It’s unfortunate that this tasteless taunting will probably play a major role in determining the future of the Washington Redskins. – Richard
The ongoing debate surrounding the portrayal of Native Americans in sports was revisited last weekend after an Alabama high school taunted an opposing team with a sign that referenced the bloody Trail of Tears.
Before Friday night’s game against the Pinson Valley Indians, members of McAdory High School’s cheerleading squad erected a banner that read: “Hey Indians, get ready to leave in a Trail of Tears Round 2″.
School officials offered an apology immediately following the incident.
“This was not condoned by the school administration, the Jefferson County Board of Education or the community,” McAdory principal Tod Humphries said in an official statement.
“The person who would normally be responsible for approving such signs is out on maternity leave, and I take full responsibility that arrangements were not made to have the signs pre-approved before the ballgame. Please accept our sincere apologies to the Native American people and to anyone who was offended by the reference to an event that is a stain on our nation’s past forever.”
This latest episode comes in the wake of the Washington Redskins name change controversy. While there are some who claim that the mascot is offensive to Native Americans, many people, including Native Americans, see nothing offensive about the name.
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