July 26, 2021
Re: Cathedral Catholic and Players Must Do More
The NAACP San Diego Branch is concerned that the Cathedral Catholic High School student is featured in promotional material for the Honor Bowl in September while LHS players have received no apology.
The Catholics vs. Convicts T-Shirt incident has seen little progress since the San Diego City Conference imposed inadequate and clearly inequitable sanctions on Cathedral Catholic High School for the racist Facebook post and gang display before its game with Lincoln High School.
As the San Diego Union-Tribune reported, the CCHS principal apologized to the LHS principal. However, CCHS coaches and players have not directly apologized to the LHS football team. Plans are in place to begin restorative training at the end of this month. Reportedly, there was a meeting of the players, but CCHS made no apology for the racist behavior and acceptance of that behavior.
While a few steps have been taken forward, CCHS has taken actions that call into question that it actually appreciates just how grossly offensive and racist the t-shirt incident was. Now, the student who posted the racist photo in Facebook is featured in a flyer advertising the upcoming Honor Bowl game between CCHS and Chaminade HS in September. At best, this shows a tone deafness of major proportions. From where the NAACP San Diego Branch sits, this latest incident compounds the offensive behavior by highlighting the major offender as an exemplary player and apparently dismissing the offense even though he has not demonstrated any regret or remorse. The player and CCHS owe the Lincoln HS community an apology that clearly demonstrates an understanding of the hurt they caused.
The NAACP San Diego Branch is also disappointed that the California Interscholastic Federation notified the Branch by phone it will not respond to the request for a reopening of the CCHS case because Coronado School District is appealing the sanctions for it own racist behavior at a recent championship basketball game. The Branch had requested a review of the grossly disparate sanctions for the two separate incidents.
The Lincoln High School community deserves justice for the racist behavior it suffered. Cathedral Catholic High School and CIF must take restorative steps to begin the healing this community deserves.
Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch
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