This fundraiser was no bake sale.
Fake punches flew and tattooed muscles rippled on Saturday in the gym of St. Michael-Albertville High School, where proceeds from tickets and snacks sold at an indie wrestling show went to the football booster club.
In a spectacle of caricatured roles — a fur-clad Norseman, a pair of fighters in kilts — a wrestler playing an Iranian made a show of unrolling a rug and kneeling to pray, then insulted Americans as the crowd booed…
But some are concerned. A spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations said the Muslim civil rights advocacy group plans to follow up with the school. “When you start associating the promotion of religious stereotypes with a public school, that’s of great concern to us,” Ibrahim Hooper said.
The comments by the wrestler portraying an Iranian are “nationalist in a negative sense and, frankly, racist,” said Katherine Fennelly, a professor of public affairs at the University of Minnesota who specializes in immigration. (More)