“Unfortunately a member of the community brought and distributed the tortillas which are inherently unacceptable and racist he wrote. I do not condone this behaviour. Coronado High School does not condone this behavior and is already taking appropriate action.”
California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez said Coronado High School “should be subject to sanctions” by the California Interscholastic Association, the state’s governing body for high school sports, “or be stripped of the championship.”
“We must have a global condemnation of this activity,” she said He said on Twitter. She added that San Diego County parents “know that racial taunts against Latino athletes are very common.”
“It’s time to stop it,” she said.
Nora VargasThe behavior was “unacceptable and reprehensible,” the San Diego County Superintendent said, adding that “the adults in the room need to do a better job and better educate their children/athletes.”
In an email, the International Association of Schools in California said it “prohibits discrimination or other disrespectful or degrading actions toward a member school, student-athlete, or school community.” The organization said it was working with the two school districts to address the issue.
at Press Conference Outside Coronado High School on Tuesday, activists said tortilla throwing was racist and called on the students, staff and coaches involved to discipline them. People were holding signs, including a yellow banner with a picture of tortillas and a message that said, “My mom taught me how to make them, not toss them.”
“It was outright racism and hate,” said Enrique Morones, executive director of Gente Unida, a nonprofit that provides services to immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border. He said what happened on Saturday was “totally unacceptable”.
“Hate is not welcome on this island or anywhere else, and we have to stand up to this hate,” he said.