Alabama H.S. Cheerleaders Face Backlash Over Photo of Confederate Flag t-shirt

Kenny Kuhn
August 10, 2020 - 3:00 pm

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A former Alabama high school cheerleader and her mother face backlash over a controversial photo involving a Confederate flag t-shirt posted to Instagram.

The picture showed some of the Daphne High School cheerleaders posing while one was wearing a t-shirt that read ‘I love redneck boys’ with a Confederate flag in the shape of a heart.

The picture was quickly taken down after an onslaught of negative comments.

“There’s no two sides to that flag. That means hatred, That’s what it stands for for us. We were oppressed with that flag. They used it when they burned crosses in our ancestors’ yards. When it was railed around on horses. I don’t know what history you’re reading, but if you read the U.S. history, it tells you exactly what that flag stands for and what it means, especially to African-Americans,” said Latitah Coleman the mother of one African-American cheerleader.

“I went from the coach to the principal, from the principal to the superintendent. And I kept getting vague answers. It was almost like everybody was reading a script,” she said.

Baldwin County Public Schools released this statement:

“We are aware of the situation and it has been handled at the local school level. As with any student issue, federal law prohibits us from discussing disciplinary actions, if any, involving our students. Our system has implemented sensitivity programs and Superintendent Tyler has stressed that we have a zero tolerance for racism and bullying in our system.”

A petition has been created to remove the girls from the cheerleader squad.