Twitter Users Criticize Houston Students Who Wore Racist Costumes for 'Jersey Day'


A group of students at a Houston high school are being criticized for their "jersey day" outfits during spirit week.

Rather than wear the jerseys of their favorite athletes, as many as 30 students at Houston's Memorial High School instead came to school dressed in jerseys, yes, as well as chains, fake tattoos and corn rows on Tuesday. A tweet shows a flyer for the school's spirit week listing "Jersey/Thug" as its theme.
The original tweet calling out the costumes has gathered thousands of retweets met with comments of frustration and disbelief. Twitter user @Rachellemmma also shared photos from years past of students wearing clothing with racist undertones.
A former student spoke to Houston's KHOU and said the official spirit day theme was "senior swag day" when she was a student in 2015 and resulted in stereotype-perpetuating attire back then. She also said there was a "Senioritas" day that played on stereotypes such as mustaches, sombreros and "acting Mexican."

Administrators at the school cancelled the rest of spirit week following the controversy. They haven't indicated whether the students would face disciplinary action.

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