A Missouri powder-puff football team is in trouble after photos of members in blackface went viral.
Apparently, Sullivan High’s girls’ squad also played the game in the offensive makeup.
“And then I thought, ‘Oh, they don’t mean anything by it. Just let it go. No one thinks anything of it.’ I didn’t think anyone did,” says [Jennifer] Schmidt, the principal of Sullivan High School. “Evidently, someone did.”
Evidently indeed. Photos taken during the game show twelve members of the senior class wearing dour expressions beneath full-blown blackface, and someone at the game shared those photos on Facebook. The reactions to the photos have been rippling within the small town of Sullivan (60 miles southwest of St. Louis) ever since.
The girls, says Schmidt, have been “very embarrassed and shocked at some of the responses they’ve gotten, because I think some people had some stuff on Facebook and got the wrong intention.”
Photos of the game which is a yearly tradition to raise funds for the school prom, later appeared on the athletic department’s Twitter feed. Schmidt said the photos were intentioanal taken at a distance so painted faces were impossible to discern. She insist that the game “was just a fun kind of fundraiser.”
Will whites ever take blackface seriously?
How can they not see how offensive it really is? Do they not care?
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