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Ohio high school cheerleaders taunt opposing ‘Indians’ with ‘Trail of Tears’ banner

A high school cheerleading team in southern Ohio went viral Friday night for a controversial taunt directed at the opposing team nicknamed the Indians. The cheerleaders, representing Greenfield’s McClain High School, held up a banner after traveling to the game against the Hillsboro Indians that read, “Hey Indians, Get ready for a Trail of Tears Part 2.”

The Trail of Tears, of course, is the name the Cherokee gave the U.S. government’s forced relocation march in the 1800s, which led to the deaths of thousands of Native Americans. The banner drew instant backlash on social media.

According to Columbus’s NBC affiliate, McClain High School posted an apology on Facebook after the game, which Hillsboro won, 43-40, but later deleted it for unknown reasons. ...

Read entire article at The Washington Post