Caesar Rodney School District Superintendent Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald sent out an email and robo-call to parents and staff last evening about a racial epithet in connection with the Caesar Rodney mascot. It appears, based on Facebook comments on their Facebook page, that someone photo-shopped the racial slur on a sign the mascot was holding in a picture.
Many parents thanked the district for taking such swift action on the issue. The message sent out by Fitzgerald said the following:
STATEMENT FROM DR. FITZGERALD
The Caesar Rodney School District has been made aware of a picture that is being distributed through social media in which the Rider Mascot is holding a piece of paper with a racial slur.
The Caesar Rodney School District is distressed that our mascot would be used in such a manner and we strongly disavow the statement.
The Caesar Rodney School District and Caesar Rodney High School consider racial slurs reprehensible and are deeply disturbed by the content of this message.
We have zero tolerance for this behavior.
This matter is being investigated by the high school administration with the assistance of the Delaware State Police.
While I am a Dover High Senators fan, I do not condone this at all. As I wrote on CR’s Facebook page, if this was a joke it isn’t funny. If it was meant to be a hate symbol, may God have mercy on your soul. Bottom line, people need to wake up. It’s the 21st Century now. We aren’t supposed to be this backwards. But apparently some have not woken up from our country’s own dark history and think it is okay to call African-Americans by disparaging names. Frankly, I’ve had enough of hate and the talk that accompanies it. We saw the worst in hate last Sunday with the Las Vegas shootings. This is the kind of news I hate to write about.
One commenter suggested getting rid of the Rider Mascot for a while until feelings calm down. That is the absolute worst thing to do in my opinion. That lets whoever did this win. It’s like the old saying, “you don’t negotiate with terrorists”. You certainly don’t give in to hate!