Unfortunately, racism still exists in today’s society, and it’s still being spread to our youth. Howell high school makes headlines today due to students posting racist tweets after their school basketball team had won a game (note it wasn’t the basketball players, it was from general students who attend Howell). The team faced off against Grand Blanc for their Class A regional final. Howell beat Grand Blanc 54-49, and due to that victory. some of the students decided to celebrate their all white basketball team win by posting several racist tweets. Some of the tweets were:
“Not only did we beat Grand Blanc but we’re all white. Howell’s 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…”
Some of the other tweets were just as bad because they included hashtags such as #kkk, #lightthecross, #rosaparks, #wewhite.
Howell’s principal, Jason Schrok, says the students who posted these tweets have received disciplinary action.
“The school has responded to each instance and is moving forward.” Even though he hasn’t said what disciplinary action was taken; I’m sure it’s severe due to all the negative press Howell high school is receiving.
Grand Blanc high school’s superintendent, Norman Abdella, has also responded to this shameful incident, and he stated,”It’s hard to believe that the racial banality expressed through those messages even exists in this day and age.” However the superintendent believes that Howell will deal with this situation effectively and appropriately. He even goes on to defend Howell even more,
“it would be totally unfair to judge a district or a school based on the actions of individual students or supporters,” 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 definitely deal with the situation internally.”
Nick Simon is the head coach of the Howell basketball team, and he says,”We definitely aren’t going to let one or two people’s statements speak for the community, or our athletics or our student body. We have 2,800 kids and it’s unfortunate that one or two can misrepresent us so much.” Coach Simon is focused on who his team has to face next.
Unfortunately, there is a history of racism in Howell back in the 1990s. Howell used to be the home to former Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon Robert E. Miles.
Today, racism continues to circulate in America, and while it may completely never die down, we can at least try to keep future generations from harboring racism towards others.
[ image via sports.fhntoday.com ]