3 Serra HS Employees Suspended for Blackface Appearance

Paul Krueger and R. Stickney, NBC San Diego, November 1, 2013

After two football coaches were photographed in blackface, San Diego Unified District Superintendent Cindy Marten announced their suspension and called the incident “a teachable moment.”

Serra High School principal Mike Jimenez initially refused to comment when asked about the photo showing head varsity football coach and physical education teacher Brian Basteyns and assistant football coach Howard Seeley and a third man in blackface.

District officials called for an investigation, the teachers union defended the coaches’ actions and parents were divided on the issue.

On Friday, Superintendent Marten said the coaches were apologetic and did not mean to offend anyone with their costumes as the Jamaican bobsled team.

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Pressed for details, a district spokesman later clarified that  it was three employees, not two as Marten announced, who have been suspended for two days without pay as a result of the photograph.

Lei-Chala Wilson, President NAACP San Diego Branch, said the organization hopes people understand that blackface is not funny.

“In 2013 there is no reason for someone to have to be in blackface,” Wilson said.

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Marten could not say if the coaches would be with Serra HS at Friday’s game.

Basteyns and Seeley were also listed as coaches for the San Diego Force, a semi-pro baseball team in the Western Baseball Association on the organization’s website before it was disabled Tuesday.

 

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  • Spartacus

    “Lei-Chala Wilson, President NAACP San Diego Branch, said the organization hopes people understand that blackface is not funny.”

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    Yes, I agree. Masquerading as a beast wrought in semi-human figure is beneath a real human being.

    By the way, do any of these groids ever give normal names to their children? Or is it just a contest to see which one comes up with a dumber one ?

    • negrolocaust

      towson student stabbed sunday by three blks for phone please forward

  • Alexandra1973

    Thick skulls, thin skin…nuff said.

  • dd121

    Lefties have no sense of humor. To them their ideology is a sacred religion that can’t be ridiculed.

    • ms_anthro

      All the more reason to openly mock it. They fold like a cheap tent when you refuse to take them seriously.

    • black is a religion to them even though they all claim to be Christian.

  • Pelagian

    What signal does this send other than that ‘Blacks skin color, alone, is risable”?? is that really the message blacks want to endorse?

  • OhWow

    So the color black is evil and to be avoided at all costs? Who are the real racists here? The ones who notice race and flip out over color, or the ones who just want to celebrate Halloween?

    • Defiant White

      Seeing as how the Michael Looter King fambly rushed in to copyright every word that negro ever uttered . . . I wouldn’t be surprised if this isn’t some form of shake down.

      Like Indians rent their land for casinos and what-not, blacks will soon be in the Black Face Rental Business.

      “We own the black face, therefore, pay us and you can use it.”

      Personally, I think the Chinese-face is much funnier and they don’t complain.

    • Thor Bonham

      Liberals a racist .. They’re obsessed with race , it’s all they ever think about ..
      Think about it ..

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Lei-Chala Wilson, President NAACP San Diego Branch, said the organization hopes people understand that blackface is not funny.

    No, he/she/it just has no sense of humor.

  • D.B. Cooper

    But, but…
    No one said anything about this!

    • dukem1

      100 up votes

  • Defiant White

    Lei-Chala Wilson, President NAACP San Diego Branch, said the organization hopes people understand that blackface is not funny. “In 2013 there is no reason for someone to have to be in blackface,” Wilson said.

    Hey, Lei-Chala (lei-chala, WTF???) I’ll go even further.

    In 2013, there’s no reason why we whites should have to LOOK at a black face. Please take that as an invitation to go back to the Mudderland.

    • Alexandra1973

      Guess momma was trying to be diverse…sounds like a Hawaiian/Asian Indian blend.

  • bigone4u

    I hate the phrase, “teachable moment.” All it means is you offended political correctness, which is a good thing if you believe in free speech and free expression. These guys were within their First Amendmend rights. Not that it matters to the PC police.

    • Teachable moment: Four yoofs in hoodies concealing most of their face coming down the street towards you, cross the street son/daughter, get some place safe.

  • ncpride

    District officials called for an investigation……

    An investigation? Hilarious! Will Eric Holder intervene and search high and low for any ‘racist’ behavior from these guys so he can throw a hate crime charge at them? Oh, wait…. That’s probably not so funny after all considering how anti-white ‘my people’ Holder is.

  • MBlanc46

    Blackface is funny.

  • Jkjljmt_Pqprpstt

    “In 2013 there is no reason for someone to have to be in blackface,” Wilson said.

    Yes it is. Its 2013, ALL & ONLY White countries are bombarded with millions of non-White immigrants and told to “assimilate” by “anti-racists” (anti-Whites) — which is genocide of White people, my people.

    But you anti-Whites seem to still be living in the 1800’s. That’s why you’re pushing genocide of my people; you get some kind of “good doggy!” feeling out of it from the people that socially engineered you.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  • JDInSanD

    One of my relatives dressed up as Aunt Jemima for Halloween and she wasn’t forced to apologize or resign. I guess I should add that this was about 40 years ago.

  • negrolocaust

    towson student stabbed by three blks for phone please forward