Listen To An NCAA Tournament Team’s Band Use A Racist Chant Against An Opposing Team’s Player
Over the course of the last few months, there have been a number of racist chants used during high school basketball games. They were wrong. And they were disgusting. But they were done by high school kids. So when we heard about them happening, we’ve simply crossed our fingers and prayed to God that the kids using the chants were using them because they’re young, stupid, wildly immature, and plain old ignorant. We couldn’t believe our ears when we heard them. But we also weren’t naive enough to believe that stuff like that doesn’t happen all the time during high school athletics. We’re more surprised about the fact that the adults in charge of those kids didn’t do more to stop them from using racist chants in the first place. It’s their job to teach those kids.
However, what we heard at the start of the 2012 NCAA Tournament was downright just wrong. Now, don’t get it twisted: We’re not particularly surprised that stuff like this goes on during sporting events on the college level. People in the crowd are constantly saying and doing whatever they can to distract the opposing team. However, you also have to keep in mind that this wasn’t just some random fans. This was the Southern Mississippi band using a racist chant to try and distract Kansas State point guard Angel Rodriguez, who just so happens to be a native of Puerto Rico. To try and get under his skin, they chanted, “Where’s your green card?” at him while he shot free throws. It died down pretty quickly—we’re hoping someone shot a dirty look in their direction—but it happened nonetheless and cast a dark cloud over the entire Southern Miss program, despite the fact that none of the student-athletes had anything to do with it. It was, in a word, awful.
We hope that more of this doesn’t go on at the college level. Though, after hearing this, we fear it does. So, we just want more people to be aware of the fact that these racist chants are not funny, appropriate, or necessary. There are thousands of things you can say or do to distract a player on the floor. So, why resort to blatant racism to do it? Especially when you’re representing not just yourself but your school as well.
We’re glad Southern Miss got knocked out of the tournament already, if for no other reason than that we won’t have to hear any chants like this again. And we hope that no other tournament teams are engaging in this kind of March Madness.