THESE ARE THE PPL WHO YOU SLAP THE PISS OUT OF #Repost @thedopestafrican
is taking a #Missouri
school district to court after she says she was barred from performing with her school’s #danceteam
because her skin was “too dark.” Camille Sturdivant‘s lawsuit accuses the #BlueValleySchoolDistrict
and claims school leaders excluded her from dance team events after she complained about how she was being treated, according to The #KansasCity
Star. The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount in damages.
(right) uncovered damning text messages between her coach and team #choreographer
, who made disparaging remarks about her skin. (Image courtesy of Facebook)
Sturdivant, who graduated from Blue Valley Northwest High School in May 2018, was just one of two Black students on the 14-member #Dazzlersdance
According to the lawsuit, team choreographer #KevinMurakami
made the comment about Sturdivant’s skin in 2017, saying it was too dark and would distract the audience from the other dancers on the floor. “Murakami also told Sturdivant that her skin color clashed with the color of the costumes,” the complaint alleges.
The suit also contends the dance team’s coach, #CarleyFine
, was fired for making #racist
remarks about Sturdivant’s skin tone. District officials said Fine had worked for Blue Valley Schools since 2016, when she was first brought on as assistant #drillteam
coach and later as head drill team coach.
The complaint mentions damning text messages between Murakami and Fine, who were discussing news that Sturdivant had earned a spot on the University of Missouri’s “Golden Girls” dance team for next year. The teen discovered them while using Fine’s cellphone to play music for the dance team. “THAT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. I’m so mad,” the choreographer wrote.
Fine responded, “It actually makes my stomach hurt … Bc she’s (expletive) black. I hate that.” “Sickened” by the texts, Sturdivant them showed them to her mother, who then showed them to the school’s principal. Fine was terminated the next day and banned from school property.
#supportblack #endracism #blackisbeautiful #blac