Southern California HS football game sparks race debate, fans asked to stop singing ‘of the USA! United states!’

A high school coach in Orange County, California., said that his team are confronted with racist signs, chants during a football game.

(Santa Ana Unified School District)

Orange County high school principal claimed that his school football team faced with racist posters and chants on Friday during a game, that was in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Jeff Bishop, the principal of Santa Ana high School, told The Los Angeles Times that his school, the players will be faced insensitive signs that, “the Building of the wall.”

His school has a student body that is almost 99 percent Latino, according to the report, and he claimed in a Facebook post that his team were “racist welcome.”

The Orange County Register reported that the Bishop later admitted that he could not clearly see that some of the signs but said: “there was something about Trump. That alone made me think, ‘What is this, a football game or a political rally?”

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Deni Christensen, the principal of Aliso Niguel, said two signs were removed, that read, “We’re going to Trump you,” and “Bring back Obama.” They said that they do not see the wall signs.

Christensen told CBSLA that the Bishop approached Aliso Niguel the sidelines after the first quarter, “reported that his students and fans had seen the character refer to President Trump for the game, and a sign that said “We love red, we love white, we love blue,” together with our students arriving, dressed in red, white and blue, and he felt that the entire atmosphere was inhospitable to his school and the community.”

Christensen posted late Monday on the school’s Instagram account that she “repeated regret about a perceived lack of respect,” but the assistant principals were in the game and at no time witness of an “overt racism.” They gave a political banner read, “Trump 2020”, which was removed.

“I am deeply saddened that anyone could categorize our students or community as ‘racist’ and I have that very clear. We have nothing but respect for the Santa Ana high School, and all schools.”

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letter from Aliso Niguel High School principal, Mrs. Christensen, the approach of the situation.

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Aliso Niguel, the student body is 56 percent white and about 19 percent of the Latino.

Bishop posted his concerns on Facebook after his school lost 42-21. Fox News reached Bishop on Facebook and not immediately receive a response.

Bishop told the Register that Aliso Niguel fans chanted “USA! USA!” after their team scored the first touchdown.

“They are chanting ‘USA’ as if it were a match against another country, if it is against Germany or against Mexico,” Bishop told the newspaper.

Bishop allegedly threatened to pull the team off the field after the break as the chanting continued.

“I said to her ‘You’re playing Americans. You play ‘Dreamers’ I don’t understand the united states is proud to what if you score. And if I hear it one more time I walk off the field with the team, ” he recalled to The cashier.

He says on Facebook that the conversation seemed to help, and the game “was more about football, sportsmanship and a healthy competition between the two high school football teams.”


Edmund Initiative is a news editor for Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.

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