Ebola, Stereotypes, Racial Profiling and Denied Innocence

Published October 20, 2014 by djlwsu
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Ibrahim ToumkaraWPVI

One Pennsylvania teen, who is originally from Guinea, recently had to endure his high school rival’s soccer team chanting “Ebola” at him during a match, WPVI reports.

According to the station, Ibrahim Toumkara, a Nazareth Area High School student and soccer player, got into a fight last week after he heard players from rival Northampton High School taunting him about the deadly virus, which has killed more than 4,000 people across West Africa, including in his home country.

“Being from western Africa and having family in that area, he didn’t take too kindly to those remarks and went after one of the players on the Northampton team,” the boy’s coach, Edward Bachert, explained. Bachert is also Ibrahim’s legal guardian, as well as a police chief for Lehigh County.

The 16-year-old moved away from Guinea three years ago, the station notes.

“There were tears coming down his eyes. He was visibly shaken by this, that it got to that level on the field,” Bachert added.

After the tasteless incident, both Northampton’s head soccer coach and its assistant coach resigned. Some of the student athletes are also expected to face disciplinary action, according to the station.

“This is part of the educational process to make sure that students are understanding sportsmanship and what’s happening out there in the world,” Northampton Area Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik said.

“I want them to know we are all the same; nothing can make us be different,” Ibrahim said.

Read more at WPVI.

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One comment on “Ebola, Stereotypes, Racial Profiling and Denied Innocence

  • Instead of associating stereotypes with discipline I feel as though when talking about race an stereotypes schools should focus on educating ignorant behaviors. This Ebola outbreak it also something to be examined. CNN and news sources seem to be competing by releasing shocking headlines left and right. There is a quote on the web , it says ” Government says not to worry about Ebola..Mass panic occurs , Government says to worry about global warming..nobody panics”. The media can shift people’s perceptions quite powerfully.

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