Thursday, December 7

California school forfeits football following ‘slave auction’ prank

A northern California high school canceled the rest of its football season after the team enacted a racist and offensive prank.

The football team at River Valley High School in Yuba City, Calif., shared a video where team members appeared to act out a “slave auction” with Black teammates.

Yuba City Unified School District Superintendent Doreen Osumni provided a statement to CNN and CBSNews calling the prank “deeply offensive.” USA TODAY reached out to the school district for comment Monday morning but did not immediately hear back.

“Re-enacting a slave comes out as a prank tells us that we have a great deal of work to do with our students so they can distinguish between intent and impact,” Osumni wrote. “They may have thought this skit was funny but it is not; it is unacceptable and requires us to look honestly and deeply at issues of systemic racism.”

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