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A high school football team displayed a 'trail of tears' banner when playing the Indians


Last night's high school football game between the Greenfield-McClain Tigers and the Hillsboro Indians was marred by a particularly insensitive attempt at a taunt.

Greenfield-McClain cheerleaders unveiled a banner, at Hillsboro, that promised a "Trail of Tears Part 2," reports Deadspin.  

Hillsboro and Greenfield are rural cities east of Cincinnati. 

Check out the banner in question.

An apology was posted to the school's Facebook page, but has since been removed. 

"Tonight an event occurred that does not reflect the values or beliefs that we try to instill in the students of McClain High School. An immediate apology was issued to both the principal and athletic director of Hillsboro High School. We would also like to apologize to the citizens of Greenfield for the poor reflection on our community. This matter will be addressed internally," read the statement. 

The trail of tears refers to the series of forced removals of Native Americans in the mid-nineteenth century from their ancestral homelands. 

Various government agencies forced those remove to march west. During those marches, Native Americans were afflicted by disease and were made to starve. Thousands died as a result. 

Many online have criticized the content of the banner. 

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