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.