By Jonathan Walsh
By Jonathan Walsh
Rabat – High school students in Indiana and Iowa in the United States have been accused of racism after their fans hurled abuse at their Latino opponents.
The two separate incidents at high school basketball games, which are seemingly identical, took place over the same week, and highlight the racism made commonplace in the US by Republican candidate Donald Trump.
In the first situation, students of Andrean High School in Indiana – a private school that has an annual tuition cost of $8,600 – prepared placards reading ‘ESPN Deportes’ for their opponents, who were predominantly of Latino origin.
During the game, shouts of “Build a wall, build a wall” were heard, in direct reference to Donald Trump’s proposals to build a wall across the US-Mexico border and deport millions of migrants of Mexican descent.
In response, students from Bishop Noll, who won the match, shouted “You’re a Racist!”
“I understand they’re kids. You expect them to make mistakes,” said Ashley Howard, a fan at the game in an interview with ABC7.
“Maybe they didn’t know how far to push the envelope because they are rival schools, but that’s what the administration is for and that’s where the administration is supposed to step in and say, ‘hey kids, that’s not ok.’”
In a remarkably similar incident in Iowa, students of the predominantly white Dallas Center-Grimes High School resorted to chanting “Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump” at their opponents following their defeat to a team of Latino children.
Despite their coach’s confirmation that all of students were American-born citizens, many believe it is worrying that such tactics of racial intimidation could be employed at a high school basketball match.