'Caucasian Heritage Night' Cancelled Following Social Media Outrage

Sean Mahoney

An event called "Caucasian Heritage Night" to be put on by a Utah minor league baseball team, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim-affiliated Orem Owlz, has been cancelled following severe social media backlash via #CaucasianHeritageNight, particularly in light of the recent admittedly racist shooting massacre in South Carolina.

The Orem Owlz baseball team in Utah scheduled Caucasian Heritage Night, or what some are calling a "white appreciation event," long ago, before the racially-motivated South Carolina shootings, and that the Caucasian Heritage Night event was meant to be a "lighthearted" roast of Caucasian people, poking fun at white stereotypes, reports CNN,

But when the Orem Owlz put up a Caucasian Heritage Night post on Friday, promoting what they perceived to be an event mocking the behaviors and likes of white people, social media blew up, many, such as a woman calling herself Melanin Monroe, apparently offended and angered by the Caucasian Heritage Night event, thinking white people get enough attention as it is.

"In light of everything that has happened in Charleston, South Carolina, it is very troubling. Especially now, when there are so many white supremacist groups out there, and they're looking for something like this."
"Our night was to include wonder bread on burgers with mayonnaise, clips from shows like 'Friends' and 'Seinfeld,' and trying to solve the vertical leaping challenge. We understand, in light of recent tragic events, that our intentions have been misconstrued. For that, we sincerely apologize."
" 'Caucasian Heritage Night' was a promotion that was conceived and put on the schedule prior to my time with the club, and I was unaware of it before I arrived in Orem. After learning of the promotion during my first week, I raised serious concerns about it with multiple members of the front office, both verbally and via email. I registered my disagreement with carrying out such a promotion. I also warned that this event -- no matter the intention of it -- would cause public backlash. My concerns were not taken seriously, and my advice went unheeded."

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