Monday, December 29, 2014

'I Can't Breathe' T-shirts see high-school basketball team disinvited from event

From the Guardian:

A high school basketball tournament on the Northern California coast has become the latest flashpoint in nationwide protests over police killings of unarmed black men.

The boys and girls varsity basketball teams from Mendocino High School were disinvited from a tournament that starts on Monday at nearby Fort Bragg High, because of concerns players would wear T-shirts with the words “I Can’t Breathe” printed on them while warming up.

More here.

This makes no sense. Teenagers, being citizens, have, like all citizens, the freedom to express themselves, guaranteed by the first amendment.

And this is just straight up BS: "Principal Rebecca Walker issued a written statement on Friday saying school administrators respected the Mendocino teams 'for paying attention to what is going on in the world around them' and that the T-shirts were being prohibited as a security precaution."

A security precaution? My ass. More like they don't want to deal with any flak.