Racist LeBron James Poster Displayed At School Art Show, Officials Investigating

Racist LeBron James Poster Displayed At School Art Show, Officials Investigating
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A racist poster­board fea­tur­ing images of NBA super­star LeBron James and mon­keys was some­how put on dis­play at a school art exhi­bi­tion over the week­end, spark­ing a major controversy.

The offen­sive project, described as a par­o­dy of a cere­al adver­tise­ment called “Mon­key Pre­mi­um,” was cre­at­ed by a stu­dent at the New Hart­ford Cen­tral School Dis­trict in New York. It was then show­cased at the New Hart­ford Fes­ti­val of the Arts event on Saturday.

The poster had a head­line that read “Eat Mon­keys, Jump Like Mon­keys!” and fea­tured a pic­ture of James mid-flight in his Lak­ers uni­form next to a bowl of cere­al shaped like mon­keys and bananas. The text promised that con­sum­ing the “food” would allow the con­sumer to “jump 2–5 inch­es high­er for about 2 hours.”

The racist imagery and stereo­types were imme­di­ate­ly met with out­rage from the com­mu­ni­ty. In response, the school dis­tric­t’s Super­in­ten­dent, Cosi­mo Tan­gor­ra Jr., issued a state­ment con­demn­ing the dis­play and con­firm­ing that an inves­ti­ga­tion is underway.

“It is dis­heart­en­ing that racist work was not only cre­at­ed, but then over­looked and allowed to be dis­played,” Tan­gor­ra Jr. said. He acknowl­edged that the inci­dent has made some stu­dents, fam­i­lies, staff, and com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers feel unsafe, unac­cept­ed, and unwelcome.

The super­in­ten­dent stat­ed that the stu­dent respon­si­ble for the poster has been iden­ti­fied and con­tact­ed, though details about poten­tial pun­ish­ment could not be released due to pri­va­cy reasons. 

Tan­gor­ra Jr. vowed that the dis­trict will con­tin­ue work­ing to ensure all stu­dents and their fam­i­lies feel val­ued, respect­ed, and included.

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