Racial Harassment Has No Place in High School Athletics

2019-09-16

To:
Chris Carter, San Clemente High School Principal
Kirsten M. Vital, Capistrano Unified School District Superintendent

On the evening of September 13, 2019, the Lincoln High School football team played San Clemente High School at the invitation of San Clemente.  This game was sanctioned by the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), and was subject to its rules and regulations, which mandate respect for all participants.

During the game, multiple spectators heckled the Lincoln players and cheer squad, repeatedly using racial slurs include the “n-word.”  Furthermore, cheer squad members were racially harassed in restrooms, again including the “n-word.” This harassment came not only from high-school-age youth, but also from adult fans.

Four different Lincoln parents appealed to adults in San Clemente gear, attempting to get contact information for San Clemente administrators.  While they were assured that administrative staff would be contacted, they received no response. There was no attempt to correct the situation over the public address system.  The cheer squad, closer to the spectators and therefore in more direct contact with the racists in attendance, were advised to leave the game, and did so.

We are shocked and disgusted that such blatant racism would occur in 2019 at an athletic contest for high school students.  Athletics are part of the educational system, and all of the anti-discrimination law and policy that applies in the classroom applies on the field and on the premises of an athletic contest.  Furthermore, CIF prohibits discrimination and commands respect for all players and personnel.

While we are shocked and disgusted at the harassment itself, we are outraged and the lack of response shown from the San Clemente administration.  You may be sure that we, along with our colleagues in the NAACP Orange County Branch, will be pursuing all avenues to see that this sort of harassment does not occur again.

We call on San Clemente High School and the Capistrano Unified School District to take the following actions:

  1. Institute a program of implicit bias training for all their athletics staff, including coaches and administrators.
  2. Provide an administrative contact to each opposing team who will be responsible for addressing such activity the moment it occurs at any future athletic contest.
  3. An announcement over the public address system at all remaining 2019-2020 athletic contests reaffirming that respect is to be shown to all visiting athletes.

We stand ready to assist with bias training and other resources to improve the attitude and response of the staff of such athletic events.

We are considering further action, including seeking forfeiture of the game and suspension of SCHS from the CIF, as well as filing formal complaints with CUSD, the Equity Office of the California Department of Education, and the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Education.  We also refer you to the August 28th Collins v. Torlakson (Case No. F075781) decision reaffirming our right to pursue remedy in court over incidents such as these.

We invite you to have a serious discussion with us.

Respectfully,

Clovis Honoré, President
NAACP San Diego Branch

Cc:
Stephanie Brown, Lincoln High School Principal
Cindy Marten, San Diego Unified School District Superintendent
Sharon Whitehurst-Payne, San Diego Unified School District Trustee
NAACP Orange County Branch
California Interscholastic Federation

CA-HI State Convention Delegates

California Hawaii Annual State Convention

October 24-27, 2019 – Los Angeles Airport Marriott – Los Angeles, California 90045 CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE YOUR CONVENTION REGISTRATION ONLINE CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND MAIL YOUR CONVENTION REGISTRATION CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE YOUR CONVENTION SPONSORSHIP AND ADVERTISEMENT ORDER ONLINE CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND MAIL YOUR CONVENTION SPONSORSHIP AND ADVERTISEMENT ORDER

The NAACP California-Hawaii State Conference will hold its annual convention from October 25th-27th in Los Angeles.  We are entitled to up to six voting delegates. At our September 5th General Membership Meeting, the following delegates were elected:

Voting Delegates

Alternates

  • Executive Committee Member-at-Large Petrina Branch
  • Executive Committee Member-at-Large Samantha Jenkins
  • Member Lola Olaoye

We also voted to help defray the costs of attending the convention by:

  • Paying the $75 registration fee
  • Paying up to $100 per night for two nights’ lodging
  • Paying $400 toward convention meals

2019 Back-to-School Stay-in-School Rally and Fair was a Huge Success!

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The highlights of the day included:

Parent Advocacy Workshop

Parents not only received information, but shared insights and even felt comfortable sharing personal stories. A veteran received valuable information regarding IEP meetings. One parent was delighted to get information on getting help with her water bill (maybe not–you never know the the City!)

ACT-SO: UV Light

At the Back to School – Stay in School Fair, ACT-SO students lead an interactive science lab reinforcing the importance and demonstrating the effectiveness of both sunblock and melanin as it relates to the harmful rays from the sun. It was a pleasure watching the children think and guess what would happen with each step of the experiment. Having the students in our program take the reins allowed them to lead, teach, and strengthen their interpersonal skills.

This is a fun, quick activity you can do at home with your littles! Directions here!

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We are very grateful for major sponsorship by:

ACT-SO Xpresses its Blackness

8pm – ? October 25, 2019

ACT-SO will once again be visiting the Black Xpression open mic night. Check back for details…

ACT-SO Visits the San Diego Art Institute

12pm – 2pm September 28, 2019

FORGING TERRITORIES features African-American and Latinx members of the LGBTQ community pioneering in a frequently inhospitable land.  It presents artists engaged in cultural storytelling that describes themselves, their friends, and their environments in striking visual ways.

The NAACP had its national convention July this year and unanimously passed three separate resolutions expressing support for and solidarity with LGBTQ Americans. This tour not only offers the opportunity for us to put these resolutions into action but it also provides a unique experience for creative students to find new inspiration for future artwork.

Space is limited; reserve your spot now.

CA-HI State Convention Delegate Election — September 5th!

The NAACP California-Hawaii State Conference will hold its annual convention from October 25th-27th in Los Angeles.  We are entitled to up to six voting delegates, and it is the hope of the Office of the President that we will send a full slate of six delegates, because we believe that it is time for our voices to be heard at the State level.  They spend a lot of time telling us what they the State Officers and Executive Committee Members want, and it’s time for us to tell them what we the people want.

Remember, the State Executive Committee can, by a simple vote, force us to cease to advocate for any position with which they disagree. Unlike our Executive Committee, all the General Memberships in the world can’t change a position that handful of people agree on. It behooves us to make sure those elected take our concerns seriously and that they have outstanding character.

To accomplish this, we need to elect those delegates at our September 5th General Membership Meeting.  To conserve Branch funds, and because the convention is practically in our backyard, we are going to propose that we will pay the registration fee ($75) as well as a $100 per night housing stipend for the nights of the 25th and 26th.  Delegates will be on their own for meals and extra conference activities.

Both the reimbursement plan and the election of delegates will be voted on this coming Thursday night, so please do make it a priority to join us, and don’t be shy about putting your hat in the ring if you’d like to represent your Branch to the State.

ACT-SO Student Observer Program

We’re excited to announce our ACT-SO National Student Observer Program!

As you know, students who win Gold at our Showcase in April get a free ride to ACT-SO National in Boston.  This year we’re looking to bring along up to three more students to accompany our Gold winners.

Student observers will get a chance to travel to Boston with ACT-SO, meet other ACT-SO competitors from across the country, and see what competition at National is like.  We’ll pay their way and make sure they’re safe and have a good time.

How do students earn the chance to go?  By participating in ACT-SO and NAACP events, and by competing in the local Showcase–even if they don’t win it all!  We’ll be rolling out the details soon, but we want you to know that every ACT-SO and NAACP San Diego Branch Event you attend increases your chances to travel to Boston next July!

Photos: 2019 STEM Camp at Bell Middle School

The NAACP San Diego Branch, in conjunction with Hands-On Technology Education, put on a Mobile Technologies STEM Camp at Bell Middle School this summer. Here’s what these kids did on their summer vacation:

We were excited to help students get a taste of what being a mobile technologist is all about!

Our students:

Not pictured: La’Coria, Lysandra, Nicholas and Thomas

We are very thankful to the major sponsors of our camp, SDG&E and Wells Fargo!

Would you like to be part of our future efforts at bringing premium STEM experiences to the underserved? Write [email protected] or donate by clicking below:

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