Mock ‘Slave Auction’ of Black Players Prompts High School to Forfeit Football Season

Mock ‘Slave Auction’ of Black Players Prompts High School to Forfeit Football Season

River Valley High School’s varsity football team is forfeiting Friday night’s contest at Woodcreek due to the discovery of a “disturbing” video depicting a slave auction, according to the Yuba City Unified School District.

In an email sent to district staff members Thursday night, including those at River Valley High, YCUSD Superintendent Doreen Osumi announced the forfeiture of the Capital Valley Conference game in Roseville, saying the school district has launched an investigation into a “disgraceful” video made by River Valley players.

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In the email, Osumi wrote, “I received a copy of a recording of River Valley High School football team members acting out a reprehensible act of a slave auction. The recording clearly demonstrates that this situation was orchestrated and organized, which underscores my concern that students spent time contemplating this terrible act without the slightest regard that this action is hateful and hurtful.”

The letter continued: “(River Valley players) may argue that it was a joke, and they intended no harm, but the fact is that this is not only harmful, it is disgraceful.”

Osumi said the district office is “investigating the situation to determine which players were involved and to offer our support and sincere regard for the humiliation and anger that this must be causing.”

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Source: Sacramento Bee

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