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POAS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:20 AM
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Football in "blackface", no I'm not kidding!
Seems that some in Ohio don't find "blackface" to be racist, just maybe a little insensitive. This is from the Akron Beacon Journal

Associated Press

HUDSON - Teams in two Cleveland suburbs are quitting a youth football league because of racially insensitive actions by fans, coaches said.

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The president of the Hudson Hawks Youth Football Association, John Elffers, has apologized for fans who wore Afro wigs and painted their faces black at a playoff game Sunday. Shaker Heights coach Jeffrey Saffold said Hudson fans also used a racially offensive word during Sunday's game and at two other times.

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Elffers said that the Hudson fans' actions were foolish and insensitive but not intended to insult or offend.


More at the link provided.
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MikeNearMcChord Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:27 AM
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1. What they need to do, for next year
is tell the Hudson Hawks Youth Football club, that they will be suspended from playing football next year, I know that the kids will be punished, but this crap needs to be dealt with severely. This is not European Soccer.
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Monkeyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:28 AM
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2. Agree
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ProgressiveEconomist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:34 AM
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3. This outrageeous open racism has been expressed for many years
In that league!

From http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/15871661.htm?template... :

"Football league split by behavior of fans: Shaker Heights, Euclid quit after racial display

Associated Press; Posted on Sat, Oct. 28, 2006

HUDSON - Teams in two Cleveland suburbs are quitting a youth football league because of racially insensitive actions by fans, coaches said. Shaker Heights and Euclid plan to leave the North Coast Youth Football Conference after the championship game this weekend. ...

Elffers said that the Hudson fans' actions were foolish and insensitive but not intended to insult or offend. He said Hudson's teams have played in the league for 15 years and have not received complaints about the costumes before, even against other teams with black players.

Paul Samide, a Hudson fan, said they have worn wigs and face paint for years because of the team's nickname, Black Hawks.

The league has 1,200 players ages 7 to 11 on 50 teams."
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POAS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:53 PM
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8. I loved that part
"they have worn wigs and face paint for years because of the team's nickname, Black Hawks."

What's wrong with wearing a birds head or a beak? What the hell does an afro wig have to do with birds?
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:56 AM
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4. i have heard a lot lately, too sensitive, dont take offense,.....
just a joke....

this last week i have had four different people attack female one way or another, and if i dare to speak out i am being too pc, too sensitive. or the start of a joke and the person says, now dont take offense... wtf? i told the person, the point you have to say that, before a joke, you know there is something to take offense with

a lot of this bullshit going on today.

then i am told why i shouldnt be so snesitive, or a gay shouldnt be so sensitive.... not that the white male has a clue about being female or gay... and thinking if i made a comment about the knuckle dragging white male, they would be offended. they would have issue. they wouldnt think it funny
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originalpckelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 12:03 PM
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5. Personally, I want to know why black people are so insensitive...
Edited on Sat Oct-28-06 12:04 PM by originalpckelly
and wrecking the fun of a couple care free and go lucky football fans, by being "offended".
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Little Star Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 12:14 PM
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6. Is this really 2006? How much more back wards
can this country go? Disgusting!!!
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 12:15 PM
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7. it is going..... hard and fast n/t
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