Fire Referee Alan Maloney and Discipline Coach George Maxwell

Fire Referee Alan Maloney and Discipline Coach George Maxwell

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Concerned Citizens started this petition to Buena High School David Cappucio, Jr. and

I’m sure by now most of you have heard what happened to wrestler Andrew Johnson, who is black and wears his hair in dreadlocks, a common hairstyle in black culture. He is a wrestler for Buena High School in New Jersey. For the match, Mr. Johnson had his hair covered, as required by the governing body of athletics. This young man was humiliated and racially denigrated by referee Alan Maloney, a white referee with accusations of racism in his past. The referee stopped the match, and told this young man that he could either CUT HIS HAIR, or forfeit the match. Surely, you can see the indignity and inherent racism in such a demand. The boy’s hair was covered, and bore no impact on the match whatsoever. It was obvious the boy had wrestled in many matches, and had not encountered this before. The incident was caught on video, and the humiliation is obvious in the boy’s face and body language as they are cutting his hair. To make matters worse, the coach, George Maxwell, just let it happen. Why didn’t Coach Maxwell protect Andrew Johnson? Why didn’t he immediately walk Andrew and the rest of the team off the floor? No title is worth the indignity of what Andrew Johnson went through. This is an outrageous and blatantly racist act, a white referee making a young black man CUT HIS HAIR which probably took a year to grow in the middle of a sporting event, while the young man’s coach simply allowed it to happen. Andrew Johnson is a courageous and brave young man who paid a huge price to insure victory for his team. But he SHOULD NOT have had to. Something need’s to be done. Alan Maloney needs to be fired, and at the very least, George Maxwell needs to be reprimanded. I’m asking that you sign this petition to make that happen.

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