Posted November 18, 2013

Alabama high school taunts ‘Indians’ opponent with ‘Trail of Tears’ sign

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McAdory High defeated the Pinson Valley Indians 34-17 on Friday. (fiftyfourfortyorfight.tumblr.com)

McAdory High defeated the Pinson Valley Indians 34-17 on Friday. (fiftyfourfortyorfight.tumblr.com)

McAdory High School in Alabama is under fire after they unveiled a racially charged sign during a football game last weekend, according to Travis Waldron of ThinkProgress.org.

Before last Friday’s playoff game against the Pinson Valley Indians, McAdory supporters unveiled a banner reading, “Hey Indians, get ready to leave in a Trail of Tears Round 2.” After the banner gained attention online, the school eventually apologized:

“This was not condoned by the school administration, the Jefferson County Board of Education or the community,” McAdory principal Tod Humphries said in the statement. “The person who would normally be responsible for approving such signs is out on maternity leave, and I take full responsibility that arrangements were not made to have the signs pre-approved before the ballgame. Please accept our sincere apologies to the Native American people and to anyone who was offended by the reference to an event that is a stain on our nation’s past forever.”

McAdory officials also said they would have their history teachers revisit the 1830 Indian Removal Act, which created what is known today as the Trail of Tears.

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4 comments
KlamathRiverGuy
KlamathRiverGuy

This ties into the entire mascot issue. If racist mascots weren't allowed in sports then these stupid kids would not have had the opportunity to make such a hateful banner. I am a Yurok who strongly opposes American Indians as sports mascots. This petition was spurred from the McAdory "Trail of Tears" banner. The McAdory team was taunting the opposing team with their offending banner. The opposing team was the Pinson Valley Indians, whose homecoming float carried a child complete with fake leather fringed shirt and pants, wearing a dyed chicken feather headdress while standing next to his teepee. Also on the float was a paper chain made with white, black, red and yellow links, the four colors of the medicine wheel. This is another shining example of how Indian mascots are in no way "honoring" any native American Indian, living or deceased, and is just a blatant form of accepted racism that needs to end. Please join this campaign: http://chn.ge/1aFKyOF

theger26
theger26

The big question after the game was "HOW" did we get beat so bad

theger26
theger26

I wonder if anyone was scalping tickets???