High School Chant Gets Blown Out of Proportion

Since when does a group of high school students chanting “USA! USA!” during a school sporting event earn national media coverage? The answer seems to be “since now.”

During a recent high school basketball state playoff game in San Antonio, TX, a group of high school students who attend Alamo Heights High School began chanting the symbolic letters after their school’s team beat their rival, Edison High.

The seemingly-innocent chant has gained a lot of attention from news sources such as MSNBC, USA Today, and The Huffington Post, because it supposedly intersects race, sports, and politics. You see, the students at Alamo Heights are mostly white, but the students who attend Edison High are mostly Hispanic. Does it make a little more sense now?

When the students started chanting, Andrew Brewer, the head coach of the basketball team, quickly silenced them; the chanting only lasted about five seconds. The school superintendent, Kevin Brown, apologized for the students’ behavior and said that they would not be allowed to attend the state semifinal games as a punishment. However, these actions were not enough to please Gil Garza. Garza made a complaint to the governing body of Texas public schools three days after the event.

Those who are on the side of the chanters seem to think they can justify the students’ actions by placing blame elsewhere to diffuse the situation. They claim that the Edison students were also chanting during the game, but their chants were much more openly racist. These students were chanting “Alamo Whites.” Also, Brown claims that some of the Alamo Heights students who were chanting were Hispanic, so obviously that means it couldn’t have been a slur against the other schools’ student body.

Personally, I think this is just a silly issue that’s been blown way out of proportion. I know that when I was in high school, we called our rivals “spoiled snobs” during basketball games because they lived in a wealthier area of town than we did. Nobody ever made a big deal about our chants. I think this is just a high school rivalry that has touched a sensitive nerve for adults: being politically correct at all times.

What do you think?

Via USA Today

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