Source: AP / theGrio
TRENTON, N.J. — School sports officials asked the state’s civil rights agency to look into a photo that shows members of a high school wrestling team apparently simulating a lynching.
The photo, which surfaced online in recent days, shows seven white teens wearing Phillipsburg High School wrestling attire posed with a black tackling dummy in a Paulsboro High School wrestling shirt and hanging from a noose. Two of the boys have the hoods on their sweatshirts fixed into points. One of the boys is holding a paddle.
Paulsboro and Phillipsburg are longtime wrestling powerhouses and rivals. Phillipsburg, in northwest New Jersey, is a community of 15,000 where about 85 percent of the population is white. Paulsboro, south of Philadelphia, has about 6,000 residents — more than one-third of them black.
According to online photos, it appears all or nearly all Phillipsburg’s wrestlers are white, while some members of the Paulsboro team are black.
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