School ignored ‘soy sauce’ racist ‘cheers’ during girl’s basketball game

A Sacramento father is calling out some El Dorado Hills students for making racist remarks during a girls’ high school basketball game.

Glen Kumamoto posted a video on his Facebook page of a moment during the C.K. McClatchy High School basketball game at Oak Ridge High School on Feb. 25. A player from McClatchy fell out of bounds while attempting to recover the ball. She slid over the baseline and into the bleachers.

At least one Oak Ridge High School fan, according to the post, grabbed the player, seemingly trying to drag her back against the bleacher. The player quickly swung her arm back, pushing the fan away.

Kumamoto said that wasn’t the worst thing to happen during the game.

“What the student body would ‘cheer’ during the game is even worse — keep in mind that half of our team is of Asian (sic) descent,” Kumamoto said. “They would yell ‘soy sauce,’ ‘little eyes,’ ‘you’re ugly’ — just to name a few.”

“We started out doing cheers like our normal games,” a McClatchy High School junior said. “And then, the other team started saying, ‘You guys are ugly. You guys are trash. Go back to your horrible homes.’ We were all just disgusted the next day.”

Kumamoto said the staff at Oak Ridge didn’t do anything to stop their fans.

“If these racial taunts were made against African Americans (sic), there would be outrage, but because they were made against Asians (sic), nobody on the Oak Ridge staff seemed to think there was a problem,” Kumamoto said.

McClatchy lost to Oak Ridge during the Sac-Joaquin Section playoff game.

“We’ve gone to every single school in our district, and we’ve never once experienced anything like that,” a McClatchy cheerleader said. “It was really sad. I went to my mom and cried.”

The El Dorado Union High School District released a statement Tuesday, saying the district is aware of the “inappropriate behavior and derogatory comments” that came for the Oak Ridge student section.

“We are disappointed and saddened by this situation and are working to address the inappropriate behavior,” the statement read. “It is our expectation that respect be given to all during our athletic events and apologize that this was not the case on this particular evening.”

Kumamoto’s video, posted on Tuesday, has been getting people’s attention.

The video had more 30,000 views, as of Wednesday night. A large majority of the comments on the Facebook post expressed outrage.

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