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CALIFORNIA 8TH GRADER SUSPENDED FOR WEARING ‘BLACKFACE,’ BUT IT WAS JUST EYE BLACK


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A California middle-schooler was suspended and banned from sporting events for allegedly wearing blackface to a local football game.

Only one problem: It wasn’t blackface.

The eighth-grader — known only as J.A. for privacy reasons — attended a high school football game between La Jolla High School and Morse High School on Oct. 13. Just like many pro athletes he sees on TV, J.A. wore eye black streaked down his cheeks and chin.

 

Anyone who spends any amount of time watching sports will see players wearing black paint under their eyes. Some just use a thin line to mitigate glare from the sun or stadium lights. Others slather it on like war paint.

But apparently there aren’t a lot of sports fans at Muirland Middle School. Because one week later, J.A.’s principal called a meeting with his parents. There, school officials informed them that the student would face a two-day suspension and may not attend any future athletic events.

A disciplinary notice said J.A. “painted his face black at a football game” and characterized the incident as an “offensive comment, intent to harm.”:snip:NYPICHPDPICT000072269559-1.thumb.webp.50f2a79050a32359890b1b034efb0576.webp

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