Connect with us

Lifestyle

High school football players allegedly acted out ‘slave auction’ of Black teammates

Published

on

A California high school has cancelled the remaining football season after players filmed what appeared to be a “slave auction” of their Black teammates.

Members of River Valley High School’s football team are seen on video allegedly enacting the “reprehensible” so-called prank.

School district officials received the video on Thursday, prompting the shuttering of the football season.

“The recording clearly demonstrates that this situation was orchestrated and organized, which underscores my concern that students spent time contemplating this terrible act without the slightest regard that this action is hateful and hurtful,” Yuba City Unified School District Superintendent Doreen Osumi said in a statement to CNN.

“(River Valley players) may argue that it was a joke, and they intended no harm, but the fact is that this is not only harmful, it is disgraceful,” she continued.

The video was first made public by the mother of a student at the school who posted it on Facebook after her son informed her of the incident.

Advertisement

RECOMMENDED VIDEO

We apologize, but this video has failed to load.

“Re-enacting a slave sale as a prank tells us that we have a great deal of work to do with our students so they can distinguish between intent and impact,” Osumi added.

“They may have thought this skit was funny but it is not; it is unacceptable and requires us to look honestly and deeply at issues of systemic racism.”

The students were barred from competing in the rest of the football season for violating the student athlete code of conduct, Osumi said.

But because of how many students were involved in the abhorrent stunt, the team did not have enough players to fill a team, hence the season ending early.

Advertisement

Osumi added that some students could face disciplinary consequences as well.

“At this time, the District and site administration are working in earnest to identify lessons and programs to help our student body learn from this situation,” she said.

“When students find humor in something that is so deeply offensive, it tells me that we have an opportunity to help them expand their mindset to be more aware, thoughtful and considerate of others.”

  1. General view shows the University of Cambridge. October 1, 2020.

    University of Cambridge says it benefited from slave trade

  2. Ontario PC party leader Doug Ford waves from his bus as he arrives at the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities debate held at the Capitol Centre in North Bay, Ont. on Tuesday, May 10,2022.

    Doug Ford says he supports Lecce after candidate apologizes for frat ‘slave auction’

  3. A pair of golden wedding rings on wooden background, copy space

    Interracial couple celebrates engagement with slavery-inspired photoshoot

Comments

Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. Comments may take up to an hour for moderation before appearing on the site. We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful. We have enabled email notifications—you will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, there is an update to a comment thread you follow or if a user you follow comments. Visit our Community Guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings.

Follow us on Google News to get the latest Updates

Advertisement

Trending