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12/10/11

1-2-3- Nigger!

In the year 2011, this is the chant (secret chant) from a basketball team in Kenmore East high school, and it's not a one time thing but have been a tradition.

Tyra Batts, put her voice to air this dirty secret and got punished for it. As always in history, there will be that one voice in many who will stand up for right.

"The whole team before our game has a ritual of saying 1-2-3 and then the N word," says Tyra Batts, the only African-American member of her Buffalo-area high school team. "It's a tradition that's been going on for years." 
If the team, didn't think it was wrong, they wouldn't have done it in secret.

I refuse to believe that the coaches and parents and other school officials had no knowledge of this practice.

The article goes on to say when Batt's confronted one of her team mate about the practice, she was physically attacked and also called other racial names.

The school didn't really do anything until her mother went to the local news about what was happening.
According to Tyra Batts, the chant was only a fraction of the racist remarks she'd been subjected to from her teammates
Now, other students at the school are sending their own message on Twitter. "Our school is racist" one student tweeted. Another classmate wrote simply, "I'm soo embarrassed to go to kenmore east."

As a black woman, I know racism is around me and because it's not always blatant like what this student went through, I simply ignore it. However if it's something that I saw hurting someone else or purposely directed at me, then I'd have to get on it right away.

Racism is never alright. And should not be overlooked.

I'm very glad that Batt's stood up, despite being the lone voice.

Read the story.


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6 comments :

  1. That is so horrible! I am glad that Tyra had the guts to come forward about this. This young sister will go far!

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  2. Racism is never okay, you're so right. I just don't get it. I was always taught the 'N' word wasn't nice, and I would never use it.

    My daddy taught me the 'N' word can apply to any race. It's just a horrible word to classify an inferior people or at least to the person using such a word.

    I think people who use the "N" word are the inferior class, if you ask me. This is coming from someone who is as white as the driven snow. lol.

    There are ugly people, I'm not speaking of someone's physical appearance, of all colors. In this life, we will know no true peace amongst races because human's are of a sinful nature and they can't see beyond their own prejudices.

    In heaven, we'll all live together in one accord in complete bliss. Now, that's gonna be wonderfu! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I admire this young woman who saw something she knew was wrong and stood up and said so. We are beautifully and wondrously made in God's image. The "N" word was not initially made to be racial but a put down for a man who was shiftless. In my opinion those who use words to slander and hurt others are they themselves the words they use. As I move through the Bible in my chapter challenge blog I find the Egyptians were prejudiced against the Israelites. The Israelites were healthier, more prolific, and blessed by God so the Egyptians were fearful that if they became too strong they may join their enemies and defeat them so they began to oppress them. Prejudism is dirty, evil, and selfish and it separates us from God.

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  4. That's absolutely uncalled for no matter what. I'm SO glad she spoke up, because that kind of thing should never be allowed to continue.

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  5. it's not easy to be singled out. around here if someone is heard saying the N word they are punished, sent home.

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  6. Well, I have to tell you a lil' story. Back in the day when racism was at it's peak, and black folk weren't allowed to sit at coffee counters, and had to ride in the back of the bus & they weren't called black & beautiful they were called colored. My mother was actually terrified of black men. Women not so much or children. If there was a black man walking down the street we would cross the street. Colored people indeed I thought. What are they green, yellow orange with pink dots? It didn't make any sense to me. I had a friend who was black & I shared everything with her (I wish I could find her today), but when my parents found out they forbid me to play with her. It broke my heart, but I remember I gave her my Connie Stevens doll, which I loved & said never forget me. Dam that broke my heart. If only the world could learn from children.

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