Mar 7, 2012, 11:38 AM EDT
A district superintendent has apologized and students have been reprimanded for a perceived racist chant at a high school playoff basketball game in San Antonio on Saturday — but not all parties agree that it was offensive. A host of message board critics and conservative talk radio host all says it’s been blown way out of proportion.
Our story so far: Alamo Heights High School, which is made up mostly of Caucasian students, beat Edison High, which is predominantly Hispanic, in the Region IV-4A championship in San Antonio on Saturday. As Alamo players celebrated the win on the court, a large group of students began cheering “USA! USA!” until the Alamo coach made them stop. Deeming the cheer a racist slur on the Edison players, the San Antonio Independent School District, which represents Edison, filed a complaint with the University Interscholastic League, the governing body of high school sports in the area. From the San Antonio Express News:
It was the second year in a row that a complaint about racially motivated chants was filed after the Region IV-4A basketball tournament.
“A bunch of kids made a poor decision, but we can’t ignore it,” said Edison athletic director Gil Garza, who filed the complaint. “Our community is fed up.”
Alamo Heights ISD Superintendent Kevin Brown said he has apologized to SAISD officials. Heights students who were involved in the chanting will not be allowed to attend the Mules’ Class 4A state semifinal game against Dallas Kimball on Thursday.
Brown said some of the Heights students who took part and were disciplined are Hispanic.
“Unfortunately, after the game, we had a handful of students who made a bad decision and we’re very sorry it happened,” Brown said. “They made a mistake and we’re going to use this as a learning experience.”
But not all agree that the chant was racist. From The Blaze:
Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo — a nationally syndicated radio host based in San Antonio and frequent fill-in for Glenn Beck — on Wednesday blasted the local media coverage of the controversy, saying reporters demonized the “U-S-A!” chant, rather than presenting the story as students misusing it as a taunt.
From the Blaze message board:
Maybe Mr. Garza can tell us how many kids on his team are actually in the country legally. “Once again”, Mr. Garza, the citizens of the USA are on “pins and needles” wondering how our country is going to survive the plentiful “entitled” ILLEGALS on the USA’s dole. — Copatriots
Sanctuary Cities to flourish in Texas what did ya’ll expect? Hell there’s a Taco Stand in every shopping center parking lot, and hordes of Illegal’s that will swarm your work truck if you pull-up to eat looking to cut your grass. — Spankdamonkey
Had you attended a USA vs Mexico soccer event in San Diego you would see why these kids feel that a USA chant was necessary . Every “Latino” in the stands were cheering for the Mexican National team and jeering team USA but they were ALL GOOD Americans ….right ? People on border states know what the truth is. — Drattastic
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