from ABC News:
The entire girl’s basketball team of Kenmore East High School is sitting out a suspension over a pre-game chant that featured the N-word.
Eleven players are suspended from school for two days for the racially insensitive chant. The one player who wasn’t suspended for the chant — the team’s only black player — was suspended from school for five days for fighting with another player over the use of the N word.
The controversial pre-game chant that the Bulldogs performed in the locker room went, “One, two, three, n****r.”
Apparently, this chant has been used for five years. According to the team, it’s not meant to be racist. We’ve heard that before: admitting something may be racist when other people do it, but not me. Famous white cop out.
The worst part of this story is that nobody did shit about the racism until the team’s only black player, who had asked that the racist chanting be stopped, got into a fight after being bullied for speaking out and was suspended for five days. She’s out for a week, the racist girls are out for two days. JUSTICE!
The Buffalo News link has the best coverage of the story:
Tyra added that her teammates would routinely make racial references and jokes during practice, including ones regarding slavery, shackles and “picking cotton.” She said her coach, Kristy Bondgren, heard comments from other players about Tyra being black but was unaware of the pregame chant.