Racist High School Ref Forces Black Wrestler to Cut Dreadlocks
New Jersey sports associations have dismissed this racist's behavior before.
UPDATE: Dec. 23, 2018 at 8:44 EST:
Alan Maloney, a white referee, forced Andrew Johnson, a Black high school wrestler, to cut off his dreadlocks or he would disqualify him from the match.
The match was held at Buena Regional HS, in Buena, N.J., about 30 miles northeast of Atlantic City.
The video is hard to watch and Johnson is visibly upset.
Epitome of a team player ⬇️
A referee wouldn't allow Andrew Johnson of Buena @brhschiefs to wrestle with a cover over his dreadlocks. It was either an impromptu haircut, or a forfeit. Johnson chose the haircut, then won by sudden victory in OT to help spark Buena to a win. pic.twitter.com/f6JidKNKoI
— Mike Frankel (@MikeFrankelSNJ) December 20, 2018
Shaun King posted on social media: "Disgusting and heartbreaking. A referee known for his racism, Alan Maloney (google him), made high school wrestler Andrew Johnson cut off his dreads or lose the match. They were covered and gave him no advantage. So he cut them off. He won the match. But this never should've been allowed."
He continued, "This same ref, Alan Maloney, called a grown a** Black man, a ref, a 'n-word' last year and got his a** whooped over it. Shame on New Jersey for allowing him to stay in this profession. Parents all over the state emailed me this morning about his bigotry."
Maloney, who gave a standard apology, has a history of racist behavior — calling a fellow Black referee a racial slur in 2016.
Both he and the Black referee, Preston Hamilton, were suspended, and eventually both reinstated by the New Jersey Wrestling Officials Association. The ruling shocked the community that rallied around Hamilton and who testified at ethics hearings against Maloney.
Many who opposed Maloney's call said that students are allowed to compete with wraps over their heads when they have long hair. In addition, N.J. is the first state to offer girls varsity wrestling, and many have long hair.
Maloney has had over a three-decade history working around children in sports, refereeing over 30 state tournaments.
For this demeaning act toward a child, he was only ordered to a sensitivity training by the N.J. Interscholastic Athletic Association.
He should be fired and have charges brought against him for endangering (and traumatizing) a child. And the woman who cut his hair as well — she should've refused.
Reader Question: If you were this child's parents what would you do?
David Steven Bell's attorney said he wasn't motivated by anything other than defending himself, but nothing spells racist like referring to a group of Black girls as "a pack of youth who trapped and surrounded" his client.
David Steven Bell, 51, is home with his family after punching an 11-year-old Black child in the face this past weekend in an Asheville mall. He was arrested, charged with three counts of assault and released in about a 24-hour period. His court date is Feb. 5.
Nobel Prize recipient, James Watson, still maintained debunked notions of Blacks and inferiority.
A Uber ride turned into racist ranting.
Andrew Johnson was forced to cut his dreadlocks and he's still under scrutiny by wrestling officials, said his attorney, Dominic Speziali.
Andrew Johnson, a wrestler attending Buena Regional High School in New Jersey, was forced by referee Alan Maloney to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit a match, which sparked outrage around the country last month. This week, another referee wanted Johnson to cover his now shorter hair for a match.
King's remarks are "abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse," tweeted Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney.
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) wants to know why white nationalists and white supremacists are getting a bad rep.
"White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?" King asked in an interview with The New York Times published on Thursday. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"
The far-right lawmaker is at the forefront of supporting the Trump administration's anti-immigration policies and the push to end birthright citizenship. As a matter of fact, King credits himself with getting Trump onboard.
"Donald Trump came to Iowa as a real non-ideological candidate," King said, in the Times interview. He said he told Trump, "I market-tested your immigration policy for 14 years, and that ought to be worth something."
King has previously, on the House floor, shown a model of a 12-foot border wall he had designed.
Thursday afternoon he released a statement on Twitter "clarify" his comments on white supremacy and white nationalism.
"I want to make one thing abundantly clear; I reject those labels and the evil ideology" represented by those terms. "I am simply a Nationalist," he wrote.
"I condemn anyone that supports this evil and bigoted ideology which saw in its ultimate expression the systematic murder of 6 million innocent Jewish lives." Like the Founding Fathers, he wrote, "I am an advocate for Western Civilization's values."
But let's look at King's track record.
In the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, consumers and employees pushed back against companies donating to King's campaign in November. He is known for his association with white nationalists, even retweeting a Nazi sympathizer.
(But residents of Iowa still re-elected him for another term.)
King endorsed, Faith Goldy, an openly white supremacist candidate for mayor of Toronto. He often praises far-right politicians and groups in other countries.
In September, during a European trip financed by From the Depths — a Holocaust memorial group — King actually met with members of a far-right Austrian party with historical ties to Nazis for an interview on their anti-Semitic propaganda website. The meeting was just a day after ending a five-day trip to Jewish and Holocaust historical sites in Poland, including the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.
"In an interview with a website associated with the party, King declared that 'Western civilization is on the decline,' spoke of the replacement of white Europeans by immigrants and criticized Hungarian American financier George Soros, who has backed liberal groups around the world," according to The Washington Post.
In December 2017, King shared a story on Twitter written by the Voice of Europe and quoted Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who said, "Mixing cultures will not lead to a higher quality of life but a lower one."
King added to the tweet: "Diversity is not our strength."
Members of Congress are condemning his recent comments.
"Everything about white supremacy and white nationalism goes against who we are as a nation," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, (R-Calif.), said, in a statement. "Steve's language is reckless, wrong, and has no place in our society. The Declaration of Independence states that 'all men are created equal.' That is a fact. It is self-evident."
Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney tweeted that King's remarks are "abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse."
"Dear Steve King (@SteveKingIA): FYI this is one reason you get bad search results when people type your name in Google," Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), tweeted.
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