Tuesday, October 30, 2018
A predominantly black youth football team in Maryland was thrown out of its league and banned from the playoffs without being given a reason, reports Fox Baltimore. The Reisterstown Mustangs went undefeated in the Carroll County Youth Football and Cheer league, but after the season concluded, and before the playoffs, they were sent a letter saying they had been thrown out of the league and would not be allowed in the playoffs.
"I believe it is the racial makeup of our program, because we don't look like other programs in the league and we are treated differently," said team president Marquita Melvin. "When you don't give us a reason, the only thing it has to do with the makeup of our organization, because our organization is predominantly black, from top to bottom."
Reisterstown Mustangs team president Melvin said the children had to endure being called racial slurs during their undefeated romp.
The league cited vague "behavioral concerns" and said the children would "risk the safety" of the majority white teams because "emotions tend to run high during playoffs."
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