Iowa’s Valley High School basketball team defeated the Des Moines North High School basketball team in a 57-55 victory.
However, many of the attendees’ focus was not on the game itself, but, rather, on the fans in the stands supporting Valley High.
Reportedly, the supporters chose to wear red, white, and blue attire, which representatives of Des Moines North High School deemed as offensive and racist.
Des Moines North High School is known for its expanding refugee population, so when students of Valley High School chose to wear American-themed apparel as they have in the past, parents and administrators demanded an apology from the predominantly-white community.
Ty Leggett, a Valley High School alum, took to Facebook to vent his resentment of the displayed patriotism:
“This is an example of BLATANT racism. ALL participating should have been pulled and banned from ALL VHS extracurricular events for the remainder of the year! 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!”
A mother of a student at Des Moines North High School also took to the social media platform to voice her opinion:
“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.”
Even the assistant coach from Des Moines North High School, Morgan Wheat had a grievance over the act of wearing flag-colored attire, stating, “Any normal person, any educated person can look at that and think what the hell are these kids thinking. Kids are kids, I get it, but I do have questions. I want to know why.”
Head coach Chad Ryan was more hesitant in outwardly labeling the Valley High fans as insensitive and racially-charged in his own statement:
“I don’t want to judge those young people not knowing their motives. What I will say is we’re proud of our diversity at North High School — not only on our basketball team, but our population. It’s been good for us, as a school. They learn from each other about people with different cultures and backgrounds — and we try to use it as an educational piece.”
Following the backlash after the game, students at Valley High penned a letter to the principal of Des Moines North apologizing for their choice to wear American-themed clothing:
“We are deeply sorry if we have offended anyone in any way. We have traditionally dressed in such a fashion for great games such as the one last night. Everyone here at Valley has immense respect not only for your team and players but for your community as a whole. Please know that our intent was in no way to offend or demean—just to support our own team in a way we have done before.”
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H/T: Daily Caller
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