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Students of Dyersburg High School hold a 'Trail of Tears' banner sign. They used it to allegedly taunt their opponents, the Northside Indians.

Second 'Trail of Tears' Banner Displayed at Tennessee High School Football Game

ICTMN Staff
11/21/13

Another high school football team has used a “trail of tears” banner to allegedly taunt their visiting opponents.

The Dyersburg Trojans played the Northside Indians in the Tennessee High School Football Playoffs on Friday. The Trojans held up a banner that had blue dots in the shape of tears trickled on the word “tears”; and yellow dots, also in the shape of tears, on the word “trail.”

According to Mother Jones, a Facebook page, that is managed by the Dyersburg coaching staff, highlighted a half-dozen photos of their students holding up the sign for the visiting team, the Indians.

Their principal, Jon Frye, did not attend the playoff game and said that he was not aware of the photos on Facebook. He also said that he would ask the administrators of the page to take them down. The photos have been removed.

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Earlier this week, McAdory High School in McCalla, Alabama, used a paper sign to taunt their opponents, the Pinson Valley Indians. It said, “Hey, Indians, get ready to leave in a Trail of Tears.” Their principal, Tod Humphries, has apologized for the incident.

These incidents have come to the forefront as the “Redskins” name-change debate continues to be a hot button issue in the NFL. Activists, lawmakers and Native American groups have said that the name is offensive, but the team’s owner, Dan Snyder, has refused to change the name.

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Frye said that “there’s some truth” to the fact that students should have known better than to mock such a tragic event. “I guess you could make the logical connection. If they weren’t named Indians, then you couldn’t have this particular situation.”

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Submitted by Anonymous on
For some immature persons NEGATIVE attention is better than no attention at all... and it appears that the schools (students and staff) are showing us how little they think of themselves and how much "fame" is important to them. Very sad persons.

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Submitted by Pamela Ferguson on
I am stunned that these students think that this would be ok!

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Submitted by Bartimaeus Alan LMT on
Obviously your public education system still is not teaching your kids the truth historically or they would have understood what they were doing. Taunting/bullying same thing...this could be looked at from another view i.e., what if the students said something like, "we're gonna school you Virginia Tech style." Now THAT would have been called or could be called an act of terrorism but, when something like this Trail of Tears taunting would NEVER be looked at as a terrorist remark because "terrorism" is a modern term. American history does not and has never associated that term to what the US government has done to the indigenous peoples of the Americas. A sad affair.

Robertico Henderson
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Submitted by Robertico Henderson on
When are we going to stop expecting the culture at large to have any awareness, understanding or empathy towards Native American issues? We don't need neither their approval or validation to continue being who we are. Their DNA and therefore their behavior and ours are totally the opposite and will never match. Lets stop trying to be who they think we are and continue to be who we know we are. Its obvious to me that in the face of the controversy in Alabama, the kids in Tennessee decided they were going to draw attention to themselves by doing that. You know how they say " bad breath is better than no breath at all". they succeeded. they got the attention they wanted. The Alabama banner reflected ignorance. The Tennessee banner reflects indifference. Screw them. we don't need them. we know who we are. Robert, Mayan

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Submitted by Anonymous on
I THINK IF IT WAS SOME OTHER RACE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE SAME, IT'S LIKE SAYING HEY AMERICA IT'S TIME FOR ANOTHER 911. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT. YOU CAN'T TELL ME THAT DOESN'T BOTHER YOU, IF IT DOESN'T THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG.

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Submitted by Regina M on
I just had on my Tennessee shirt the other day, now I am gonna have to burn it! I cannot support ignorance! My Husband and family are Native American. This is just tragic!

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Submitted by Eric on
When will the natives stand up and say no more, and say go to hell you whites that think it's ok to hate other races of ppl

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Submitted by Randy Cadue on
They have no understanding of what the trail of tears was...Our of how many people died making this journey...Ignorance of the white class people...Children died,Elders died go back to school and read your so called history....

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Submitted by Anonymous on
Wonder how many of these Tennessee kids come from abuse and broken families of their own and they have the audacity to hide behind this banner. Many non Indian kids are from terrible conditions at homes without love or direction. Feel sorry for their ignorance!!!

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Submitted by Les Graff on
You've got to be kidding. Again? As a former high school teacher I can only assume, like most public schools across the country, the kids are not educated about the reality of the " Trail of Tears". If they did they wouldn't do this. Ignorance is not bliss---it's stupidity.

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Submitted by PAT walker cosme on
it takes your breath away don't they know how people died and suffered????? I really don't get it... it makes me feel hollow

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Submitted by william richardson on
These are some ignorant asa people. I feel as if we natives haven't escaped the prejudice of Americans. Africans and even women don't go through the bullshit we go through. We're judged on every little thing, we cant even piss without judgement. Americans judge us for how we hunt and fish. This was our land first and we gave back to it has we took and all the white man did was deplete every resource we had and killed over half of us.

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Submitted by Lorrie Starr, Ph.D. on
This type of ignorance is so very sad. It should be used by the school as a teaching tool as these students probably have no idea how hurtful their actions are; may both the schools in Alabama and Tennessee take appropriate actions.

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Submitted by Anonymous on
No, they knew what they were doing, they knew it was wrong, they knew it was offensive. they dont care because they are taught that they are better than everyone else and that natives are inferior people to them. i was taught in southern new jersey. we were taught what happened, we were taught the actual truth and there were times where parents had to sign slips because they would show is pictures of what happened to people. our schools made sure that we werent ignorant to truth. the kids now, especially in the midwest and the south are incredibly ignorant, and truly believe they are entitled to say and do what they want. if anyone where i grew up would have done this, even if it was only 5 kids acting alone, the fact that the rest of us would have seen it would have gotten us all a minimum of 5 hours community service. if we did anything that was negative we were assigned beach and neighbourhood clean ups in addition to meetings in the auditorium about what we did and why it was wrong. i dare the princpals to do that. teach these arrogant little brats what the meaning of work and respect is.

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Submitted by Anonymous on
This is sad. These children have no idea what the Native Americans went through. They are taunting/bullying same thing. Keep reminding people of what happened as it is the same reason the Jews remind people about what happened to them. It is so we never forget and it never happens again. So I hope the Native Americans keep speaking about what was done to them so we never forget and it stops happening.

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Submitted by Anonymous on
AMERICAN HISORY MUST NOT BR TAUGHT IN AMERICAN SCHOOL. AND WHAT VAULT ARE IN AMERICAN HOMES?

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Submitted by Anonymous on
AMERICAN HISORY MUST NOT BR TAUGHT IN AMERICAN SCHOOL. AND WHAT VAULT ARE IN AMERICAN HOMES?

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Submitted by Anonymous on
When you say negro,you think slaves.when you say Jew,you think holocaust. When you say American Indian,you think redskin.so sad!

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Submitted by Lynn Jenkinson on
Maybe those "unconcerned" students should take a nice long walk without food, water or shelter in the worst weather imaginable. Perhaps then they would understand the horror behind the real Trail of Tears. Shame on them, shame on the school and shame on the parents.

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Submitted by ROBERT AUNKO on
WHY--WHY CANNOT PEOPLE TURN THIER BACKS TO IGNORRANCE AS WE HAD TO AS CHILDREN ----- DO NOT ADULTS -- WHATS THE DEAL? DOES EVERYBODY WANNA FIGHT? IGNORACE NEVER CHANGES...BUT MIGHTYNESS PREVAILS

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Submitted by Teresa Palomino on
this is what is wrong with the new generation they have no clue what the trail of tears really means to the Native Nation they need to be educated and no false lies either the way I was taught history it was all lies

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Submitted by Michele Rossi on
Really- a second time? And NO adult stepped in to take it down immediately? What in the WORLD is wrong with people??? And these are educators?? And I disagree that native Americans the rest of us have nothing in common-- Where do you think YOU originally came from? You got here first-- but that does NOT mean we don't have common DNA and ancestors. Are you ashamed that some of us agree with you and are just as offended by this kind of thing?

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Submitted by LittleWolf on
Its really a shame when people use and make fun of the past like this.Many people died during that time.Doesn't anyone care anymore? This should have never been posted like this.This is not funny.For my people this is a slap in the face.The school should have never let this be worded like this.The school should be teaching the history and the meaning.The principle should have stepped in and said something.Now because of this many of my people are mad and disturbed about this.

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Submitted by MICHELE TRAN on
MAYBE THE STUDENTS SHOULD BE TAUGHT NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY SO THEY UNDERSTAND,WHAT REALLY HAPPENED AND REAL PAIN AND SUFFERING.

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