Iowa High School Kids Attacked for 'BLATANT Racism' of Wearing Red, White, and Blue
Students from one Iowa high school apologized to the principal of a rival school after spectators at a basketball game found the red, white, and blue attire of fans offensive.
"This is an example of BLATANT racism," Ty Leggett, an alumnus of Valley High School, said on the school's Facebook page. Valley High School fans reportedly dressed in red, white, and blue for a game last Wednesday against Des Moines North High School, whose basketball team includes players from refugee families, The College Fix reported.
"ALL participating should have been pulled and banned from ALL VHS extracurricular events for the remainder of the year!" Leggett's declared in his post. "As a parent, I'd be mortified that my son or daughter thought this way, acted in this fashion and refrained from taking a stand against this 21st century inexcusable behavior!"
Erin Ness Carter, a mother living in the school district, remarked that "for the supporters of one team from a primarily white part of town to paint themselves as the 'team of the USA' it strongly implies that the other team, the less white team, is less American."
Many commenting on Facebook were offended at the very idea that the American flag colors could be offensive. "This country is the United States of America and our country colors are red, white, and blue no matter what color of skin you have or what race you are," current Valley High student Mallorie Paige Sander, commented. "The intentions to offend anyone by wearing USA themed clothing was no where in the thoughts of our student body, why would it be? We all live in America."
"We had a USA theme, which we've done many times in the past," Valley freshman Dayna Dunnwald told KCCI Des Moines. "It's really sad, and I hope everyone can resolve it in the end because no one at Valley meant it that way. And it was just for fun."
One coach for the other team disagreed. "Any normal person, any educated person can look at that and think what the hell are these kids thinking," Morgan Wheat, assistant coach of the Des Moines North basketball team, told WHO-TV.com. "Kids are kids, I get it, but I do have questions. I want to know why."
The head coach, Chad Ryan, backed away from questioning the Valley High students' motives. "I don't want to judge those young people not knowing their motives," Ryan told The Des Moines Register. "What I will say is we're proud of our diversity at North High School — not only on our basketball team, but our population."
Even if the Valley High students often dressed in red, white, and blue, some said they should have reconsidered for the game against Des Moines North. "A lot of people were very upset about it," DeNasja Spencer, a sophomore at Des Moines North, told KCCI. "Even if that was their theme for the game, I feel like they should have switched that because everyone knows North is a more diverse school."