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The Alamo Heights Basketball “U-S-A” Chant: So, Patriotism is the New Racism in San Antonio?

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One thing about racism, is the way that it doesn’t discriminate; yep, racism even hangs out at basketball games. It seems that my man racism got tired of all the “white men can’t jump,” jokes and decided to show up down in San Antonio, Texas last Saturday. From what I’m hearing, an all-white Alamo Heights squad went up against a predominantly Latino team from Edison High School; um, who knew Latinos played basketball?

Well, as luck would have it, the white boys won. Quite naturally, this being a historically monumental occasion as it were, at the end of the game fans of  Alamo Heights started chanting “U-S-A! U-S-A!” Now, if the team they defeated were from Mexico, this would have been understandable. However, with Edison High being from San Antonio themselves, those chants came off a tad bit racially offensive. Now, I don’t know how they do things down in Texas – maybe they take that whole “remember the Alamo,” thing pretty seriously; maybe it wasn’t meant to be racial.

At any rate, Edison High wasn’t pleased and Alamo Heightrs have since apologized. I wish this were the end of the story, with a teachable moment avoided; but of course, certain people are having a problem with the team being “forced” to apologize. Yep, certain people see this as an act of patriotism and nothing racially offensive. Of course, this is the kind of thinking we can expect from idiots like Eric Bolling and company over at Fox News. As I see it, this is why racism will never die; yes, when ignorance enables ignorance everybody loses.

This is what the school district superintendent had to say:

SAISD has received a number of responses related to the incident last weekend at the Edison- Alamo Heights basketball game, both critical and in support.  We very much appreciate the response from Alamo Heights High School – their coach and one of their administrators quickly put a stop to chants from some of their students after the game.

Some question why a chant of “USA” is wrong. It is not wrong in the appropriate context. Often it is heard at international events in support of our country versus another.  If this chant was commonplace – chanted regularly at games with other high schools – it would not be an issue. In this case, it was targeted at a school that is predominantly Hispanic. 

Unfortunately, this is not the first time we have had this experience. A similar incident occurred last year with one of our schools and another school district where their students chanted “USA USA” and “Arizona Arizona,” around the time that there was heated discussion about the immigration law in that state.   

That previous experience played a role in our decision to file an incident report with UIL.

“It is normal practice to file a report when issues occur during or after an athletic event. We have a responsibility to our students, parents and the SAISD community to follow up,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. Sylvester Perez.

We have full respect for how the Alamo Heights school district has handled this incident. The issue has been addressed and both Districts have responded. SAISD does not want to exacerbate this issue. The Edison High School principal has announced to his students and staff that the school is moving forward, and looks toward building on the good relationship between the schools.

Check out how they managed to squeeze food stamps and entitlements into the conversation:

So you tell me: do you see the chants of “U0S-A, U-S-A,” at this particular game racially offensive? I mean, so what somebody may have gotten their feelings hurt; there’s nothing racist about the “other-ing” of a minority group by dominant culture, right? Besides, like Bolling said above, there’s a strong chance that the Latino kids who played in the game were “illegals.” As such, what’s the big deal about some kids being, well, kids? Heck, it’s not like they burned crosses or called them “wetbacks,” or any other racial pejorative. Yep, what’s wrong with some national pride? I swear, you minorities and your racial over-sensitivity kill me. What’s next, the national anthem is racist?

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Published on: March 8, 2012

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  • http://heavyarmor.wordpress.com Heavy Armor

    Yet another reminder of the adage.

    Real American = White.

    If you are a Person of Color born in America, you are only cheered for if there is no other choice.  If you play against a White European, they will bestow that person with Honorary American Whiteness and actively root against you.  Just look at Kim Clijsters vs. Serena Williams OR Dirk Nowitski (and the Mavs) vs. LeBron James (and the Heat) – and how both have been portrayed by the greater media.

    Because the same attitude is at play here.

    • EnoughInsanityForALifetime

      Or more correctly Racism=Anti-White.    Were not the kids from San Antonio also living in the USA? If they were born here aren’t they citizens of the USA? And if they are immigrants that get offended by someone sayin USA why did they come to the USA?  This IS the USA and it is ridiculous that we now have to be careful and not display the American Flag on Mexican Holidays in the USA. If we say we are proud Americans at a time that is seen inconvienant to those who apparantly are not proud of being American so much that they take offense at Americans in the USA chanting USA then this country has let liberalism and race baiting drive it off a cliff.   As far as racism – GTFO with that nonsense.    You want to know why no one takes people like you seriously? Its’ not because of your skin color. It’s because you are insane.   America – Love it or leave it.  Be part of it and own problems to help us all become better, but if you are nothing but a bloodsucking leech fingerpointing racebaiting excuse making hate monger, why just go back to the wonderful place you came from. 

      • http://heavyarmor.wordpress.com Heavy Armor

        More White Victimology.

        You still haven’t answered the basic question:

        Why did the WHITE Alamo Heights students started chanting “U-S-A!” to AMERICAN CITIZENS of Latino descent during a basketball game?

        Also:

        “This IS the USA and it is ridiculous that we now have to be careful and
        not display the American Flag on Mexican Holidays in the USA.”

        This statement is depth-chargingly stupid that I ROFL’d for 2 minutes.

        Explain to me this:

        Outside of tributes to the US Military, WHERE ARE THE SAME CALLS FOR THIS KIND OF AMERICAN FLAG WAVING DURING SO-CALLED AMERICAN HOLIDAYS ON THIS LEVEL?  DO WE SEE THESE FOR IRISH or ITALIAN HOLIDAYS, EVEN AS THOSE FLAGS ARE FLOWN FREELY?

        “Be part of it and own problems to help us all become better, but if you
        are nothing but a bloodsucking leech fingerpointing racebaiting excuse
        making hate monger, why just go back to the wonderful place you came
        from.”

        And we keep coming back to same things I said before.  To you Real American = White.  You rail against “Liberals.”  You talk about “Lazy Latinos (and probably Blacks, too).”  You talk about NOT BEING ABLE TO FLY THE AMERICAN FLAG DURING CELEBRATIONS OF NON-WHITE CULTURES.  Why would you need to do that, anyhow?

        And you talk about “not being inclusive.”  What are you being “excluded from?”  You are railing against AMERICAN CITIZENS, attending an AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL, because WHITES LIKE YOU attempt to paint them as UNAMERICAN.

        I really don’t care if you don’t take me seriously.  You, sir, represent the ugliest of American behavior; behavior which is no longer tolerated or wanted.  Your sense of White Entitlement wrapped up in the American Flag is reprehensible – and your so-called Patriotism is wrapped up in skin color.

        So bigoted, and yet, so shallow.

        • Anonymous

          If you are born in America, you are an American. My family came to America, I do not know from where, but I am an American. I owe allegiance to my country, America. You don’t have to forget where you came from; just STOP disrespecting the country YOU belong to. Drop the BS. Stop playing the “race” card when you don’t get a “warm and fuzzy”. All Americans came from another country at one time or another. All of those high school kids were Americans. We have black yellow red and every other color Americans. Be proud that YOU live in America, where YOU can voice your opinions. Stop looking for ways to divide us. I have respect for all people; color has NOTHING to do with it. America = black, yellow red, brown and white. United we stand, divided we fall.

          • http://heavyarmor.wordpress.com Heavy Armor

            Wow, so many words, yet you say nothing.

            Because, in the end, you NEVER ANSWERED THE SIMPLE QUESTION:

            Why did the WHITE Alamo Heights students started chanting “U-S-A!” to
            AMERICAN CITIZENS of Latino descent during a basketball game?

            Do you know why the coach and the administrator from Alamo Heights stopped the chant?

            BECAUSE THE STUDENTS OF ALAMO HEIGHTS DID NOT CHANT “U-S-A!” AT ANY SCHOOL WHERE THEY PLAYED AGAINST NON-LATINO STUDENTS.

            Please, spare us all your so-called “American Melting Pot” nonsense.;  If you want to stand up and defend the Alamo Heights students actions – THEN ANSWER THE QUESTION.

            It’s really simple.

          • Anonymous

            I am not trying to support the students of Alamo Heights. I am speaking out agenst your anti white man ways. It is only in your head that “Real American = White”. You are keeping the “hate” alive. Yes there are some who think the same, but I believe that the majority of Americans do not. Stop playing the “victim”, the “angry black man”. You are racist, just as much as you calm white people are. I am not a racist. I believe everyone can get along. We should not be judged by the color of our skin but by the content of our character .By the way there are no white music awards, no white history month, no National Association for the advancement of white people, no white entertainment network.  I’m sure that if there were, the “racist” card would be played. But no, no one comments on “black only” events. Think about that. I do not hate you. I do hope you could find peace of mind and stop being so angry, you’ll give yourself a hart attack. Build a bridge.

          • http://heavyarmor.wordpress.com Heavy Armor

            You can’t even get your complaints straight:

            First you say:

            “By the way there are no white music awards, no white history month, no
            National Association for the advancement of white people, no white
            entertainment network.”

            Which, by the way, is a very common refrain by WHITE people when People of Color call you out on your bigotry.

            Then, in the very same comment, you say this:

            “But no, no one comments on “black only” events.”

            What “Black Only” Events do you (or other Whites) not comment on?

            The rest of your comment is standard White Victimhood 101, straight from the Reagan Administration on forwards.

            You need better jokes. Your punchline is even more stale than a Seinfeld episode.

    • Anonymous

      Sorry, The greater media dose NOT in any way represent the American people. Look at the liberal bias.

      • http://heavyarmor.wordpress.com Heavy Armor

        An empty 30 year old slogan once started by the acolytes of Ronald Reagan as your response?  That’s it?

        No one outside of regular viewers of Fox News complain of “Liberal Bias” in the media.

        What’s next?  Complaints of George Soros, Rachel Maddow, Michael Moore, Al Sharpton, or some other name that Fox News complains about being in command of the media?

        Please update your playbook.

        • Anonymous

           The ownership of said media is in control of the media. The owners are of the Liberal mentality. Thus, Liberal bias. I see it on the three leading networks. I see it on CNN. I saw CBS, at the time Katie Curic try her best to berate a republican supporter who spoke out agenst Obama. You berate Fox news because you hear things you do not like. You like to keep thinking that the white man wants to keep you down. You try to sound high and mighty. You sir sound angry, you should work on that. I am a white man. I do NOT hate anyone not of the same color I do believe that some people have an agenda to promote hate in this country. It seems to me that you fall into that group.

          • http://heavyarmor.wordpress.com Heavy Armor

            Right.

            So the “Liberal Media” is responsible for those WHITE Alamo Heights students chanting “U-S-A!” to AMERICAN CITIZENS of Latino descent during a basketball game?

            So, the Liberal Media is responsible for your racist attitudes?

            “I see it on CNN. I saw CBS, at the time Katie Curic try her best to
            berate a republican supporter who spoke out agenst Obama. You berate Fox
            news because you hear things you do not like.”

            Which “Republican Supporter Who Spoke Out Against Obama” are you talking about?  And what does this have to do with the inappropriate “U-S-A!” chant to Latino Americans?

            “You like to keep thinking that the white man wants to keep you down.”

            Only bigots trying their hardest to ignore their privilege or people ignorant of American history spout this line.  Which one are you?

            “I am a white man.”

            You want a medal for that?

            “I do NOT hate anyone not of the same color I do believe that some people have an agenda to promote hate in this country.”

            And yet you rant about the Liberal Media, Angry Blacks, “The Race Card,” Latinos, Katie Couric, Race Victims, and the like.  And then you cry about being a victim when any of them speak up.

            AND YOU STILL HAVEN’T ANSWERED THE QUESTION.

          • Anonymous

             Did you do drugs as a younger man? You sound a little screwed up. You are nothing but a hate filled bag of bones. And your comments are nothing but BLACK victimization 101. Get over it. You are not worthy of any more of my time. Have a good life.  

          • http://heavyarmor.wordpress.com Heavy Armor

            Wow, talk about an arrogant goodbye.

            A small reminder:

            This is the Internet.  No one is going to miss you.  No one cares when you leave.

            And, by the way, it’s funny that you spend so much time railing about Black People in an article that had NOTHING TO DO WITH BLACK PEOPLE WHATSOEVER.

            You can’t even stay on the topic at hand, much less have any discussion concerning it.

            You huffed and puffed.

            The house still stands.

            And you never answered the question.

            Go fish.

  • ArribaRoberto

    I agree that the USA chant was out of line and that the kids doing it should have been taught a lesson regarding respect for others. A few years ago, in Pittsburgh, I was attending a high school basketball game which pitted a predominantly Euro-American private school against a predominantly African American school.  When it was apparent that the latter would win, the private school students began to chant “CCAC, CCAC” referring to the Community College of Allegheny County, a Pittsburgh CC.  The implication was that the African American students were headed there, whereas the private school students were off to “good” colleges.  I thought that this too was out of line, but nothing was said or reported in the media.

    By the way, what about REALLY major issues, like all of the African American unborn children killed by Planned Parenthood and other abortion mills.  All of I hear is deafening silence from major African American leaders and organizations.  Over 53 million innocent, “inconvenient” unborn children “terminated” since Roe v. Wade (a disproportionate percentage of whom were minorities and half of whom were females) and the feminists and mainstream African American leaders are silent.  Face it people, the U.S. does not want any more African American babies around than it has to have around.  This is eugenics a la the Nazis.

    While this basketball issue is deplorable and those involved indeed should be reprimanded, there is at the same time a lot of hypocrisy evident.  Snuffing out the lives of African American and Latino babies (and their potential descendants) doesn’t matter.  Our priorities are wrong when we place hurtful and racist taunts above the wholesale slaughter of our children. 

    • http://heavyarmor.wordpress.com Heavy Armor

      And you started out so well.

      Then you wrote this:

      “By the way, what about REALLY major issues, like all of the African
      American unborn children killed by Planned Parenthood and other abortion
      mills.  All of I hear is deafening silence from major African American
      leaders and organizations.  Over 53 million innocent, “inconvenient”
      unborn children “terminated” since Roe v. Wade…”

      And if you can reference a source that does not involve:

       – So-called Pro-Life Organizations who use this as an excuse to deny women and couples pre-pregnancy counseling, pregnancy services, and prenatal care (Failing any of those, slut-shaming women who do);
      – Stormfront-type sites;
      – Ron Paul-style Libertarian excuses for Christian Dominionism; OR
      – Any reference to Alveda King using her late uncle’s fame to advance her bigotry;

      It would be much appreciated.

      Thank you.

      • Dokb13

        ….so it’s not happening? There are not thousands of Black babies being aborted? 

        • http://heavyarmor.wordpress.com Heavy Armor

          Arriba made the charge, Dokb13.  Apparently, you agree with him/her.

          I’m calling for evidence that can be evaluated.

          If this is indeed happening on the scale that you and Arriba allege, the evidence should be easy to obtain on some level.

          WHERE IS IT?

      • MargaretLovesYou

        Abortion is good. Margaret Sanger had it right. Kill them all, kill them now, kill them before they grow up live off the teat of the very people they hate. Increase funding to planned parenthood – do it now!!.

        • http://heavyarmor.wordpress.com Heavy Armor

          More hyperbole.

          And no presentation of evidence.

          Yet, this is your response to the call for said evidence.

          Basically:

          YOU DON’T HAVE ANY!

          Would this be accurate?

  • http://www.facebook.com/TerryAshwill Terrence Ashwill

    Frankly, kids will be kids and they will do things that aren’t PC.  On the other hand they are just being honest, something most productive white people have had beaten out of them long ago by an overly PC and affirmative action centered society.

    It is easy for us to sit back and wag our fingers at them but the reality is that these kids probably have more experience with illegal immigration and its ills than most of the NYC liberals who condemn them.  Maybe the federal government should just sack up and enforce existing immigration laws. 

    PS I bet at least one of those kids on the “hispanic” team isn’t a citizen.

    • http://heavyarmor.wordpress.com Heavy Armor

      You got proof?  Then call ICE and tell them.

      Or are you one of these clowns that look at non-White people and immediately insinuate that they aren’t citizens?

      And, by the way, you wrote this:

      “On the other hand they are just being honest, something most productive
      white people have had beaten out of them long ago by an overly PC and
      affirmative action centered society.”

      What in the Blue Hades does this crap even mean?

      Even if we take your statement at face value, what exactly does shouting “U-S-A!” to other American citizens do to ‘make things right?’

      Then you wrote this:

      “It is easy for us to sit back and wag our fingers at them but the
      reality is that these kids probably have more experience with illegal
      immigration and its ills than most of the NYC liberals who condemn them.”

      And so, a bunch of White teenagers expressing their bigotry to FELLOW AMERICAN CITIZENS is going to make them fell better.

      It must be nice to have such a narrow worldview.  Too bad the reality – and the facts of this incident – are far different.

  • http://lets-be-clear.blogspot.com/ Deb

    “maybe they take that whole “remember the Alamo,” thing pretty seriously; maybe it wasn’t meant to be racial”

    Rippa, I’m here, and:  1) yes they do and 2) yes it was.  What blows my mind about this place, is that many of my brown brothers here, believe they are truly accepted by the Alamo Heights crowd (here’s a link from the local news when this happened – Please, DO read the comments after the piece.  They certainly give a flavor of the environment here in the belly of the beast:  http://www.kens5.com/home/Ethnic-taunting-mars-Alamo-Heights-postgame-celebration-141646503.html

    I’ve got nothing for Juan, but he has a point – “Isn’t that what they’re teaching??”

    Let me just say that to date, I’m lovin’ Heavy Armor’s comments.  So on point, I could just – smile broadly.

    As for the others, I’ll just ignore ArribaRoberto (since Heavy Armor’s handled him/her quite nicely).  As for Terrence’s, “PS I bet at least one of those kids on the “hispanic” team isn’t a citizen.  Just confirms that, “When people show themselves to you the first time, you better believe them.”  Think it was Ms. Angelou who said it, but I’m not 100% sure.

    • Dokb13

      Maya Angelou was a former Madam- exploitation of her own was certainly not a problem for her. Not sure you want to use MA as an example of altruism. 

      • http://lets-be-clear.blogspot.com/ Deb

        Altruism?  The quote had nothing to do with altruism. {smdh} 

    • WeDontNeedNoStinkinBadges

      Just confirms that, “When people show themselves to you the first time, you better believe them.”   So my takeaway from this is those kids who were offended someone was shouting USA are anti american and will never assimilate.    ID please.

      • http://heavyarmor.wordpress.com Heavy Armor

        So then the Superintendent, in saying this:

        “Some question why a chant of “USA” is wrong. It is not wrong in
        the appropriate context. Often it is heard at international events in
        support of our country versus another.  If this chant was commonplace –
        chanted regularly at games with other high schools – it would not be an
        issue. In this case, it was targeted at a school that is predominantly
        Hispanic.”

        Is Anti-American?

        Thanks for confirming what I said in the first comment.

        In your eyes, Real American=White.

        There was no reason for the “U-S-A!” chant at all during the game.  The AH school coach and Admin stopped the chant for the same reason.

        Are all apologists this shallow?

  • Anonymous

     If you are offended by USA you can GET OUT. So we Americans cannot be proud in our own country? This is so much more than outrageous. The” race” card is at it again. If anything this is a racist reaction agents
     proud Americans. America is all inclusive, white black yellow red, if YOU are an American be proud of it, or GET OUT.

    • http://heavyarmor.wordpress.com Heavy Armor

      Then why were the Alamo Heights kids chanting “U-S-A!” at students of Latino descent?  The AH chant was not one of solidarity with fellow US citizens, BUT ONE THAT WAS DESIGNED TO INTIMIDATE the Latino-American students by insinuating that they were ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

      The U-S-A chant at the Alamo Heights game was not about bringing diverse peoples together.

      This is why your argument fails.

      • Anonymous

        “The U-S-A chant at the Alamo Heights game was not about bringing diverse peoples together.”

        Neither is the other team and students chanting “Alamo Heights – all white.”

        • http://heavyarmor.wordpress.com Heavy Armor

          Corroboration by reporting incident to administration when it happened would have helped.  Otherwise, this after-the-fact “The [Latinos] Did it to Us” is just the usual complaining when People of Color step forward about being victims of bigotry.

  • Dokb13

    High Schools kids at Alamo Heights are greeted with chants of “Alamo WHITES” anytime they are on the road. Nobody at AH will getting scholarships unless they are in the top 1%, but their families will pay for 100% of them.  Maybe that will help you understand why the 16 year olds did what they did. 

    • http://heavyarmor.wordpress.com Heavy Armor

      Dokb13,

      And this has to do with the story…how?

      It seems that anytime people of color are victimized by White Racism, White Privilege, or Bigotry by White People, there is someone like you that shows up with a story of how these same White People are victimized by other people of color.

      In come the charges of Reverse Racism OR “The [Blacks] Do the Same Things as Whites and Get Away With It.”  It’s the same set of stories each time.  With no proof, no links, no documentation – and the same excuses as to why there is none.

      The Superintendent of the District, however, said this about the incident:

      “…Unfortunately, this is not the first time we have had this
      experience. A similar incident occurred last year with one of our
      schools and another school district where their students chanted “USA
      USA” and “Arizona Arizona,” around the time that there was heated
      discussion about the immigration law in that state.”

      ALSO – this happened:

      “We very much appreciate the response from Alamo Heights High
      School – their coach and one of their administrators quickly put a stop
      to chants from some of their students after the game.”

      The coach and the admin KNEW it was wrong – and did something about it.

      And if you read the blog post OR the link, you would have known that.

      Instead, you employ the Lemming Defense.

      Sad, really.

    • Andoo25

      I agree if they chant Alamo Whites its racial and equally devicive. I appreciate your honesty in seeing the USA chant probably had racial motivation. What suprises me is that others cant see it and claim “now you cant show patriotism” or that the USA chant was a patriotic celebration. It must also be noted that many of the kids may have joined in not realising the chant was likely stated to ridicule the other school. 

  • http://rippdemup.com/ RiPPa

    Just scanning these comments, there’s a whole lot of ignorance up in here.

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t the opposing team and students start it by chanting “Alamo Heights – all white.”? Isn’t that a bit racist? Did the lame-stream far left media report that?

    • http://heavyarmor.wordpress.com Heavy Armor

      Funny,

      In neither statement issued by AHISD nor SAISD even mention “Alamo Whites.”

      The ‘responsible adults’ (the coaches, the superintendents, the administrators) never mention “Alamo Whites.”  These so-called ‘facts’ are only surfacing as after-the-fact accusations, with few people actually attesting to them.

      Indeed, the AHISD breaks to the point here:

      “…However, cheering for our country should be done for patriotic reasons, not to offend other Americans. This was a sporting event between neighboring schools. It was not an international competition. We were competing against Edison High School, a school a few miles away with a primarily Hispanic student body.”

      Your post is just the same Lemming Defense Dobk13 employed.