The assistant vice president of an Alabama cheerleading squad has resigned amidst complaints about his decision to wear a racist t-shirt to practice.
Brian McCracken, the assistant vice president of the Boaz youth cheerleading program, submitted a resignation along with that of his wife, Melynnda, a fellow officer with the program (Melynnda McCracken served as a vice president). The resignations followed a heated week in which Brian McCracken and friend Brian McDowell attended a team practice wearing two racially insensitive shirts that read “White Power” and “The Original Boys in the Hood” with a picture of a KKK member donning a white hood.
The shirts were particularly hurtful to one of the program’s fellow volunteer coaches, Kayleigh Tipton, who is the mother of a biracial member of the Boaz youth cheerleading squad. When Tipton complained about the shirts to North Alabama Youth Football commissioner Kenny Jones, the league informed McCracken that the shirt was not acceptable and he agreed not to wear it at any other official functions.
The sordid story could have ended there … but it didn’t. Instead, when Tipton returned to practice days later, she was told that she was no longer welcome as a volunteer coach by none other than Melynnda McCracken.
“I’m just disgusted because I feel like I didn’t do anything wrong besides make a complaint that should have been kept private to begin with,” Tipton told Alabama NBC affiliate WSFA. “I asked why and she could not give me any reason.
“It’s awful. I mean, I don’t stand for it, I don’t want my kids around it. No one I know wants their kids around anything like that.”
The resignations have likely ensured that hate-inspired apparel doesn’t return to the program’s practices. That is some small consolation for Tipton and her husband, who continue to navigate the situation while forced to explain the concept of racism to their young children.