Next time someone says we live in a post-racial world, you can share this gem which shows us that good old fashion racism is still as American as Apple Pie.
Tyra Batts, the only African American on her varsity girls basketball team in Buffalo, New York, felt a little uncomfortable when her team-mates engaged in what is apparently a non-racist 5-year old tradition of chanting “1, 2, 3, N****r.” When Batts asked her team-mates to refrain from the chant, they responded, as any non-racists would, by explaining, “you know we’re not racist, Tyra. It’s just a word, not a label.” Then, as if to further their “we’re not racist” case, during an argument about the issue, a team mate called Batts a “black piece of s**t.” Finally, the next week, Batts got into a fight, which turned physical and was suspended for five days. When Batts explained the issue behind the argument, the school proved how not racist it was by suspending the teammates who had engaged in the chant for two whole entire days! Also, the coach totally hadn’t heard the chant. The only thing she knew about, says Batts, were jokes about slavery, shackles and “picking cotton.”