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ADL Deeply Distressed by Serra High School Coaches’ Inclusion of “Black Face” in Halloween Costume
The Anti-Defamation is troubled by news reports that two Serra High School Varsity football coaches attended a private Halloween party this past weekend with their faces painted black and dressed as the Jamaican bobsled team from the 1993 movie “Cool Running’s.” According to ABC News, one of the coaches posted photos of himself in costume on his Facebook page.
“These coaches’ decision to incorporate ‘black face’ into their Halloween costumes shows a disregard for the fraught racial history of our country and the unique role that ‘black face’ played in establishing and furthering racist images and attitudes,” said Tammy Gillies, San Diego Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League. “We call upon the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) to investigate this matter and send a clear message to its community of parents, teachers and students that this type of insensitivity has no place in San Diego. As a national leader in anti-bias education, ADL stands ready to assist SDUSD as we work together to increase awareness in an effort to rid our community of harmful bias.”
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