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A young woman is suing a school district in Kansas for discrimination and retaliation, claiming she was told she couldn’t perform with the dance team because her skin was “too dark,” according to a lawsuit.
Camille Sturdivant was one of two African-American members on the 14-person “Dazzlers” dance team at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park before graduating in May, according to the lawsuit filed Dec. 5 in the United States District Court in Kansas City, Kansas.
The article goes on to state the following:
Back in July 2017, the team’s choreographer acted “on behalf of and in conjunction with” the team’s coach, Carley Fine, to exclude Sturdivant from performing in an upcoming dance after allegedly making a comment that “her skin was too dark and the audience would look at her and not the other dancers,” the suit states.
Sturdivant claims in the suit that the choreographer also said her skin color “clashed with the color of the costumes.”
— ABC News (@ABC) January 20, 2019
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