A popular African American cheerleader was kicked off the cheerleading team at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. And MTO News has learned that the former cheerleader claims that she was dismissed after refusing to “take off her bonnet” during cheer practice.
And the woman believes that she is being discriminated against, because she’s Black.
Talyn Jefferson, a junior at Ottawa University, said that she wore her bonnet to practice to prevent her from hitting a teammate in the face with her almost 3-foot-long box braids.
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Jefferson told The Kansas City Star that once she refused to remove it, the coach berated her in a racist rant. She was then kicked out of practice and ultimately removed from the team.
“I got kicked off because I was standing up for myself against microaggressive comments that the coach made toward me, that made me and others very uncomfortable,” said Jefferson. “Instead of the university addressing the fact that the comments were out of line and made me uncomfortable and the coach should have apologized, their solution was to kick me off instead.”
Here’s her full story: