A predominately Black basketball team is refusing to play today — on MLK Day — due to entitled teenagers displaying a “Trump 2020: Keep America Great!” flag. The coach for the team is now speaking out.
Michael Walker coaches Minneapolis Roosevelt High School and wrote on Facebook, “I coach a predominantly black inner city high school team. We go out to a rural area in Jordan, MN and this is there. Please explain how and why this is appropriate at a high school basketball game?” See below:
After the coach and the basketball team saw the flag, they refused to play their scheduled game for today.
The Star Tribune reports, the white students were retaliating because they felt like the team were “causing an uproar on social media” for choosing to stay in their locker room during the national anthem. However, Minneapolis schools spokesman Dirk Tedmon said “the Jordan team was made aware of that practice before the game.”
Of course, the parents are defending this act, which was clearly used to insult the basketball team, by saying it has nothing to do with race. Bridget Kahn, the mother who owned the Trump flag and gave it to her child, babbled her son was just “supporting their president” and “they don’t have a racist bone in their body.”
Jeanna Orris, another willfully ignorant parent who has three children in district schools, said, “I have no issues with a Trump flag at our game last night in regards to racism. It could be seen as ‘It’s actually pretty cool [young people] are paying attention to things going on in our country.’” She then added this gem, “Our little town is the least racist … I just don’t understand how this got turned into a race thing.”
When anyone claims they are the “least racist” that normally translates to being a raging racist.
Crystal Flint, who coached the Minneapolis North girls team from 2005 until 2018, told The Star Tribune, “You got freedom of speech, but would that remotely be appropriate? No, it would not. Why is politics being represented at sports? Is there an intimidation factor? … I think it’s divisive in this racial climate that we have.”
The Jordan school district’s superintendent Matt Helgerson released the following statement, “[District officials] regret that Roosevelt players and their coaching staff, fans and community were made to feel uncomfortable, as it is always our intent to graciously host our opponents. The district is] reviewing this matter and collecting information [and] working cooperatively with the Minneapolis School District and Roosevelt High School in our review and response to this event.”
The real question is, where were the incompetent to faculty members who allowed for this flag to be displayed front row at a high school basketball game. Similar to how teachers did nothing when a Black student was forced to cut off his locs, there was silence.
Hopefully, the investigation leads to the students being punished.