Lady Bucs did the right thing

The easiest way to deal with most problems is to simply ignore them. That wasn’t an option for Grand Haven senior Grace Kendra.
Mar 19, 2013

Kendra, a key contributor on the Buccaneers’ varsity girls basketball team, saw a problem at her school in the form of racial intimidation. Instead of ignoring it, she took action.

Kendra attended a meeting to discuss the problem, listened to what was said, and came away feeling that this isn’t an issue that needs to be addressed only by adults. It’s an issue that the students at Grand Haven High School need to embrace, so Kendra and her teammates did just that.

In the Bucs’ Class A regional championship game against Grandville, all the girls on the team replaced the white or black laces on their high tops with multi-colored tie-dye laces as a show of support for ethnic diversity.

Some have been quick to criticize the basketball team’s gesture as shallow and insignificant. We disagree.

This is a group of young women who are some of the brightest and most successful in the school, both on the court and in the classroom. It can be assumed that, as such, they’re some of the more popular young ladies to be walking the hallways of the school.

And in high school, kids are quick to follow the lead of others. If they see some of the most influential students in the school taking a stand against bullying, then chances are, they’re going to follow suit.

We commend the Buccaneers’ basketball players for taking a stand. They could have very easily done nothing and swept this problem under the rug. It happens all too often.

Instead, they put themselves out there, on the biggest stage, and stood up for what they felt was right.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.

Comments

sirhansalot

To little to late my friends "This group of young women who are some of the brightest and most successful in the school, both on the court and in the classroom. It can be assumed that, as such, they’re some of the more popular young ladies to be walking the hallways of the school" Remember on Thursday they dressed like native Americans and then on Monday go buy a new pair of shoe laces and act like they care? People in glass houses should not throw stones. What message were the girls giving before they "saw the light and decided that they care about other people. Now that there season is over what are they going to do next? It was nothing more then a {hey everybody look at me} your season is over girls

MYOB

Would you get over people dressing like Native Americans. It is quite obvious that there was no discriminatory thought that went into the girls dressing like Native Americans. If you really think there was than continue to bring it up by all means. But if you just want to use it to continue to try and cause argument, give it a rest. "To little to late", so you would rather nobody do anything to correct a problem. Your basic stance is that if someone does something wrong, don't try and change, to late. Do nothing, continue to do the wrong thing. Your a real problem solver Sirhansalot.

sirhansalot

MYOB you make my point.. "It is quite obvious that there was no discriminatory thought that went into the girls dressing like Native Americans" This is the issue with residents of the tri-cities, just because you do not understand why a person would take offense to their culture being mocked or you cannot seem to "feel" or see what the big deal is does not make it right. The school district sent out information before Halloween about dressing up as native Americans ect... the girls should have known better and the school should have stepped in and reminded them that they are representing Grand Haven and there a lot of people who take offense to such actions.

MYOB

The simple fact that you are saying "to little to late" is enough to show that you really don't care about fixing the problem. Even though you want to blame the school for not putting their foot down. If they put their foot down you would say they didn't do enough. "To little to late" is not the attitude anyone should have when they want something changed. If you are really so concerned about people offending Native Americans "to little to late" would not be your thought process. Something is better than nothing. Even if you feel they don't really believe in the gesture, their actions may influence someone else to change.

stopblockingmya...

I am quite frankly appalled at how many different articles have been written pertaining to one incident. Talk about BEATING A DEAD HORSE.

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