We got a chance to catch up Mr. Antonio Shuhuba-Baruti, former Muskegon Big Reds assistant coach. Mr. Baruti who was also President for Muskegon Heights School Board, was very popular among the staff, students and parents for his passion with the youth.
Mr. Baruti who is also a Muskegon Heights graduate mentored young African American kids during his tenure here in Muskegon.
We got the chance to get his opinion on Coach Sparky McEwen being past over for a coaching job here 2 years ago and Muskegon’s lastest decision to hire Shane Fairfield as their new Head Coach. The controversy surrounding the hiring of Shane Fairfield stems from the fact that the highly qualified Sparky McEwen who is African American was denied the chance to coach the Big Reds because he didn’t have a bachelor degree. Muskegon Public Schools changed that requirement to accommodate their desire to hire Shane Fairfield who is Caucasian.
One of the notable quotes from Mr. Baruti is his statement, “Minorities have no voice in the major decisions made
by Muskegon Public Schools”. A school district that is 70% African Americans & Hispanic.
Mr. Baruti also discussed his new job as a teacher at Zachery High School, located outside Baton Rouge, Louisiana. According to to Mr. Baruti, Zachery High school is one of the Top schools in the state of Louisiana. Also the school has received record growth in the past 2 years.
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