Hooked black baseball player on the field, “You should have been George Floyd”


CHARLES CITY, Iowa (KTTC) – Jeremiah Chapman is an athlete from four sports; play baseball, football, basketball and the track at Charles City High School. The multisport black and soon to be senior athlete is well aware of the inevitable trash conversation that comes into the world of sport, but he was not prepared for the words that were thrown at him during a double-headed game last week against Waverly-Shell Rock High School.

“I’ve never heard comments like this, said throughout my life while playing sports,” said Jeremiah. “There was a comment last year during baseball, but it was far from what was said this time. ”

It was after the fourth or fifth inning that things started to change for the 17-year-old.

“They started calling me Colin,” said Jeremiah Chapman. “… It made me assume they were talking about Colin Kapernick. “

“They started calling me Colin,” said Jeremiah. “… It made me assume they were talking about Colin Kapernick. ”

Then it intensified a little, the taunts from the opposite stands telling Jeremiah to “return to the fields”.

“I caught another foul, and then the comment came out that I should have been George Floyd,” said Jeremiah. “And that’s what really struck me, especially the weather. When I remembered my head, I was like why? ”

Jeremiah says that the words are deeply cut. Although he doesn’t know where the taunt comes from, he thinks it was Waverly players.

« [After the game] I got into the van and put my stuff on my face and I was crying, “said Jeremiah. I texted my mom and said I didn’t want to play baseball anymore. I don’t want to play sports anymore. ”

“My son loves sports so much,” said Jeremiah’s mother Keisha Cunnings. “Hearing him say that hurts. ”

“Children pick up things from other people around them,” said Cunnings. “It’s clearly something they’ve heard or said before and they thought it was okay or appropriate to say it at the time, and that’s what frustrates me. ”

The Charles City School District and the Waverly-Shell Rock District have both acknowledged the incident.

Charles City School District on Wednesday sent a statement of support to families and staff, saying the incident was unacceptable and saying, “Our students need to know that we have our backs no matter what the circumstances and that we fight side by side.” side by side with them to end the oppression. and create the world we know is possible. Our state and our nation must know that our thoughts, words and actions count. We have to do better. We have to be better. ”

“Our superintendent and the senior management of our schools took this very seriously; they were as if we were going,” said Cunnings. “All of these things made me feel like, okay, this is exactly where we need to be. If I didn’t know at the time, I know now, the people in our community really care and it means the world to us. ”

As for the students who allegedly taunted, the Waverly-Shell Rock school district posted on Facebook on Thursday morning. He says, in part, quotes: “This behavior is unacceptable. We do not apologize because there is none … We cannot undo what has been done. But we use this as a learning experience for the responsible party and, hopefully, for many others in our schools and communities. “

While Cunnings thinks the apology was justified, that’s not enough.

“I don’t want to hear any excuses,” said Cunnings. “An apology without action, it doesn’t matter to me. So, you’re just posting a public statement saying you’re sorry. And now? ”

Cunnings shared his heart on Twitter Wednesday, with a tweet that reads: “Here is my boy! He’s nice, sweet and talented .. if you can’t see past his skin color, then he sucks for you! And just for information… .he never worked in a field… his name is Jérémie and not Colin… he doesn’t care who you support politically… and he doesn’t remind you of George Floyd! “

Flooded support.

“The overwhelming support we get, it just reassures that there are more good people in the world than bad people.” Said Cunnings.

Cunnings adds, “I didn’t expect it to explode at all.” »

At the last check, the tweet has more than 3,400 likes.

“I was furious because the bear mom in me was like no, oh no, not my child,” said Cunnings. “And then the other part of me was like, ok, how are we going to move forward?” What are you going to learn from this? How are you going to get over that? Will it make you stronger? Will it knock you down? What are you going to do? ”

As for what Jérémie will do? This will not prevent him from enjoying his last year.

“I will continue to play baseball. I like this. Everyone supports me, I have everyone; family, friends, teammates, coaches, “said Jeremiah. “I will continue to be me. I’m not going to let it put me down and keep me from doing things I love. “


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