“When I see this story I’m just overwhelmed by a sadness. These are young people who were obviously influenced by their parents to be this way.” – Chip Franklin, KGO810 Host
The growing division in the United States has seeped into the everyday activities of life at an alarming pace since Trump announced his intention of becoming president. A new unsettling story out of Orange County is shedding a light on just how far the ugly phenomenon reaches.
Students of Aliso Niguel, a predominantly white high school, are being accused of racism after bringing posters that displayed messages like “We Love White” and “Build a Wall” to a football game against Santa Ana High School, which boasts a near 99 percent latino population.
The news exploded on social media after the principle of the latter, Jeff Bishop, took to Facebook to vent his frustration over the situation and commend his players for achieving a victory in spite of the atmosphere.
“It would have been easy to blame the racist welcome the ‘Saints’ received as they walked into the stadium and read the posters referencing — Trump, ‘We love White,’ ‘Build the Wall’ and various other politically and racially-charged statements,” he wrote, in part, in his post. “What I love about OUR coach is that at no time did he allow this unchristian hate from the Wolverine stands affect HIS team.”
In his lengthy note, he also described being unable to ignore chants of “U-S-A” erupting after the first two touchdowns, which ultimately spurred him to launch into action and speak to Aliso Niguel’s principle, Deni Christensen, about the issue.
Christensen declined to be interview, but told the Orange County Register the patriotic flag theme was intended to honor the anniversary of 9/11. She admitted her staff removed three signs which were inscribed with the phrases “We’re going to Trump you,” “Trump 2020” and “Bring back Obama,” but was clear they did not spot the “Build the Wall” sentiment. In a statement to CBSLA Christensen alluded to the fact the “We Love White” sign had been misinterpreted.
“[Bishop] reported that his students and fans had seen the sign referencing President Trump before the game, and a sign that said ‘We love red, we love white, we love blue,’ along with our students arriving dressed in red, white and blue, and he felt that the entire atmosphere was inhospitable to his school and community,” Christensen said.
Host Chip Franklin and Nikki Medoro tackled the topic in an on-air segment. Their conversation included a debate on what falls under free speech and what would cause young people to act out in such a volatile way. Listen below!