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Alabama school apologizes for using Trump slogan, signs at game against largely African American foe

An Alabama school has issued a formal apology for incorporating Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s official campaign slogan as a theme for a game against an opponent from a predominantly African American school.

As reported by AL.com, Briarwood Christian ran through signs that exhorted the team to “Make America Great Again, Trump the Tigers.” The Tigers were the team’s opponent from Fairfield High, a district that is comprised of a majority African American students, according to AL.com. There were additional “Trump the Tigers” signs found on the Briarwood Christian sidelines as well.

Briarwood Christian cruised to a 27-0 victory in the game between the schools.

“Briarwood Christian School desires to publicly apologize for any understandable offense caused by the sign used during a recent football game,” an e-mail from the school to AL.com read. “The message of the sign did not represent the school’s deep commitment to biblical principles and values, nor did it reflect our commitment to honoring and respecting our guests. Our existing policies were not followed effectively and appropriate measures will be taken to correct this. Above all we desire to seek forgiveness of any who were offended.”

Fairfield officials did not release any authoritative comment on the incident, though the superintendent made it clear that some who were at the game were displeased at being confronted by the signs.

“No one has given (or) filed an official complaint, but I have heard from some of the parents who felt it was disrespectful and they were wondering the intent of the sign,” Fairfield City Schools Superintendent Walter Gonsoulin told AL.com.

All Gonsoulin needed to realize discontent was simmering was take a quick tour through social media, where some Fairfield students and fans had made their disappointment quite clear, not to mention some other impartial onlookers.

9 comments
nytw295
nytw295

Maybe next year the opposing team can put up a sign about feeding christians to the tigers.

Weatherby
Weatherby

What is not reported by media is that the visiting team was fed before the game which is not usually done by the home team's school ,and, in addition, the cheerleaders had baked treats before the game for the visiting cheerleaders. There is no team more hospitable to visiting teams than this high school. In addition , the sign was made by the cheerleaders with no faculty approval (although likely that will change) and so a few teenage girls, who are too young to have the politically correct sensitivities that democrats want them to have ,came up with this idea on their own which they thought was a clever slogan. So, all the hysteria about it this being a purposeful racist effort by the school is completely off base and people need to just chill. So, there was no racist intent here. Obviously it is wrong to put political statements of any kind on these banners and the school has apologized and taken steps to be sure it doesn't happen again.

Boobie12
Boobie12

Suspend the kids who wrote it...fire the coach who let them do it....sue the company where the paper came from...sue the marker company...the cafeteria lady made meat loaf instead of spaghetti.....really omg it's a freaking sign and I'm pretty sure black kids play for the other team...

TwinRuler
TwinRuler

Why apologize? Why should it mean anything that the other school is predominantly black?  People don't have to vote a certain way because of how they look.  

timothyJ999
timothyJ999

Are you being purposely obtuse, or are you really that oblivious? The Trump campaign has hired and welcomed white supremacists and alt-right leaders. The CEO of his campaign is a well-known and self-described white supremacist and antisemite. Trump's statements and positions are explicitly racist.

If you that using his campaign's slogans and his name is an appropriate way to welcome a predominantly black school, you're either willfully blind, too dumb to engage, or an actual sadist.

Webb City Dad
Webb City Dad

It's just a sign and play on words. Thought and word police are trolling again