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Black Doll Hung From Noose At Raleigh School With Trump-Inspired Protest Of Black Principal

Black Doll Hung

Raleigh, NC – Vandals hung a black doll from a noose at a North Carolina high school and called for a white principal’s return in a banner evoking Donald Trump’s campaign slogan. School principal Malik Bazzell called the incident a “deeply offensive” act.

Black Doll hung
Malik Bazzell

A black Santa Claus doll was hung by the neck from a rope draped from the rooftop of Wakefield High School in Raleigh, along with a white sheet spray-painted with the words, “Make Wakefield Tripp again #smartlunch,” reported The News & Observer.

The sign apparently referred to former principal Tripp Crayton, who is white and was replaced in 2015 by principal Malik Bazzell, who is black. Crayton left to become principal of Jordan-Matthews High School in Chatham County.

Bazzell has been more strict about enforcing school rules than Crayton, said Taylor Rosbrook, 17, a senior at Wakefield. Bazzell angered students by suspending SMART Lunch — a 55-minute period in the afternoon that allowed students to make up work, socialize or leave campus to eat under certain conditions — due to alleged misbehavior.

Students were using words such as “racist” and “hate crime” to describe Tuesday’s incident.

“Let’s talk about the difference between a prank and a hate crime,” tweeted the Wa

kefield High School Black Student Union.

“Let me be clear: This was an offensive act that has no place in our school,” Bazzell said in the statement. “The imagery is deeply offensive and everyone in our school community should be appalled.”

The doll was hung overnight Monday or early Tuesday, and a number of students saw the display and circulated photos on social media.

The school’s football stadium and baseball field were also damaged in the incident.

Bazzell said criminal charges would be sought in the incident, which remains under investigation by police and officials for Wake County schools.

“It is in no way funny,” Bazzell said. “It is not a prank.”

The school district has experienced a series of racially charged incidents during recent months, including a student’s Snapchat post late last month referring to classmates as slaves.

Wakefield High is 47 percent white, 30 percent black and 14 percent Hispanic.


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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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