‘Cool Runnings’ Olympians ‘flattered’ by blackface costumes

‘Cool Runnings’ Olympians ‘flattered’ by blackface costumes

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[trib_ndn vid=25333451]SAN DIEGO – An original member of the Jamaican bobsleigh Olympic team spoke out Wednesday about the controversial blackface costumes worn by Serra High School employees.

Head football coach Brian Basteyns, Assistant Coach Harold Seeley and a teacher recently dressed as members of the Jamaican bobsleigh team depicted in the movie “Cool Runnings.”

After civil rights groups spoke out against the costumes, the San Diego Unified School District suspended the three employees for two days without pay.

On Wednesday, one of the men who inspired the costumes spoke to Fox 5 about the controversy. Devon Harris was part of the original Jamaican bobsleigh team that competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics. The team inspired “Cool Runnings.”

“We’re flattered. We’re not offended,” said Harris, quoting former teammate Chris Stokes. Harris, Stokes and another former teammate spoke about the controversy recently.

Coaches Under Fire After Wearing Blackface CostumesHarris said after speaking with the other men he decided…

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