Paula Hare was the only Black player at the Maryland School for the Deaf’s summer volleyball camp in 2014 when she was approached by the team captain, who wanted her permission to refer to her using a racial slur.
“I was her favorite, so I allowed her to use that word. Of course, deep inside I was hurt, yet I don’t know what to do since I’m just a freshman ... She was so happy and kept saying “that’s my n---- over there!”
She said other players began using the word to describe her as well. The coach witnessed and ignored the behavior, she said.
“It turned my life upside down,” she wrote in an email to The Baltimore Sun.