Ind. Middle School Basketball Coach Suspended for Telling Players Not to ‘Act Black’

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An Indiana middle school girls' basketball coach has been suspended after telling members of the team not to "act black," while also referring to players on another team as "ghetto," The Elkhart Truth reports.

According to the report, Vicky Rogers, a teacher and a coach at Elkhart's North Side Middle School, was suspended on Jan. 22 for the racially charged comments which were made before a Jan. 15 game, confirmed by the school principal in a meeting videotaped by a parent, and also in official records from the school.

“I don’t care what you think about what I am about to say, but you better not go out there and act black like the ghetto girls at Pierre Moran," Rogers reportedly told the team, according to one of the mothers of one of the players. Rogers reportedly apologized to the team on one of the practices before she was suspended.

“There are at least 50 other words she could have used to describe an unruly girl,” another mother stated, the Truth notes. “Not one of those words happens to be ‘black,’ and that’s because I don’t think in those terms. For this coach to use that word, it really tells me how she feels about race.”

“I don’t want my daughter to feel like the color of her skin is something she needs to hide so she doesn’t come across as 'ghetto,’” one of the mothers added. “That whole idea that the coach put in my daughter’s head is something I can never take back out. She has never identified as ignorant or not well-behaved because she is black.”

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