An Orange County High School told students to stop chanting “USA, USA” because it is “racist.”
Along with the prohibition on the chants, the school moved to block student posters reading “Build the Wall,” and We Love White.”
The move was sparked by the signs allegedly seen at the Aliso Niguel High School football game against Santa Ana High, where Santa Ana principal Jeff Bishop claimed he saw the “racist” displays.
Bishop told the Orange County Register while he did not clearly see the wording on the signs, he claimed he saw them “way up” in the bleachers. Students who were chanting “USA, USA” at the game were asked to stop.
“Again, a small number of kids…when they said, ‘It’s not a great day to be a Mexican now, is it?’, when I heard that, oh hell no,” Bishop told CBS2’s Michele Gile.
A Santa Ana Unified school district official said: “The signs read ‘Make America Great”, “Make America White”, “Build That Wall”…to name just a few.”
In a statement, Aliso Niguel principal Deni Christensen told CBSLA that Bishop came to Aliso Niguel’s sideline after the first quarter.
“He reported that his students and fans had seen the sign referencing President Trump before the game, and a sign that said “We love red, we love white, we love blue,” along with our students arriving dressed in red, white and blue, and he felt that the entire atmosphere was inhospitable to his school and community,” Christensen said.
According to CBS LA:
Roughly 99 percent of students enrolled at Santa Ana HS are Latino, compared with Aliso Niguel, where about 56 percent of students are white and 19 percent are Latino, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Bishop took to his Facebook page to report more of what he claims he saw:
Principal Bishop also claimed that the show of American pride infuriated him. An American school principal infuriated by patriotism.
“I told her ‘You’re playing Americans. You’re playing ‘Dreamers,’ I don’t understand the USA pride thing when you score. And if I hear it one more time, I am walking off the field with the team,” he said.
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