News 8 is honoring the NAACP San Diego’s 100th anniversary and its efforts to pursue racial justice and equality in our community. The NAACP is committed to mentoring our county’s next generation of innovators through its technology camp. Students at Bell Middle School showcased a robot that packs a suitcase and the app that programs its every move.
We were recently approached by Supervisor Cox, who wanted to honor the Branch on its 100th Anniversary. At our October 3rd General Membership Meeting, we voted to decline the honor, due to longstanding issues with the Board of Supervisors treatment of African-Americans and other people of color, including the essentially broken CLERB, the resolution opposing AB-392, their failure to adequately address the housing crisis and other issues of interest to our Membership.
We plan instead to present a letter to the Board, outlining our complaints over their actions and policies.
However, we are aware that only a small part of our Membership is able to attend the General Membership Meetings, and we want to give everyone an opportunity to make their concerns known.
So, please, if you have been treated poorly by the County of San Diego, we’d like to hear from you. To get started, please click on one of the County’s functions below and let us know what issues you’ve had (and if you’ve had good experiences, tell us that, too):
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:
Institute a program of implicit bias training for all their athletics staff, including coaches and administrators.
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.
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.
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
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:
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!
Join the ACT-SO crew with a visit to Black Xpression, an open mic opportunity that appeals to the Black Community. With ACT-SO we have seen the works of various teen artists to include poets, singers, musicians and more. We invite you all to uplift our competitors that are brave enough to perform their work at this venue!
Student attendees will receive $5 credit toward food purchased at the event.
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.