It is now racist to chant “USA, USA, USA” in San Antonio, Texas.
David Flores reports for Kens5.com, March 6, 2012, that the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) has filed a complaint with the UIL regarding a group of Alamo Heights High School students who chanted “USA, USA, USA” after their team Mules’ victory over rival team Edison in a basketball match last Saturday.
The UIL is the governing body for extracurricular activities in Texas public schools. The match was the Region IV-4A boys basketball final at Littleton Gym. Alamo Heights head coach Andrew Brewer and a few others in the Mules’ stands immediately put a stop to the chant when it rose from the student section.
SAISD athletic director Gil Garza said the chant was “ethnic taunting” because Edison is a minority team and Alamo Heights’ squad is predominantly Anglo. Garza said:
“Our kids try real hard and work extra hard to get to the regional tournament, and then we have to worry about them being subjected to this kind of insensitivity. To be attacked about your ethnicity and being made to feel that you don’t belong in this country is terrible. Why can’t people just applaud our kids? …Our kids deserve better than hearing what they did after the game from those Alamo Heights students, even if it was just for a few seconds.”
Under UIL protocol, the Alamo Heights Independent School District will have 10 days to respond to the SAISD’s complaint.
Alamo Heights superintendent Kevin Brown apologized to SAISD officials and said that the students who took part in the chanting have apologized and will be banned from attending the Mules’ game against Dallas Kimball in the state semifinals Thursday in Austin. Brown said:
“Obviously, we were disappointed that this happened. That’s not who we are as a community and that’s not who we are as a school. It’s not something that’s acceptable for us. Our kids are very respectable. We have to remember that they’re teenagers, and kids make mistakes. Still, there are consequences. We have tried to use this as a teachable moment for them. We have talked to our students. We’ve taken responsibility for it, although what happened is not representative of everybody who was there.”
On the news article’s Kens5.com site, several readers left comments pointing out that some of the Alamo Heights students who chanted “USA, USA” were Hispanic. Furthermore, other fans at the basketball match called the Alamo Heights basketball team “Alamo Whites” and no one complained that is racist or “ethnic taunting.”
Students at Alamo Heights High School also point out that the “USA” chant has been used at other games against schools of non-minority players.
H/t beloved Tina