated.
Ooooooof course they “won’t be punished.” SMH!!!