Mom slams ‘racist’ and divisive ‘white privilege’ banner taunting Catholic school’s football team

Backlash is building after a video of a huge banner accusing a Catholic school of “white privilege” that was displayed at a North Carolina high school football game last week hit the media, yet another example of the poisonous critical race theory that has invaded the nation’s classrooms.

Before the game between teams from a North Carolina school district, cheerleaders from Butler High School displayed the pink sign reading “Sniff, sniff. You smell that? Privilege” with the P-word in white and bracketed by dollar signs.

The message is that Butler’s opponent, Charlotte Catholic High School was fielding a team that benefitted from “white privilege,” a racist slur that has become an integral component of the “woke” left’s cultural jihad against America’s history and traditions that while outlandish, has been embraced by the media, major corporations and the upper echelon of one of the nation’s two political parties.

One mother, who is the parent of a student at Charlotte Catholic who was in attendance at the game, spoke out against what at best was insensitive and at worst, a display of outright bigotry, expressing her dismay during an interview on “Fox & Friends.”

Melissa Swanson, the single mother of a biracial son, told host Ainsley Earhardt that the sign was definitely a bigoted message directed at the Catholic students and their families.

(Video: Fox News)

Swanson recounted the experience, “So the Butler High School cheerleaders were holding a sign that said, ‘sniff sniff, smell that privilege’ and privilege was written in white.”

“I know a lot of parents didn’t catch on really quickly what the privilege meant,” she said, “that it was written in white, but just based on my own son and what I deal with on a daily basis and what I try to teach him, I picked up on white privilege right away.”

The host asked her whether she believed the banner was racist.

Swanson responded, “I hate to use that word, but yes,” she said, “It was definitely geared towards the white, rich, privileged folks that they think are the only people at the Catholic school,” an idea that she denied was true.

“Absolutely not,” Swanson said, “as mentioned, I have a biracial son, I’m a single mom, and by no means would I call myself rich or privileged.”

When asked by Earhardt whether she believed that the school knew about the racist banner, Swanson replied, “Oh, the school had to know about it, like I said, the cheerleaders were holding it out on the field and that’s the disappointing part of all of this, the parents, the coaches, the school administration, they all allowed this to happen and at what point is enough enough? And when the adults are allowing this, that’s where the problem lies.”

Earhardt noted that a series of actions would be taken in response to Butler’s racist political statement, drawing a positive response from Swanson who said that what she really wants is an end to the divisiveness.

“What I would like to see is the coming together,” she said, “at some point, we’re going to have to come together, and we’re going to have to get over this because our children are seeing it and it’s allowed and when the children are allowed to do this, and if the parents and the adults aren’t stopping it, it’s only going to continue.”

Charlotte Mecklenburg School District leaders have apologized in a statement provided to Charlotte television station WBTV.

“CMS is aware of an insensitive banner displayed by the Butler HS cheerleading squad prior to the school’s football game versus Charlotte Catholic last Friday. Squad members and adults responsible for oversight will face consequences as a result of that banner display. School and district officials will offer no specific information about this disciplinary matter,” the statement said.

“Principal Golden and Learning Community Superintendent Tangela Williams have spoken with leaders from Charlotte Catholic to offer verbal apologies. Butler High School cheerleaders have sent an apology letter to counterparts at Charlotte Catholic. Soon there will be a meeting between the schools’ cheerleading squads to facilitate goodwill and understanding,” according to CMS Media Relations Specialist Vicki Grooms.

The menace of critical race theory indoctrination in the nation’s schools is now fully out in the open and parents are fighting back.


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