Bucs show support of classmates affected by racism

GH varsity girls team wears tie-dyed shoe laces in regional finals victory
Matt DeYoung
Mar 8, 2013

 

Grace Kendra wanted to come up with a way that she and her teammates could take a stand against the racial intimidation episodes that recently took place at Grand Haven High School.

So the Buccaneers’ senior suggested she and her teammates swap out the white or black laces in their high tops with colorful tie-dyed shoelaces. Kendra said the brightly colored laces represent the multiple races of the student body.

“I went to the press conference on Monday and decided it was not only the administration’s responsibility, but the students’ responsibility, too,” Kendra said following her team’s 36-26 regional championship win over Grandville. “I figured my team could get involved, stand up and let our classmates know that it wasn’t right, so we decided to change our shoelaces so it would be seen by the fans.”

Kendra said she wants people to know that the acts of a few don’t represent the feelings of the majority.

“I knew I that I had to speak out when I learned about the experiences of my classmates,” she said. “I wanted to comfort them and reassure them that those racist acts don’t represent a majority of the Grand Haven High School’s student body.”

The Buccaneers were eager to take up Kendra’s cause.

“When Grace came to the team, I knew that we had to respond right away,” said junior Mallory Beswick. “The game gave us an opportunity to share our statement with the whole community.”

Kendra said she and her team are considering asking their fans to wear tie dyed T-shirts to Tuesday’s state quarterfinals game in a continued show of support for those who were discriminated against.

Comments

Yaright

VladTheLimp- Are Moslems like Muslims? FYI-real Irish have a name for people like you, Plasitc Paddys...As an actual Irish person, I cant stand when someone professes to be irish because their 8x great grand parent came to wmi and intermixed with 7 generations of dutch. Your proabably as much and authority on irish culture and native american. I am assuming your a plastic paddy. (fake irish for all the wmi dutch irish out there) Unless ofcourse I am wrong. What county are you from?

Yaright

VladTheLimp- Are Moslems like Muslims? FYI-real Irish have a name for people like you, Plasitc Paddys...As an actual Irish person, I cant stand when someone professes to be irish because their 8x great grand parent came to wmi and intermixed with 7 generations of dutch. Your proabably as much and authority on irish culture and native american. I am assuming your a plastic paddy. (fake irish for all the wmi dutch irish out there) Unless ofcourse I am wrong. What county are you from?

BBallJunky12

Enough will all the SL fans saying negative comments about the GH girls team. Just because the freshman team at Grand Haven would put a beating on your varsity girls team doesn't mean you need to get all fired up about this situation.

Vladtheimp

Moslems are what they were called before political correctness dictated we call them what they want to be called (See, e.g. Sir Winston Churchill; “The River War”, first edition, Volume II, pages 248-250, published by Longmans, Green & Company, 1899).

You're right, I wasn't born in Ireland (if that is the proper criterion, how many commenters here were born on a reservation)? I was born in County of Queens, New York - both grandmothers off the boat. I "lived" in an Irish Bar in Washington, D.C. for 10 years, was on an all Irish dart team, and have maintained a friendship with the bodyguard of the former Irish ambassador for over 20 years - so I know a few "actual Irish persons" including both of my grandmothers. No Dutch if that helps you any (have a problem with Dutch, eh?).

I'm really impressed that all you got out of my comment that you felt necessary to attack is that I wasn't born in Galway or Mayo and might have some Dutch ancestry. Given that intellect, I fear most of my "actual Irish" friends would suspect you are really a Limey.

Slainthe (or Pog mo tho... - I'm sure you know the rest).

Yaright

My point-You spat off the high horse on how your not offended being a Mick by St Patricks day, and how people that arent native americans have no base for their opinions. Neither do you Plastic. I hate when people refer to irish bars...its not irish its in dc...keep the same test for yourself as you do for others...be comfortable with what you are....your friend was a bodygaurd for an irish ambassador and your include that???? do you have another friend you once was a hairdresser for an irish dancer?

not a limey-plastic....more than you could ever know...keep wearing that costume

Vladtheimp

Thank you for your explanation - I think I get your logic now. I'm an American of Irish descent but I can't refer to myself as Irish because I wasn't born there; Yaright can refer to Americans of Dutch descent as Dutch even though they weren't born there because, well, because he can; Americans of American Indian descent can refer to themselves as Native Americans even if they weren't born on the reservation. I really would like to understand these things from your perspective, Yaright, but unfortunately I'm not flexible enough for the anal-cranial inversion that would entail.

Good luck to you, and have a nice life. From Plastic.

MaHubah

I think Sirhandalot is right. Kids need to get out of Grand Haven and experience the real world. A good experience would be to go to D.C and catch a Redskins game. Or maybe tour the White House. Oh thats right, they cancelled tours. Hmmm maybe they could go watch Obama play golf with Tiger on yet another waste of our money. Oh, Ye Hippocrates!

Bytheshore4

I'm sorry but most of you people are adults living in Grand Haven, and you are all out of touch. It's not like GHHS is 100% Caucasian, we actually have a pretty good amount of diversity. Spend a day at the high school, many of my friends are minorities. You have no right to say that every single kid in Grand Haven is out of touch, you are on the outside looking in. Could we maybe experience more of the outside world? Yes, for sure. But is that a bad thing? No, not necessarily, we are still in high school and have the rest of our lives starting after we graduate to go out into the world and do that.

sprtygirl

Wow...really?...I guess all the little girls that dress up as Pocahontas because they admire her for Halloween are now racists? Seriously? And look out Disney - you are now racists as well for making movies like Pocohontas and Mulan...and instead of criticizing the girls for showing support with their shoe laces, why not admire a group of 16, 17 and 18 year olds for doing something rather than standing silent?...

sirhansalot

sprtygirl, if you want your little girls to dress like "pocahontas" what she represents is "Pocahontas was presented to English society as an example of the civilized "savage" not very cool if your a native is it? so go ahead and continue a stereo type.

sprtygirl

From my perspective, Pocahontas was a symbol of strength for ALL women in spite of adversity and trying times - her strength and character is something I can only hope my daughter will have so, to answer you - YES I would want my daughter to dress up like her and would be proud to have her do so because that's what she represents to me and if people don't see the positive in that then that's their choice...

sirhansalot

Sprtygirl it not about you and how you feel is it

sprtygirl

Hmmm...interesting that you are making an assumption about my nationality - might surprise you ... and I didn't realize that your opinion was shared by all native Americans - everyone is entitled to their feelings and last I knew just because people might be the same nationality doesn't mean they share the same opinions or point of view - I speak for me and you are more than entitled to speak for you but not for all native Americans...

sprtygirl

Hmmm...interesting that you are making an assumption about my nationality - might surprise you ... and I didn't realize that your opinion was shared by all native Americans - everyone is entitled to their feelings and last I knew just because people might be the same nationality doesn't mean they share the same opinions or point of view - I speak for me and you are more than entitled to speak for you but not for all native Americans...

MaHubah

Amen sprtygirl! Political correctness is the in thing to do with the libs. Thats why style is more important than substance which is why we have a politically correct chosen Prez. Look how the media picked apart Sen.Marco Rubio for taking a sip of water during his Republican response to Obamas State of the Union speech recently. Even the VP stated Obama was "articulate and clean" in promoting him before the 2008 campaign. Then Sen. Obama said Bush was unpatriotic for accumaulating debt in our childrens name in 8 years, when in 5 years Obama has more debt than all previous presidents COMBINED!

MaHubah

I wanted to add another comment but I swore a saw a drone above my residence. Trying to take our guns and giving the new Egypts anti Israel Prez tanks and fighter jets? Sorry gotta run for cover!

MaHubah

handalot must have lived in Academia. Those who cant do, teach.

Yaright

Really VladTheLimp, you seem to be setting the bar just fine. Enough with the dimwit plays. McDonalds has shamrock shakes right now, why don't you go grab one, that will make you really irish. Friggin moron

MaHubah

Those who cant do, teach. Those who teach, give part of their checks to the Teachers Union. Those who give part of their checks to the Teachers Union give part of their checks to the Democratic Party. Those who give to the current Democratic Party give part of their checks un/knowingly to keep a record amount of children in poverty and a record amount of people on food stamps. Hey, good job! you are setting some new records in the name of socialism.

InLoveWithMyHometown

Seriously people get a grip - you shouldn't be criticizing a high school girls basketball team for their efforts to support diversity and discourage racism in the public school system. They are trying their best and doing what they can to show their support for the problems happening in school, while all you are doing is sitting on the Grand Haven Tribune's website bickering and bitching at each other. Come on, our town is better than this.

MYOB

Getting back to the incident of racism and intimidation that started this whole string of personal thought. As a graduate of Grand Haven and a life long resident of the tri-cities, minus my 4 years in college. I will add that I graduated with a Bachelor of Science for anyone who chooses to attack that. Most high schools are a majority of one race, some more than others, granted more so along the lakeshore. Different people or groups are fortunate enough to have experiences outside of there community prior to graduation. Mostly, the lakeshore, be it Grand Haven, Muskegon, Spring Lake, etc..... don't have that opportunity until/if they go on to college. 20 years ago when I left for college I was not shocked or scared or surprised by the diversity that college brought. It is hard for me to believe that today's High School students aren't much farther adapted than I was 20 years ago. I grew up hearing stories from my parents of racism and intimidation from there youth. I know that it changed tremendously from that generation to mine. To listen that there is a "huge" problem in this community seems far fetched. I have been able to visit many different communities in this great country and I still have not found a better place to raise a family of any race.

Woodrow

You people are incredible! You live in a white community where negros are not welcome, never have been and never will be. Yet, you talk about a little name calling as if it were some "serious stuff". Me thinks thou dost protest too much. Yak,yak,yak, and nothing ever changes in GH. Hypocritical posturing. You want real integreration? Start bussing in kids from Muskegon Heights.

No? Don't want the violence that comes with it?

Face it. You live in GH because you don't want to be around negros. Someone said they moved to GH to be near the water. Why not Muskegon? There's as much or more water there, and it's less expensive. Oh, yeah, there's negros.

You ought to thank your lucky stars that you don't have to be around negros becaue those of us who have been around them know you get jumped by them every day of the week. If Pahalsky's is still in the Heights, hang around there for a while, and see how soon it is that you get your white asses kicked.

You people are so protected, you don't know anything about what the real world is like. Good luck when you have to leave GH to get a job.

MYOB

You should be a spokesperson for the Muskegon Chamber of Commerce. You can blame it on race, but I wouldn't choose to live in a community where people are shooting each other in the streets! Doesn't matter the make-up of the race. I wouldn't look for a job in an area where people are shooting each other in the streets. I wouldn't raise a family in an area where people are shooting each other in the streets. How many shootings in Muskegon Heights last year? I live near Grand Haven to be by the water and to limit the risk of being shot!!!!

bear3

No matter where you live or go to school there is a lot of stupidity these days. Some of you here have no idea what your talking about, Do you know any of the girls on the basketball team? Probably not. I have had the privalege of knowing everyone of them. Each one of them is an outstanding human. I think the shoelace thing is a neat way of showing their support in a public way. I do happen to know that they have reached out to those who were bullied in private. Dressing up like indians or anything else has nothing to do with this and doesn't mean disrespect.

Eyeswideopen

Stupidity and showing respect in PRIVATE? Really? I see nothing wrong with dressing up like an Indian or wearing colored shoelaces. Kind, absolutely!! To put them on a pedestal? Sorry but no.
Who would I put on a pedestal? The students/parents who show kindness and respect in their everyday lives-- if it's in the classroom, library, lunchroom, at home, at work, out in public, etc... not just in private. Now those are the real hero's!!!

jvanabbema

If the girls dressed up as Indians, was it done to be cruel or to make fun of Native Americans? I doubt it. My wife is Korean and until I started dating her I had no idea that the term "oriental" was considered insulting. I learned. I stopped using the term. These are young girls, at a LEARNING institution. This is an opportunity for them to learn on so many levels, and if wearing multi-colored shoelaces is an outward expression of support I can only see good coming from it. People are not static; I appreciate what they are doing as personal growth, lessons learned that they hopefully will carry with them throughout life.

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