Howell, Michigan is located some 40 minutes west of Detroit. Up until the early 90s it was considered the home of the Michigan chapter of the Ku-Klux-Klan. The town has tried to shed that image for years. Last week, it made an ugly, albeit brief resurgence during a high school basketball game.
According to MLive.com, a number of students sent out racist tweets following the school’s win over Grand Blanc—a team with both white and black players.
Among some of the tweets sent:
“Not only did we beat Grand Blanc but we’re all white. Howell’s the definite winner tonight.”
“All hail white power. #HitlerIsMyDad”
“Tonight was probably one of the most racists nights of my life. I heard so many slurs and expressions. I also said a few things…”
Hastags with other tweets included #kkk, #lightthehcross, #rosaparks, #wewhite.
Solid use of Twitter guys! You used hashtags to categorize your racism. You might be stupid and ignorant but dammit, you’re social media savvy!
Anyway, the school punished some of the kids, blah, blah blah—like it’s not gonna happen again. Oh wait…
Grand Blanc basketball senior guard Kevon Miller, said the tweets didn’t surprise him. He said Howell students hurled racial slurs at the Grand Blanc boys basketball team the previous two times the teams played, particularly during Grand Blanc’s Jan. 21 game at Howell.
Miller said he heard the N-world hurled from the Howell student section “a couple times” during Thursday night’s game at Linden High School, at one point prompting a referee to walk over and say something to the individual. He said nothing came from the Howell basketball team. In fact, he knows senior center Tyler Johnson personally.
There’s some solid parenting going on in Howell, Michigan. “We clearly need a reality show there.” ~said no one ever
(Photo via Katie McLean, MLive.com)