The Florin Chapter of the Japanese American Citizenship League is demanding accountability in the wake of a racist incident at a girl’s high school basketball game in Sacramento between McClatchy and Oak Ridge.
In a letter published in Rafu Shimpo from the Florin JACL and sent to the El Dorado Union High School District in Placerville, the group demanded holding the students responsible accountable, a public apology from those students, the establishment of a clear policy to deal with racist and bullying slurs, diversity training in the schools, and a full reporting to the public of actions taken by the school district to deal with the problem.
“Numerous comments widely reported, including organized chants against the McClatchy team by Oak Ridge High students, included “soy sauce,” “small eyes,” “Go back to Fiji,” “Outback Steakhouse,” “You’re ugly,” and “You’re fat,” the letter stated. “These create a hostile racist and bullying (body -shaming) environment. Our children deserve to learn and grow in a safe environment, not one like this.
“We are proud of the McClatchy team for staying focused, enduring, and speaking up against this mistreatment. Beyond their formidable athletic abilities, they display the sportsmanship and civility that are examples for us all.”
The district has issued an apology and the Oak Ridge High Ozone cheering section recently released its own letter apologizing. Florin JACL called that a “good first step.”
You can read the full letter in Rafu Shimpo.