School apologizes for its “racist” chant of … “USA! USA! USA!”

posted at 6:00 pm on March 7, 2012 by Tina Korbe

After a high school boys basketball championship game last weekend, a handful of Texas high school kids chanted “USA! USA! USA!” to celebrate their school’s win. Trouble is, the losing team interpreted the cheer as a … racist chant. KENS 5 of San Antonio reports:

Two possibilities (and I’m giving the complainants every possible benefit of the doubt here):

  1. We don’t know what precipitated the chant. Maybe the kids who took up the cry were particularly in-your-face about it. Maybe, the chanters really did intend the refrain to imply their competitors aren’t U.S. citizens — and to imply that they, as U.S. citizens (I’m assuming they are because they chanted “USA!” — not because they’re white), are superior to non-U.S. citizens. (Whether any or all of the players on either or both sides are U.S. citizens isn’t clear from the report.) Still, that’s not exactly racist. It’s poor sportsmanship with a side of nationalism.
  2. Maybe the kids were just excited at the victory and the excitement overflowed into an expression of patriotism. As a Texas high school boys basketball team isn’t exactly the national basketball team, it’s not as though the chant makes literal sense — but it’s far more plausible to think the high schoolers were chanting it as a way to build themselves up than to believe they were chanting it as a way to tear their opponents down.

Again, “USA” signifies a nation, not a race. A nationalist chant might imply the nation is exceptional, but it doesn’t imply any particular race is exceptional. It’s important to use the proper vocabulary here; too much confusion as to what constitutes racism already exists.


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funny, I am sitting at a starbux about 3 blocks away from alamo heights HS.

ted c on March 7, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Ok. I can kinda understand the complaint. These are highschoolers that we’re talking about.

AbaddonsReign on March 7, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Is that outside the zone where correct spelling of Starbucks ends?

NahnCee on March 7, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Maybe Obama can call then to make it all better .

logman1 on March 7, 2012 at 6:04 PM

So does this make Willard McDole III a racist since he loves Americans and America and drives American cars?

angryed on March 7, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Everybody stop f**king apologizing, already. The people who most need to apologize for their behavior rarely do. The rest of you…OWN IT. Shed the guilt. Shed the shame. Shed the insecurity. BE PROUD OF WHAT YOU SAY.

MadisonConservative on March 7, 2012 at 6:06 PM

USA, is not a race?

Bmore on March 7, 2012 at 6:06 PM

The students of both schools are citizens of the “USA”.

How is that racist?

Unless they’re not…

…but it is totally okay for those of Mexican decent to wave the Mexican flag in “the USA”…

ladyingray on March 7, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Somebody hit a nerve.

Otherwise the race card would not have been pulled.

profitsbeard on March 7, 2012 at 6:07 PM

A group of Alamo Heights students chanted “USA, USA, USA” as the Mules were presented with the Region IV-4A boys basketball championship trophy Saturday night after defeating Edison.

At Republican political events, we chant “USA! USA! USA!” to drown out the Jackasses who try to scream insults.

portlandon on March 7, 2012 at 6:08 PM

School apologizes for its “racist” chant of … “USA! USA! USA!”

O_O

Seven Percent Solution on March 7, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Racistas!!!!!!!!!

-La Raza

antipc on March 7, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Is that outside the zone where correct spelling of Starbucks ends?

NahnCee on March 7, 2012 at 6:03 PM

no, its inside the zone where I don’t care how its spelled….

ted c on March 7, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Viva La Raza…!

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on March 7, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Obama needs to apologize for this to bring on the healing and mend the peace.

whatcat on March 7, 2012 at 6:08 PM

You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down

Oh really, WordPress?? The hell you say….I’ve only commented twice in the last 5 minutes. Is that too fast for you?

ted c on March 7, 2012 at 6:09 PM

School apologizes for its “racist” chant of … “USA! USA! USA!”

The implication behind apologizing for this is that minorities cannot be patriotic or proud Americans. Why else would this ever be seen as racist in tone?

sharrukin on March 7, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Isn’t Edison an American High School too?

Political correctness is becoming more and more absurd.

wren on March 7, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Tequila summit!

HotAirian on March 7, 2012 at 6:10 PM

BE PROUD OF WHAT YOU SAY.

MadisonConservative on March 7, 2012 at 6:06 PM

just don’t be a jingoistic douche.

sesquipedalian on March 7, 2012 at 6:10 PM

I can’t believe they weren’t arrested for a hate crime.

Urban Infidel on March 7, 2012 at 6:11 PM

It’s clear from the story that everyone involved thinks this was racist. It’s clearly more than just a case of political correctness run amuck.

There’s clearly more to this story than the Drudge headlines suggest.

YYZ on March 7, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Wait. What?

lorien1973 on March 7, 2012 at 6:11 PM

just don’t be a jingoistic douche.

sesquipedalian on March 7, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Yes. All we have to do is the opposite of you.

Sporty1946 on March 7, 2012 at 6:12 PM

It’s not racist in the slightest.
However, given that the other high school in question is about 95% Hispanic, I’m pretty sure it was intended to imply that the other players were illegal immigrants. Perfectly protected free speech, but not exactly sportsmanlike.

AngusMc on March 7, 2012 at 6:13 PM

I can’t believe they weren’t arrested for a hate crime.

Urban Infidel on March 7, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Suspensions and expulsions are in the works.

antipc on March 7, 2012 at 6:13 PM

I’m usually more level-headed over intent in things like this…and give the benefit for the doubt as far as I can, as Tina says there. Agree or not, I at least try to be fair.

But here? Total BS in every way BS could possibly be interpreted.

I can’t even find the words to express my disgust at anyone even suggesting USA! USA! could be racist. It’s so beyond ridiculous it’s…well, I’m sure you know.

JetBoy on March 7, 2012 at 6:13 PM

San Antonio Independent School District officials took the chant as a racial insult to a school with all minority players

Minority players…hmmmm..code for ?
Welfare moochers ? Illegal aliens ? Anchor babies ?

burrata on March 7, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Those teachers and administrators should be dragged to the nearest Military Cemetery and be forced to beg for forgiveness…!

Seven Percent Solution on March 7, 2012 at 6:14 PM

hey, this is Alamo Heights HS, and yesterday was the anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo….. related? eh?

ted c on March 7, 2012 at 6:15 PM

maybe they are all just big Hacksaw Jim Duggan fans

Daveyardbird on March 7, 2012 at 6:15 PM

When is this political correctness insanity going to end? It’s getting to the degree that if you even think of anything that offends anyone on the left, you face the wrath of the mutitude of lefty victim organizations.

The First Amendment tells us freespeech is our right, but try it and feel the scorn of those that would determine what they ‘feel’ is right or wrong.

The left has moved the line on everything from homosexuality to abortion by turning anyone who opposes their opinions into a bigot.

Alferd Packer on March 7, 2012 at 6:17 PM

It’s important to use the proper vocabulary here; too much confusion as to what constitutes racism already exists.

As always, thanks to an idiot judge from CA:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/fed-judge-calif-school-was-right-to-forbid-students-american-flag-t-shirts-on-cinco-de-mayo/

burrata on March 7, 2012 at 6:17 PM

if they had chanted, “usa socialists!” then ?

Dr. Demento on March 7, 2012 at 6:19 PM

I can’t even find the words to express my disgust at anyone even suggesting USA! USA! could be racist. It’s so beyond ridiculous it’s…well, I’m sure you know.

JetBoy on March 7, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Try to remember Jeremiah Wright’s rantings ….

burrata on March 7, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Double face palm…shaking one’s head in disbelief…on so many levels of idiocy…

albill on March 7, 2012 at 6:20 PM

if they had chanted, “usa socialists!” then ?

Dr. Demento on March 7, 2012 at 6:19 PM

oh, they get a trophy for that./

ted c on March 7, 2012 at 6:20 PM

The people who most need to apologize for their behavior rarely do…

BE PROUD OF WHAT YOU SAY.

MadisonConservative on March 7, 2012 at 6:06 PM

This.

Better than being a myopic statist.

Fancy words are fun!

BadgerHawk on March 7, 2012 at 6:21 PM

:)

INC on March 7, 2012 at 6:20 PM

heidi.rod1 (signed in using yahoo)
My husband and I attended the game in hopes to support San Antonio basketball. We do not have any children who attend either schools, however we did hear Edison students calling Alamo Heights kids “Alamo Whites”. A full investigation needs to be underway for both schools. I have yet to read about what the Edison kids were saying to the Alamo Heights students. Alamo Heights students were wrong, however you can not look into one school and not the other. This will be the last game my husband and I attend at any school. We do not have children of our own, but we do support ALL San Antonio school functions as much as we can.
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ted c on March 7, 2012 at 6:21 PM

just don’t be a jingoistic douche.

sesquipedalian on March 7, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Better than being a myopic statist.

Fancy words are fun!

BadgerHawk on March 7, 2012 at 6:21 PM

It looks like the students were implying that the opposing school wasn’t American.

From the video, can’t be entirely sure, but it looks like the winning team was all white people whereas the opposing team was more diverse.

El_Terrible on March 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM

I’m sure this same school district won’t have a problem when the illegals attending the offended school march on Cinco de Mayo waving the Mexican flag demanding that we return Texas to Mexico.

Sporty1946 on March 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM

“USA, USA, USA,” they chanted.
==============================

Maybe it would of been more politicaly correct to say,

“Obama, Obama, Obama”!
(sarc)

canopfor on March 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM

oh, they get a trophy for that./

ted c on March 7, 2012 at 6:20 PM

i’d say too funny… but i had a mouthful…now its on the computer…

Dr. Demento on March 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM

if they had chanted, “usa socialists!” then ?

Dr. Demento on March 7, 2012 at 6:19 PM

oh, they get a trophy for that./

ted c on March 7, 2012 at 6:20 PM

and an invite to the white House too

burrata on March 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM

It’s poor sportsmanship and possibly something worse, though maybe not racist; they are clearly implying the other team is not comprised of Americans. If I was an American of latino descent I’d be pretty ticked off if someone chanted “USA”. The “minorities” might be proud Americans. Or not.

RW Wacko on March 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Maybe it was intended as a unifying chant…

22044 on March 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM

“Everybody stop f**king apologizing, already. The people who most need to apologize for their behavior rarely do. The rest of you…OWN IT. Shed the guilt. Shed the shame. Shed the insecurity. BE PROUD OF WHAT YOU SAY”

YES, YES, YES!

Samantha on March 7, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Yesterday was March sixth. They should have chanted,”Remember the Alamo – Bitches!”

Buck Turgidson on March 7, 2012 at 6:24 PM

c’mon, these kids are just angling to appear before congress, get their free rubbers and have some face time with Mr. Obama./

ted c on March 7, 2012 at 6:24 PM

hey, this is Alamo Heights HS, and yesterday was the anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo….. related? eh?

ted c on March 7, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Good catch!

Sporty1946 on March 7, 2012 at 6:24 PM

I posted a comment about this on the KENS5 story on their webpage.

The story was unbalanced and biased.

A few years ago, 2008 or 2009 I think, hispanic kids took down the American flag and replaced it with the Mexican flag at several area high schools and skipped class/school to participate in ‘protests’ and ‘marches’ sponsored by such groups as La Raza and MEchA.

No school administrators apologized for their students behavior. No school officials lodged complaints against the organizations who sponsored the marches and encouraged the students behavior. Teachers in some cases gave extra credit to students for attending those ‘rallies’ – no teachers were admonished by administrators for their actions or the encouragement of the students behavior. Additionally, no administrators or school district officials apologized to the communities those schools were located in for the offense of the flag removal or for the overt racial tone of the marches/protests.

Additionally, no San Antonio news outlet reported on the events as they did in the above case.

The events were excused, tacitly – if not outrightly – justified or dismissed as kids simply exercising their ‘rights’.

What’s funny is that in the comments on the webpage, I read there may have been an incident of the Edison students either responding to the chant or perhaps even instigating it with themselves chanting “Alamo whites, Alamo, whites.” There is no independent confirmation of that, however and I haven’t been able to corroborate it.

You have seen more ‘journalism’ in this comment than you witnessed in the KENS5 report.

The double standard was apparent in last nights report and it makes me sick.

catmman on March 7, 2012 at 6:24 PM

if they had chanted, “usa socialists!” then ?

Dr. Demento on March 7, 2012 at 6:19 PM

“Jews Away!”

the_nile on March 7, 2012 at 6:25 PM

racist = bad

nationalist = ? owe’bama?

owebama = socialist? oh i was so bad at logic…..

Dr. Demento on March 7, 2012 at 6:26 PM

There’s clearly more to this story than the Drudge headlines suggest.

YYZ on March 7, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Perhaps. Maybe the other team was shouting Mexico! Mexico! and they countered with USA!

darwin on March 7, 2012 at 6:26 PM

I can’t even find the words to express my disgust at anyone even suggesting USA! USA! could be racist. It’s so beyond ridiculous it’s…well, I’m sure you know.

JetBoy on March 7, 2012 at 6:13 PM

As Stephen A. Smith would say, it’s asinine, asaten, asaneleven, asatwelve.

Still though, even in context the chant seems like it’s in poor taste.

BadgerHawk on March 7, 2012 at 6:26 PM

If I was an American of latino descent I’d be pretty ticked off if someone chanted “USA”. The “minorities” might be proud Americans. Or not.

RW Wacko on March 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM

If you were a American of latino descent why in the world would shouting USA! tick you off?

darwin on March 7, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Nation of whiners. I can understand at some level that the Hispanic players might have seen it as inferring something, but all of these kids are American, the reporter said Hispanics were chanting it also, and this seems to be just a manufactured outrage by somebody who probably thinks a klansman sleeps under the bed.

Southernblogger on March 7, 2012 at 6:27 PM

The only thing worse than a sore loser is a poor winner. You might not remember right after 9/11 when hosting Mexican fans taunted the US Men’s National Team with chants of “OSAMA! OSAMA!”

Christien on March 7, 2012 at 6:27 PM

oh, they get a trophy for that./

ted c on March 7, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Everyone gets a trophy regardless. Can’t have anyone feel…left out.

JetBoy on March 7, 2012 at 6:29 PM

“USA, USA, USA,” they chanted.
===============================

Reminds me a bit of the OBL Snuffation!!

College Republicans from the major campuses in the Washington metropolitan area brought American and Gadsen flags to display their patriotism, as College Democrats and liberal students led chants in favor of reelecting President Barack Obama shouting, “Four more years!” and “Yes we can!”

On the streets near the White House, young people crowded onto the tops on cars. One celebrator told TheDC the party symbolizes everything America stands for. “When they won, they burned our flags,” he said. “When we won we wave our flags and we celebrate with hot, 19-year-old girls dancing in the streets.”

Students climbed lampposts on Pennsylvania Avenue to hang flags from them. “USA, USA, USA,” chants could be heard every few minutes or so, and the crowd’s energy was contagious.

WATCH: Students, youth celebrate Osama bin Laden’s death outside White House:

http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/02/thousands-spontaneously-gather-in-front-of-white-house-to-celebrate-bin-laden%E2%80%99s-death/

canopfor on March 7, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Is it O.K. to sing “Back in the U.S.S.R?

JPeterman on March 7, 2012 at 6:32 PM

HS shenanigans. nothing more. It’s a ball game for pete’s sake.

ted c on March 7, 2012 at 6:34 PM

PC force-feeds appeasement through false guilt and threats.

INC on March 7, 2012 at 6:34 PM

hey, this is Alamo Heights HS, and yesterday was the anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo….. related? eh?

ted c on March 7, 2012 at 6:15 PM

ted c:Spooky!!!:)

canopfor on March 7, 2012 at 6:35 PM

So I was being racist when the crowd I was in chanted USA, USA after our college soccer team beat a team that had 6 or 7 german nationals on it?

Sultanofsham on March 7, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Mexicans are not a race. Hispanics are of the caucasian race, as opposed to african (black), or asian races.

jake49 on March 7, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Maybe it was intended as a unifying chant…

22044 on March 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Heh.

BadgerHawk on March 7, 2012 at 6:36 PM

It’s poor sportsmanship and possibly something worse,

USA!USA! is poor sportsmanship how exactly ?
What if the winning team was all black and chanted: “Black Power” while raising their clenched fists ?
would that have been sportsmanlike ?
Would that have been racist , towards white people ?

though maybe not racist; they are clearly implying the other team is not comprised of Americans.

How do you know what they are implying ?
Maybe
those kids just wanted to be kids and chant something to celebrate their victory and ” USA USA” is the first thing they remembered ?

If I was an American of latino descent I’d be pretty ticked off if someone chanted “USA”.

So latinos who live in America, benefit from America , exploit America and have American citizenship are offended by USA ? Why ?

The “minorities” might be proud Americans. Or not.

RW Wacko on March 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM

In this case atleast, since minorities and their union thug
” educators” did not join the chant , they are definitely not proud Americans . They are just race pimps.

burrata on March 7, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Better than being a myopic statist.

Fancy words are fun!

BadgerHawk on March 7, 2012 at 6:21 PM

‘jingoistic’ is hardly a fancy word, at least not in my east-coast cocktail-sipping limo-riding socialist-elitist social circles.

or was it did ‘douche’ that tickled you?

sesquipedalian on March 7, 2012 at 6:37 PM

This sounds like an apology for Barack Hussein Obama.

jan3 on March 7, 2012 at 6:37 PM

ted c on March 7, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Agreed. Their play on the court did the talking. No need to say anything else. Shake hands, say “Good game.” Not racist, and not good sportsmanship.

Christien on March 7, 2012 at 6:37 PM

reminds me of a mark steyn review, “The future, as Steyn shows, belongs to the fecund and the confident. And the Islamists are both, while the West – wedded to a multiculturalism that undercuts its own confidence, a welfare…..

Dr. Demento on March 7, 2012 at 6:39 PM

People chant “USA” in all kinds of nonsensical contexts. There’s no way high school kids could be considered “racist” for chanting it.

Carolus on March 7, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Ugh! I live in Austin. The “USA” chants are totally inappropriate in this context, and clearly racist, IMO.

The idea that this “USA” chant has anything to do with patriotism is laughable. None of these kids chant “USA” when the beat another predominantly white school.

What is the purpose of white students chanting “USA” when they beat Latino students? The purpose is to degrade them as less American based on their ethnicity. It is shameful, and I’m saddened to see others here defend it.

Chameleon on March 7, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Yeah, I’m going to have to have much more detail on this one.

Knott Buyinit on March 7, 2012 at 6:40 PM

‘jingoistic’ is hardly a fancy word, at least not in my east-coast cocktail-sipping limo-riding socialist-elitist social circles.

or was it did ‘douche’ that tickled you?

sesquipedalian on March 7, 2012 at 6:37 PM

USA! USA! USA!

darwin on March 7, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Disgusting of the school to apologize. They should have argued that there should have been no offense, since the losing teem was from a USA high school also and its student presumably US citizens (or if not grateful to be in the USA). The apology implies that the Hispanic students identify more with Mexico than the USA and have a right to be offended if other students express pride in the USA.

Americans always have to apologize for pride in America, since it always gives offense – a sign of weakness for which we are actually despised.

Chessplayer on March 7, 2012 at 6:42 PM

I’d ignore the comment. Not apologize… that’s a situation where I simply wouldn’t return the call. If the press asked me what the response was of my school… I’d say “we don’t have one… we don’t need to respond.”

Karmashock on March 7, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Just my opinion here- I hate it when people make snarky little comments about spelling. I’m rather enjoying the relaxed rules, and most of the time the misspelling doesn’t cloud the meaning of the post.

I wish all these people who hate the USA would leave, just take your ignorant butts somewhere else.

texanpride on March 7, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Did they also apologise for playing the national anthem before the game?

tommyboy on March 7, 2012 at 6:49 PM

This is the world the first black president has brought us.
He said he would bring ppl together, yet he splits us apart.

angrymike on March 7, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Personally, I would like to see USA! USA! USA! shouted loud and long – everywhere, until these race-baiters get it through their tiny brains that there is a Bell-Curve in life.

OldEnglish on March 7, 2012 at 6:51 PM

It’s poor sportsmanship and possibly something worse, though maybe not racist; they are clearly implying the other team is not comprised of Americans. If I was an American of latino descent I’d be pretty ticked off if someone chanted “USA”. The “minorities” might be proud Americans. Or not.

RW Wacko on March 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM

If your an american of whatever descent and someone chanting USA ticks you off you have a problem.

Sultanofsham on March 7, 2012 at 6:51 PM

or was it did ‘douche’ that tickled you?

sesquipedalian on March 7, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Grammar is for proles.

Good Solid B-Plus on March 7, 2012 at 6:55 PM

I’d like to make an apology to the world, for…….

Barack Hussein Obama

…and all those that adhere to his bullsh$t left wing socialist progressive ideals.

The list is long, too long to attempt to capture here.

We will overcome though, be sure of that.

Wolfmoon on March 7, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Read the comments on the local TV stations’ website reporting the story: apparently the chant was in retaliation for the OTHER team chanting “ALAMO WHITES ALAMO WHITES”, mocking the Alamo team for being made up of (apparently) Anglo-looking white students, as opposed to the largely Hispanic makeup of the aggrieved team. Kind of funny it was whites at “Alamo” who defeated Hispanics in “battle” ;)

babygiraffe on March 7, 2012 at 6:57 PM

If you think “USA!, USA!” is racist you need to:

1. Quit accepting “free” stuff stolen from Americans at the threat of violence to give to you

2. Emigrate to some Krapistan.

wildcat72 on March 7, 2012 at 6:57 PM

This may not have been racist, but it’s silly for people to say that such a chant *can’t* be racist. If I’m walking around on the street, and every time I see a minority I yell “USA! USA!” at them, that is obviously racist. The implication is that they are not US Citizens and that I am assuming it based on the color of their skin.

That is certainly how making the accusations are making it sound — like it was intended to imply that the non-white players were not American. That may not be true, and it may have been intended in a non-racist way, or just a nationalist way (which still seems rude in the context of a local basketball game), but I don’t see how you can claim that it *can’t* have been racist.

tneloms on March 7, 2012 at 6:58 PM

texaspride
I think it’s supposed to be Texas Pride
just kidding
;-)

angrymike on March 7, 2012 at 6:59 PM

‘Hispanic’ is a made up nationality, and not a race.

‘Hispanic’ is a mix of Europeans and North and Central American natives from ancestral tribal areas South of the Rio Grande.

The rest of us are a mix of Europeans and North American natives from ancestral tribal areas North of the Rio Grande.

slickwillie2001 on March 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM

I mean Texan Pride!

angrymike on March 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Sounds like the product of “Government” schooling. Glad my kids are out of HS. Oh I forgot…they are in college. Even worse….

obsessedinga on March 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM

What a joke! If the other school say they are American, then prove it! If not, get the hell out of this country.

RZuendt on March 7, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Usually I think these types of outrages are…outrageous. But why in the world are they chanting USA? What have they done that makes them feel like they are representing the nation? Is this the olympics? And yes, when the other team is all players of mexican descent, it is not that far of a leap to think maybe there is a bit of hostility going on. We dont have all the details but there was no reason to chant that. Why not chant their mascot? that makes A LOT more sense. and as someone noted above, chanting black power or la raza would be racist. this was very poor sportsmanship and they clearly need a good talking to.

Donald Draper on March 7, 2012 at 7:02 PM

This is almost entirely a product of school district-level superintendents and a coach–in other words, people steeped in politically correct mumbo jumbo. You can just hear the PC red flags going off in their heads: “bullying,” “racism,” “intolerance,” etc.

This is the functional equivalent (although with high school students) of the elementary school girl who had her sandwich replaced with chicken nuggets. School bureaucrats are sensitive, wise, and compassionate individuals who will intervene when students behave a certain way. Yeah, OK, the Alamo Heights students were taunting the Edison students. Oh dear, high school students taunting other high school students. And in another era this would have been like water off the culture’s back. But not these days, with crazed school bureaucrats on the prowl.

Think of it as the TSA-ization of the culture of schools: Students forced to walk through a cultural scanner. Sick.

One other thing: Notice how the local media report is packaging this as a national story. What local news reporter refers to a local high school as “predominantly Hispanic”? If you live in the community you know that this school is mostly white and this other school is mostly Hispanic. But if you’re an outsider you don’t have the context. And lo and behold the media hacks come along to “contextualize” the story and give it legs. Sick.

EMD on March 7, 2012 at 7:05 PM

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