School Files UIL Complaint over “Racist” Chants
Did you know it’s considered “racist” for fans at a high school basketball game to start chanting “USA ! USA! USA!” when their team wins? Some people in San Antonio think it is. Really.
It’s apparently so offensive and racist that the San Antonio School District has filed a complaint with the University Interscholastic League over the chanting from Alamo Heights students, after their team won the Region IV-4A championship against Edison on Saturday.
Edison’s roster is predominantly Hispanic. The Alamo Heights team is mostly Anglo. The chanting only lasted for about five seconds, because the Alamo Heights head coach silenced the students as soon as he heard them.
Alamo Heights ISD Superintendent Kevin Brown apologized for the incident. Brown says “Unfortunately, after the game, we had a handful of students who made a bad decision and we’re very sorry it happened … They made a mistake and we’re going to use this as a learning experience.”
Brown says students who were involved in the chanting will also apologize, and they won’t be allowed to attend the Class 4A state semifinal game against Dallas Kimball on Thursday.
This was the second year in a row that the Region IV-4A tournament has generated complaints of racially motivated chants from fans. A similar incident happened last year in a game between Cedar Park and Lanier high schools.