With the success of basketball players like Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Jordan, its really no surprise that basketball has come to be known as a black sport.
There was no better proof of this than an occurrence that took place last Thursday, when a hailstorm of racist tweets was sent out by a team of Caucasian students at a Michigan high school. The tweets were singing their praises after winning a basketball game.
“All hail white power. #HitlerIsMyDad” is just one of several Tweets that left faculty and residents stunned.
The tweets followed the win of Howell High School’s boys basketball team over Grand Blanc. And according to the website MLive.com, several of the students involved in the situation are now facing disciplinary action for their use of “white only” terminology as a description of the teams 54-49 victory in the Class A regional final.
Other tweets, as reported by the site, include:
“Not only did we beat Grand Blanc but we’re all white. Howell’s the definite winner tonight.”
“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 …”
Other choice hashtags included #kkk #lightthecross #rosaparks and #wewhite.
Grand Blanc has both black and white players.
While the principal of Howell High School, Jason Schrock said that disciplinary action was meted out, he did not elaborate on what that meant; only noting that the school is trying to move forward.
But the Grand Blanc schools superintendent, Norman Abdella, didn’t hold back, saying that it was “hard to believe that the racial banality expressed through those messages even exists in this day and age.” He did add that he trusts Howell to diffuse the situation in an appropriate manner, as noted by MLive, and even defended the school to a certain degree.
“It would be totally unfair to judge a district or a school based on the actions of individual students or supporters,” he wrote in an email statement to the Flint Journal, according to reports by MLive.
“I have great confidence that no one in authority within the Howell School District would ever encourage or condone these types of sentiments and expect that they will effectively deal with this situation internally.”
How surprising is it that the apologies began to roll in from the Twitter users caught in the action?