“Unfortunately, a member of the community brought tortillas and distributed them, which was unacceptable and racist in nature” he wrote. “I do not condone this behavior. Coronado High School does not condone this behavior and is already taking appropriate action. “
Lorena Gonzalez, a member of the California assembly, said Coronado High School “should be sanctioned” by the California Interscholastic Federation, the state’s governing body for high school sports, “or forfeited its championship.”
“We should have universal condemnation of this activity,” she said. said on twitter. Parents in San Diego County, she added, “know that racist taunts against Latino athletes are all too common.”
“It’s time to stop it,” she said.
Nora vargas, a San Diego County supervisor, said the behavior was “unacceptable and objectionable,” adding that “the adults in the hall need to do better and teach their children / athletes better. ”
In an email, the California Interscholastic Federation said it “prohibits discrimination or any disrespectful or demeaning act against a member school, student-athlete or school community.” The organization said it was working with the two school districts to address the issue.
At a press conference outside Coronado High School on Tuesday, activists said the tortilla throwing was racist and called for discipline of the students, staff and coaches involved. People were holding signs, including a yellow one with the image of a tortilla and a message saying, “My mom taught me how to make them, not throw them away.
“It was outright racism and hate,” said Enrique Morones, executive director of Gente Unida, a nonprofit that provides services to immigrants along the US-Mexico border. He said what happened on Saturday was “absolutely unacceptable”.
“Hatred is not welcome on this island or anywhere else,” he said, “and we must stand up to this hatred. “