Minor League Ball Team Cancels ‘Caucasian Heritage Night’ After Social Media Outrage
The planned Caucasian Heritage Night by the minor league Orem Owls was cancelled following social media and NAACP outrage.
The event was too offensive.
An event called “Caucasian Heritage Night” to be put on by a Utah minor league baseball team, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim-affiliated Orem Owlz, has been cancelled following severe social media backlash via #CaucasianHeritageNight, particularly in light of the recent admittedly racist shooting massacre in South Carolina.
The Orem Owlz baseball team in Utah scheduled Caucasian Heritage Night, or what some are calling a “white appreciation event,” long ago, before the racially-motivated South Carolina shootings, and that the Caucasian Heritage Night event was meant to be a “lighthearted” roast of Caucasian people, poking fun at white stereotypes, reports CNN,
But when the Orem Owlz put up a Caucasian Heritage Night post on Friday, promoting what they perceived to be an event mocking the behaviors and likes of white people, social media blew up, many, such as a woman calling herself Melanin Monroe, apparently offended and angered by the Caucasian Heritage Night event, thinking white people get enough attention as it is.
Caucasian Heritage Night?I must be misinformed, isn't Caucasian Heritage Night every day/holiday/history lesson??? #CaucasianHeritageNight
— Melanin Monroe (@TsunamiRojas) June 20, 2015
eanetta Williams, president of the NAACP Tri-State Conference of Idaho, Nevada & Utah, told KSL the Caucasian Heritage event was particularly inappropriate after the South Carolina shootings and might be seen as something that legitimizes the views of white supremacists.
“In light of everything that has happened in Charleston, South Carolina, it is very troubling. Especially now, when there are so many white supremacist groups out there, and they’re looking for something like this.”