Bad call: White students turn backs, hoist Trump sign as black players introduced

A video of white students acting badly Monday at a high school basketball game in Warrensburg, Mo., is triggering a national backlash after it was posted to social media. The video posted to Facebook shows white students turning their backs and one hoisting a Trump-Pence sign as the visiting team is introduced. The 13 members of the visiting Center High team are all African-American or bi-racial, according to the coach.

This is what stuns me. Warrensburg students have a tradition of turning their backs when other teams are being introduced. I don’t get how this “tradition” — another word for bad manners, poor sportsmanship and idiocy — was ever allowed to take root. The Trump sign was a new twist to the boorish behavior. (The farm attire reflects a theme-night.)

By the way, Center won 66-62. But those young men won before they ever shot a basket by ignoring the pathetic actions of their opponents and concentrating on the game. Also, cheers to the two Warrensburg students in the front row who ignored their classmates and clapped for the other team.

According to the Kansas City Star, the Warrensburg School District has apologized. The Star reports:

In an interview with The Star, Warrensburg superintendent Scott Patrick said the student section turning its backs during opposing teams’ introductions has been a long-standing tradition, though he referred to it as unsportsmanlike and something the administration does not condone.

Patrick said the school was not notified of any complaints during the game. “I think in this case, (the Trump sign) was really the difference in what took this from something that was unsportsmanlike to something that was insensitive, not necessary and inappropriate,” Patrick said.

 

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Wascatlady
Wascatlady

I guess it is as I suspected all along.  There is a requirement to have a low IQ to use Facebook, judging by the comments below.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

In 1970 or 71 the University of Tennesse hosted the University of Georgia in basketball.  I am sad to remember how the Tennessee fans HOOTED each time the black UGa player touched the ball.(having a black player on an SEC team was unusual back then)

Mark Virgen
Mark Virgen

Let's be clear these are high school students and although it's not a great tradition notice its one small section of students and not entire crowd shown therefore it and the Trump sign have nothing to do with this tradition stop trying to make it a race issue

Fred Weisel
Fred Weisel

Poor taste not good sportsmanship!!!

Diane VanZwieten
Diane VanZwieten

Please PRAY for the ELECTORAL COLLEGE as they VOTE tomorrow in Wash.DC. Pray that the electors will be faithful to the voters they represent & vote for Donald Trump. Also, PRAY for the safety of the electors, since they have received death threats. Thank you.

Angel E. Elorza
Angel E. Elorza

White people wouldn't know what it even feels like to be in that position.

Kevin Cox
Kevin Cox

They do this to all teams every week. So how is this racist? It may be a dumb tradition but if they do it to everyone it's not racist. People that are saying this is are just looking for something to cry about. You are just a thin skinned baby.

Brian Babyak
Brian Babyak

It's nothing! They do it to every away team but race baiters have called attention to it now. I like how they even mention Trump.

Rhonda Kahl
Rhonda Kahl

They always turn their backs. It's a long standing tradition. Did u read the story as u wrote it?? It wasn't racism, and trump isn't racist. Stop making crap up to start issues where there aren't any. Now if black players held up a blm sign, to a white team, would it b seen as racist, or a political stance???

Rhonda Kahl
Rhonda Kahl

Gregory Allen Ramsey my point is exactly what I stated, everyone needs to stop making racist boogie men out of all people. It was poor sportsmanship, not racist. They did it to all teams. This writer and the media need to knock it off. People are getting hurt over this. Mainly our youth.

Gregory Allen Ramsey
Gregory Allen Ramsey

You just made the case yourself. Answer that question yourself. Talking about trump is not racist is just laughable.

Chris Carter
Chris Carter

100% agree its tradition they do it and did it to ALL the opposing starters... AJC is racist

Steve Gomez
Steve Gomez

Gregory Allen Ramsey and you will salute your new commander and chief, and that's an order!

Dee Mims
Dee Mims

This happened here in Missouri

Clara Madison
Clara Madison

I Guess The White Ppl Don't Believe The White Principle That Apologize Either. \U0001f914 PATHETIC INDEED \U0001f914 SMDH

Wylie Jones
Wylie Jones

Race baiting hate rag. Long standing tradition turned into hate crime by journalists.

Wylie Jones
Wylie Jones

Making it about race by pointing out the ethnicity of both teams and saying one team turned their backs is the definition of race baiting. The headline betrays the content. The article states this is not the first time this school has done this and it had nothing to do with skin color. This is not good. It is divisive and wrong. Your defending this backwards moving rhetoric only helps them maintain blind-faith based group of readers. Any connection drawn here from this teams questionable tradition and current political events is trivial considering there was one flag hoisted by a small number in the group.

Robert Baskin
Robert Baskin

Ok who is lying this time, stop the stupid crap America is not racist

Penni Gaddy-Wells
Penni Gaddy-Wells

Another story told out of context. I just liked your site yesterday. I will unlike it today.

Aaron Frost
Aaron Frost

This is not what all of us White people feel. Many of us know that racism exists, and we work hard to use our White privilege to try to stop it.

Debra Fish
Debra Fish

I'm not going to bother to read another race baiting article but I'd bet they turned their backs on kneelers.

Linda Grimes Birchall
Linda Grimes Birchall

Nope. They turned their backs when the black team was being introduced and the players came running out onto the court.

ProudAmerican2017
ProudAmerican2017

Just more of deplorablism from the deplorable Trumpeters.  Expect more of this in 4 years, this is what they are passing on to their children. God help this country now.

Miranda Gradnigo
Miranda Gradnigo

Dumbass , idiots \U0001f644\U0001f644\U0001f644\U0001f644

Bob Carr
Bob Carr

The text of the article says plainly that it is the custom of this school to turn their backs on the opposing team as they come out. More fecal stirring by those who want to create strife where there was none or plain just cant read.

Bill Davis
Bill Davis

They better be getting ready to fight the next world war that Trumpet will be starting

Del Roberts
Del Roberts

What is wrong with a Trump sing. You people are just flat out stupid. There is always going to be Racist on Both sides .Get along and shut the hell up. When that thing we got up there now won.Black and white folk was wearing t shirts with his name on it. Was that racist?Please shut up already.Trump loves us all ✌️

Daniel K Zunugo
Daniel K Zunugo

People are going to be people. As long as the coaches don't cheat, and the students play fair, let the audience turn. Who cares. Probably paid money just to turn their backs. What a waste.

Don Emory
Don Emory

It is a school tradition so they do it to every team they play and half of this team was white so explain your race baiting please ajc

Jeffrey Marnell
Jeffrey Marnell

Give me a break. Pro athletes kneel during the national anthem. This school always turns its back to visiting temas ( I don't condone this ) so why is it now racist? Funny how blacks can do or say what they want about white America but at the slightest gesture that can be misconstrued as racism you cry like infants. If you want equality then please stop with the BLM and other racist behavior directed at white America. Obama, his family and administration have done more harm to race relations in this country in 8 years than the last 50 years of so called white racism. My God get a brain.

Kristin Nicole
Kristin Nicole

Oh come off it AJC. I detest Trump and his cabinet but this was not a blatantly racist behavior. This was a tradition, whether you agree with it or not, and the opposing team happened to be all African-American. The Trump sign was definitely in poor taste though.

Kristin Nicole
Kristin Nicole

Dude I don't know what you are taking about. Take a chill pill.

Derrick Fields
Derrick Fields

What do you think of Segregation Again??? Would it be good for the country Now???

Kristin Nicole
Kristin Nicole

Dude I don't know what you are taking about. Take a chill pill.

Lee_CPA2
Lee_CPA2

Wow Maureen, this is a new low for you.  I would expect "click-bait" titles from Bookman, but you have thrown every scintilla of credibility you ever had out the window.  Gotta get those blog numbers up before the end of the year, eh?


Numerous posters have pointed out from the article that turning their back on their opponent was something this student body does - to ALL their opponents.  Hey, sports fans have been trying to psych out their opponents for ages.  This is nothing new.  Noisemakers, chants, waving white towels behind the backboard just as a player is about to make a free throw.  You name it, fans do it.


But, you finally found one that fits the AJC's Social Marxist agenda.  White racism, white privilege, Laquessha (or whatever her name was) getting "offended".


Meanwhile, the AJC sits and wonders why nobody is buying their newspapers anymore......

Evelia Ortiz
Evelia Ortiz

BUT IF A BLACK GUY TURNED HIS BACK AS A WHITE PLAYER IS INTRODUCED, ,, YOU WOULD NEVER HEAR THE END OF IT!