Sure--there's no racism in America, riiight? (h/t Atrios)
Attorney Dennis Young, who is representing a high school basketball coach who was fired last month, told NBC10 that for ten years "the coach was told to make the team whiter." The NAACP is asking the New Jersey Attorney General to launch an investigation into the firing of Joe McLoughlin.
McLoughlin was fired in June after serving as the head basketball coach at Collingswood High School for 14 years and winning a state championship.Dozens of current and former students as well as parents gathered at a heated school board meeting on June 25, to fight to save McLoughlin's job, but they were unsuccessful.
The board made a unanimous vote to fire McLoughlin, but gave no official reason.Supporters claim the school administration was upset that African American players got more time on the court than white players.In a letter to the State Attorney General, the NAACP wrote, "Please accept this letter as a formal request for an independent investigation into the rampant but covert discrimination and civil rights violations occurring against African American students attending and/or participating in the sports program at Collingswood High School in Collingswood, New Jersey, including the participants in the boys and girls' basketball program.
"Malcolm and Leslie Clark tell NBC10 both of their children, Myesha and Malik, were mistreated after they transferred to Collingswood High from Camden High. While both made the basketball team, their parents claim Myesha, who is 5-foot-11 and Malik, who is 6-foot-3, got very little playing time. They believe the school district forced McLoughlin to not play their children.
More nonsense in Chris Christe's state. It could be as Duncan says:
It could be explicitly racial. Not denying the possibility. But I saw the "special kids must get the playing time" crap back when I was like 10 years old in Little League. I was crap at baseball then, so not resentful, but so were some of the special kids who got all the good positions and playing time.
But I have a feeling that it's the white thing....