College skit featuring players dressed as KKK members sparks anger, outrage

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WHEATON, Ill -- A performed skit at Wheaton College, meant to be a parody, is sparked outrage and anger and caused the school to issue a statement.

The skit was performed at an annual team building event last weekend. The school's football team breaks into groups and competes in different events.

This year, one group of players dressed like Ku Klux Klan members for skit. The say it was based on a scene from the 2003 movie Bad Boys II. The players in the skit, some who are African American, also carried a confederate flag.

While players have said the skit was intended to be a joke, many students and staff at Wheaton College were extremely shocked and hurt by what took place in the campus gym.

Word of the skit soon leaked and the campus president met with the team. Soon after, students on campus got an email from the coaches and players apologizing.
Wheaton College president Dr. Philip Ryken issued a statement saying: "I was shocked when I first heard that symbols with a history of racist violence had been used on our campus.  Wheaton College stands resolutely against racial insensitivity, including the use of symbols that convey hatred against African Americans and other ethnic minorities.  Sadly, this is a campus where we have sins to confess and people to forgive every day."

WGN News also reached out to the football coaching staff but did not get a response from them.

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