In spite of a tremendous victory by its football team Friday night, the Plainfield’s community was slammed by critics for the behavior of fans who incited a fight with New London football players and, as highlighted by a scathing column from Mike DiMauro in The Day of New London Tuesday, for an ignominious history of racially-charged insults directed at opposing players during town sporting events.
New London quarterback Danny Maranda told DiMauro he was called “N-word love, N-word lover,” over and over again as he ran down to pull a teammate away from the Friday night fight. All-state end J. Hunter Roman told DiMauro he was expecting to be taunted with racial slurs because it had happened during a football game in Plainfield his sophomore year.
DiMauro also quoted other a former Fitch basketball player and coach. “Plainfield is one of the worst crowds we’ve ever played in front of,” former Fitch basketball coach Tom Doyle told DiMauro.
And so I ask the people of Plainfield: Are you ready to make this stop? …I ask the people of Plainfield: How does this make you feel? How does it make you feel to live in a town with so many segments of intolerance? …I ask the people of Plainfield to make themselves heard above the roars of intolerance.
In response, Plainfield High School’s Twitter account released a video on YouTube in which a diverse group of 12 Plainfield student-athletes stood together to condemn the racially-tinged attacks vowed to combat them in their town.
“We pledge ourselves to good sportsmanship,” one student said.
“And urge our families to do the same,” said another.
“And we won’t tolerate anything less.”
“We are a diverse school. Different races. Different religions. Different colors. The only colors that matter to us are the red and black of Panther nation.”
“We are Plainfield.”
Watch the video above.