A Minnesota high school basketball team pulled out of a tournament game scheduled for today, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, after its coach got triggered by a Trump 2020 flag in the bleachers.
Michael Walker ― the coach of the Minneapolis Roosevelt High School basketball ― got enraged after seeing students of the opposing team display a “Trump 2020 flag” in the bleachers of a basketball game last week.
Coach: Trump Flag Is Not Appropriate
“Please explain how and why this is appropriate at a high school basketball game?” Walker fumed on Facebook (see photo below). “I coach a predominantly black inner city high school team. We go out to a rural area in Jordan, MN, and this is there.”
Basically, Michael Walker is suggesting that there are racial overtones in the Trump 2020 banner that the teen fans in the stands were holding.
Keep in mind that the students did not say anything. They just sat there with their inanimate flag draped across their laps.
Roosevelt HS Team Refuse To Stand for Anthem
Coach Walker and some parents say there’s no room for politics in high school sports.
However, the Roosevelt High School basketball team has apparently been causing waves for weeks by refusing to stand for the national anthem at both home and away games.
Instead, they chose to stay in their locker rooms during the playing of the anthem, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
A parent named Jeanna Orris says she doesn’t understand how the Trump 2020 flag incident turned into a “racism” scandal:
“They were not trying to be offensive. Our little town is the least racist. I just don’t understand how this got turned into a race thing.”
Meanwhile, former school coach Crystal Flint sided with Michael Walker, saying politics should be kept out of high school athletics.
“Why is politics being represented at sports?” Flint asked. “I think it’s divisive in this racial climate that we have.”
Surprise! MLK’s Niece Is a Trump Supporter
Keep in mind that Martin Luther King Jr. — whose birthday is being celebrated today — has repeatedly urged people to not judge people based on their skin colors. What would he have thought of this divisive incident?
For the record, Dr. King’s niece, Alveda King, voted for President Donald Trump.
It was my great honor to sign H.R. 267, the “Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park Act,” which redesignates the Martin Luther King, Junior, National Historic Site in the State of Georgia as the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park. https://t.co/Qe0b6HBFTY pic.twitter.com/QTgaqTawPT
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2018
— Alveda King (@AlvedaCKing) December 22, 2018
Happy Martin Luther King Day everyone. This picture bring back fond memories of when I had the honor of campaigning with Alveda King, niece of the great and amazing Trump supporter. #mlk #martinlutherking pic.twitter.com/ky1FlxoRKz
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 15, 2018
And Martin Luther King III — the oldest son of the civil rights icon — is chummy with President Trump.
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) January 16, 2017
In February 2017, Alveda King blasted Senator Elizabeth Warren for using her family’s name to race-bait and grandstand politically.
So it’s safe to assume that she doesn’t appreciate further attempts to race-bait (like what Coach Walker is doing) on the anniversary of her uncle’s birthday.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 10, 2017
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