Debate sparks over student display at high school football game

Debate sparks over student display at high school football game
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3 3 BRIANA URENA-RAVELOIT’S ALL VERY OBVIOUS. YOU CAN’T DENY THE OVERT INTENTIONAL RACISM AND INTIMIDATION” INTIMIDATION” SOME ARE CALLING A FOUL TONIGHT — FOLLOWING THIS DISPLAY AT LAST NIGHTS FOOTBALL GAME BETWEEN FORREST HILLS CENTRAL AND OTTAWA HILLS…. IT’S A TRUMP CAMPAIGN FLAG — AND THE OLD BETSY ROSS FLAG THAT REPRESENTED THE 13 ORIGINAL COLONIES…. CRITICS SAY THE DISPLAY WAS RACIST AND INTIMIDATING TO THE PREDOMINANTLY BLACK HOME TEAM PLAYING AGAINST THE MOSTLY WHITE FOREST HILLS SCHOOL… 3 IT’S CAUSED HUNDREDS TO REACT ONLINE…. 24 HOUR NEWS 8’S MARVIS HERRING IS HERE TONIGHT WITH THE STORY…. 3 LEON, THE TEAMS SQUARED OFF AT HOUSEMAN FIELD LAST NIGHT — ONE OF THE FIRST FOOTBALL GAMES OF THE SEASON… BUT SOME OF THE TALK SURROUNDING THE GAME — WAS FOCUSED ON WHAT HAPPEND IN THE STANDS… 3 3 IT WAS HARD TO MISS THIS ROWDY CROWD OF STUDENTS IN THE FOREST HILL CENTRAL FAN SECTION LAST NIGHT. DRESSED IN RED, WHITE AND BLUE … SOME FELT THEIR MESSAGE WAS RACIST…..BRIANA URENA-RAVELO FOR THESE WHITE KIDS FROM A WHITE SCHOOL TO BRING OUT A FLAG OF THE COLONIES WITH THE MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN TRUMP FLAG TO A GAME WITH BLACK STUDENTS ON THE FIELD. IT’S ALL VERY OBVIOUS.BRIANA URENA- RAVELO CAUGHT WIND OF THE SITUATION AFTER A FRIEND POSTED VIDEO ON FACEBOOK FROM THE GAME. BRIANA URENA-RAVELO HONESTLY IT’S DISGUSTING COMMENTS AGREEING WITH HER POURED IN ON FACEBOOK. URENA-RAVELO SAYS PARADING THE BETSY ROSS FLAG AT A GAME AGAINST A PREDOMINANTLY BLACK SCHOOL LIKE OTTAWA HILL HIGH IS OFFENSIVE.BRIANA URENA- RAVELO WHAT WERE THE CONDITIONS FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR WHEN THAT FLAG WAS CREATED? I WAS PROPERTY. OTHER PEOPLE WERE GETTING THEIR LAND STOLEN. NATS OF FOOTBALL GAMEDR. TONY BAKER, THE PRESIDENT OF GRAND RAPIDS PUBLIC SCHOOLS BOARD OF EDUCATION, WAS AT LAST NIGHT’S GAME.HE TOLD US HE QUICKLY SAW THE FALLOUT. FALLOUT.DR. TONY BAKER I REALIZED THAT THERE WAS THIS REAL BUZZ OF CONCERN FROM THE PRINCIPAL AND TEACHERS AND SOME OF THE PARENTS WHO WERE CONCERNED ABOUT THE MESSAGE THAT WAS BEING PORTRAYED. THEN I SAW. SO, I SAW THE KIDS HOLDING THE FLAG. DR. BAKER SAYS HE AND THE PRINCIPAL TALKED ABOUT A RESPONSE TO KEEP STUDENTS SAFE, BUT HE SAID THIS THEY WERE ALSO CONCERNED ABOUT FREEDOM OF SPEACH….BAKER SAYS HE HOPES THE DISPLAY WASN’T OFFENSIVE INTENTIONALLY….SOME FANS DEFENDED THE STUDENTS MAKING THE DISPLAY — SAYING IT WAS SIMPLY A SHOW OF POLITICAL SUPPORT…. EITHER WAY DR. BAKER SAYS THIS WAS A FUMBLE….DR. TONY BAKERTHE CONSEQUENCE WHETHER IT WAS INTENDED OR NOT WAS THAT PEOPLE FELT THAT THEY WERE BEING TAUNTEDBRIANA URENA- RAVELO THEY SHOULD REALLY LOOK DEEPLY HOW TOXIC THAT IS AND WHAT THEY’RE TEACHING THEIR KIDS. 3 FOREST HILL CENTRAL WON THAT GAME 35 TO 14. I DID CALL FOREST HILLS’ SUPERINTENDENT’S CELL PHONE AND EMAILED HIM AROUND 3-30 THIS AFTERNOON. I ALSO EMAILED A FEW OTHER SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS LIKE THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR. RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE NOT HEARD BACK BUT IT IS A WEEKEND AND WE’LL SHARE

9 thoughts on “Debate sparks over student display at high school football game

  1. Why does it have to be racist? Is it possible that the use of the original American flag could be representational of a call for a return to a government that follows the constitution. Or to represent the revolution that is taking place right now.

    Though seeing that message would take an open mind.

  2. people can wateva they want bt white ppl have alway been oppressors blacks arent the only race thats been fucked over native americans were too n many others n fyi many do have confederate flags in their yards n cars so u dont have to yell it for ppl to kno where u stand

  3. The theme of the student section was patriotic in honor of 9/11. Someone thought it would be patriotic to bring a Trump flag so he did.

  4. It was an USA themed event, and some students wanted to have fun. This shouldn't be an issue, this is something that was looked too into. I am someone who genuinely loves flags and I favor the "Betsy Ross" over our current flag due to its simpler design and the fact that without those men (racists or not), this country wouldn't be here today. The "Betsy Ross" should never be known for only the horrible acts committed during its time. If that were the case, ANY symbol should be put in the same place because of all of the terrible things that ALL men and women (Native Americans, Europeans, Africans, etc) have committed. Painting any act white people do (that can have a "connection" to racist intent) is wrong and people need to realize that for me to support a group like BLM. Before you know it, when a mainly black team goes against a mainly white team, no one can root for the whiter team because THAT'S racist!

  5. Well look who's president now. Y'all idiots calling this racist but they were just supporting a candidate along his campaign. I'm happy the students were being engaged in politics.

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