This banner was displayed over the weekend at a McAdory High School football game.

High School Slammed for Its Mocking and Shocking ‘Trail of Tears’ Banner

Vincent Schilling
11/18/13

This past weekend students at a McAdory High School football game in McAlla, Alabama displayed a 20-foot sign emblazoned with: “Hey Indians, Get Ready to Leave in a Trail of Tears, Round 2.” A photograph of the sign has sparked outrage and has gone viral in Indian country social media streams. The school principal issued an apology this morning.

The photo was first published on Tumblr by a user under the name of fiftyfourfortyorfight, and was followed by several other Twitter and other social media accounts.

Though fiftyfourfortyorfight has since deleted the post, the statement on their tumblr wall said:

“Last night, this sign went up at a McAdory High School football game. I am absolutely disgusted that this sign was allowed to go up, and that it was not stopped by school administrators, and that after this, no one has mentioned it.

The school and the students have shown no remorse for the sign (as expected) and the students have claimed ignorance and/or that it was just a “joke”. Sorry, but the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the death of thousands of Native Americans is not a joke.

As of 5 pm Sunday, no response from the school has been issued, and the local news to which I have reported this incident have not looked into it either. Further information will be added as it comes to me.”

Social media has been ablaze with comments as well. “McAdory High School: Take responsibility for your racist banner at your football game” by @BridgetJonina. “I find this to be downright insulting! I had family that died on the Trail Of Tears. Bastards!!!” said Brian Moses on Google+. “This is unfeeling and thoughtless and goes beyond name calling,” said +Shrinking Violet on Google+.

According to Channel Fox 6 WBRC in Alabama, Jefferson County Superintendent Dr. Stephen Nowlin said in a statement that “the cheerleading squad will be disciplined.” Nowlin also said McAdory High School Principal Tod Humphries has asked the school’s social studies teachers to teach a special unit on the Trail of Tears.

This morning, Humphries issued an apology on the school’s website:

To Whom It May Concern:

On 11/15/2013 at a football game at McAdory High School, a sign was displayed that made reference to the “Trail of Tears” in which Native Americans were subjected to horrific atrocities. This was not condoned by the school administration, the Jefferson County Board of Education or the community. The person who would normally be responsible for approving such signs is out on maternity leave, and I take full responsibility that arrangements were not made to have the signs pre-approved before the ballgame. Please accept our sincere apologies to the Native American people and to anyone who was offended by the reference to an event that is a stain on our nation’s past forever.

In response to the “bust thru” sign used by McAdory High School during the Round 2 State Play-Off game versus Pinson Valley High School, all social studies and history teachers will re-teach and/or review units concerning Native American displacement following the Indian Removal Act of 1830.

Several attempts were made to contact school officials, but were unsuccessful.

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Submitted by Charles on
Cherokee Prayer Blessing May the Warm Winds of Heaven Blow softly upon your house. May the Great Spirit Bless all who enter there. May your Mocassins Make happy tracks in many snows, and may the Rainbow Always touch your shoulder.

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Submitted by chahta ohoyo on
to 'anonymous' at the bottom of the page...i wish you and everyone else who does it, would STOP all the time connecting our native struggles to those of black people in this country...what we have gone thru has absolutely NOTHING to do with what they have gone through...they are NOT the original inhabitants of our country, and as a matter of fact, there were some native american 'slave' owners...read and know your own history... as to this 'sign'...what do you expect from stupid people...stupid behavior...just goes to show that we literally go one step ahead and two steps back every damn time the subject of inter relations between the original inhabitants of this country and the 'interlopers' come together...unfortunately, racism seems to be a non-killable virus that perpetuates down through time....

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Submitted by Ebony Three Arrows on
mis-education, white priviledge,

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Submitted by Ebony Three Arrows on
mis-education, white priviledge,

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Submitted by El Nica (The ... on
curious that no one has commented that all Wars fought by the United States of Central North America are for the gain of the wealthy . The Dept. fo "Education" should be called the Dept. of Propaganda since it does not permit teachers to make negative comments about the Gov. and teaches whatever it is told by that Gov.

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In 1830, president Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act.The Native American race is basically wiped out because of this.Yes, the trail of tears was a horible event that took place but its in the past, let things go people and stop being sensitive to things like this.You didnt know the Native Americans that endured the Trail of Tears so you should not have any emotion connected to the event that took place during that time period.The cheerleaders came up with a banner that was quit clever if you think about it. One more thing, its not like the students that attend Pinson Valley High School are Native American.So how is it racially offensive?

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Submitted by j wachacha on
am I wrong, or did I really read that this school has used the Trail of Tears during another ball game? If so, maybe they should sponsor a Cherokee leader come to their school to speak to them about the Trail of Tears. punishing ignorance is not a good thing, but, replacing the ignorance with facts might be better .

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Submitted by Danielle123 on
I am appalled that a public school could allow such a disgusting display of ignorance. This disgrace is equivalent to calling a sports team the Jews and referencing the holocost. If that we're to have happened it would have been on every news channel in America. What many Americans do not realize is the trail of tears and the genocide of over 19 million native Americans actually did happen and not all that long ago. Suppression and starvation continues to happen every day in native communities. We as native people need to band together and educate the American public of the tyranny and tragedy that continues to exist for our people. We must continue to fight for native rights and go main stream with our thoughts and knowledge. The civil rights movement in the 1960's did not grow momentum until the general population was on board. We must continue to educate individuals on what continues to happen. Most of all we need to help each other as one and not as seperate nations in order to equality.

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This is a hate crime and it should be prosecuted as such. Would we allow a football team called "The Jews"? Would we tolerate a banner that says "Hey Jews, get ready for another holocaust"? Unfortunately the Anti-Defamation League has more teeth than any of the present-day 7 civilized tribes combined.

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Submitted by mary manley on
these people are ignorant with no concern for others the trail of tears was our holocaust n to make fun of the death of thousands of native americans is just horrific let me see them walk that trail i garrentee they wont b raisin another sign like that no respect for the dead or the natives that sacrificed their lives so that we may carry on the traditions of our forefathers we have had so much taken from us cant we just keep our dignity by not being made fun of though we are resilient n bounce back we are still human like everyone else n we have feelings to

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Submitted by mary manley on
these people are ignorant with no concern for others the trail of tears was our holocaust n to make fun of the death of thousands of native americans is just horrific let me see them walk that trail i garrentee they wont b raisin another sign like that no respect for the dead or the natives that sacrificed their lives so that we may carry on the traditions of our forefathers we have had so much taken from us cant we just keep our dignity by not being made fun of though we are resilient n bounce back we are still human like everyone else n we have feelings to

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Submitted by mary manley on
y does my comment need to get approval im native american n just like everyone else i can say what i want

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