We thought kids were becoming less racist, but this is the second story we’ve heard like this in the past month.
Michigan HS Students In Trouble Over Racist Tweets Following Win By All-White Basketball Squad
According to MLive.com reports:
Shocking tweets celebrating a “white” team’s victory erupted Thursday following the Howell boys basketball win over Grand Blanc.
Several students in Howell are now facing disciplinary action, according to the high school principal.
Grand Blanc lost 54-49 to Howell in the Class A regional final at Linden High School Thursday.
Among the Twitter messages posted after the game the night of March 13:
“Not only did we beat Grand Blanc but we’re all white. Howell’s the definite winner tonight.”
“All hail white power. #HitlerIsMyDad”
“Tonight was probably one of the most racists nights of my life. I heard so many slurs and expressions. I also said a few things…”
Hastags with other tweets included #kkk, #lightthehcross, #rosaparks, #wewhite.
Howell High School Principal Jason Schrock said he’s well aware of the tweets, and disciplinary action has been taken against those involved.
“The school has responded to each instance and is moving forward,” he said. He would not say what disciplinary action was taken.
Schrock said he hopes both communities understand that what he believes were knee-jerk reactions of a few teens don’t speak for all of Howell and that the town and school are continuously trying to work themselves out of a rut that history has dug for them.
“A life lesson can be learned for these students without dragging a community’s reputation through the mud,” he said.
Howell was known as the home of former Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon Robert E. Miles, who died in 1992. He lived in nearby Cohoctah Township, where he hosted KKK cross burnings.
Robyn Lefebvre, a lifelong Howell resident, said she is well aware of, although disappointed in, the town’s racist history, adding that it was the home for several Ku Klux Klan leaders in the past.
“(One of the alleged KKK leaders) died a while back, and I was hoping that whole thing would die along with him,” she said, rolling her eyes and shaking her head when she heard of the tweets. “It’s very hard and frustrating when people can judge a whole town on the acts of just a few people.”
Schrock said school administrators were made aware of the posts hours after they were created and were preparing to take disciplinary action first thing Friday morning, when they found the tweets had already been replaced with apologies.
Howell is scheduled to play Mt. Pleasant in the Class A boys basketball quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at Davison High School.
Anybody else see the irony in the fact that the all white team is boasting racial superiority over a rival school whose name literally translates into “Great White”? Okay maybe it was just us.
It’s also worth noting that Grand Blanc players say they heard racial slurs coming from the Howell student section DURING the game and that they’ve had similar experiences when they’ve played them previously.