Minority basketball players targeted with racist ‘Trump’ chants at Iowa high school
Students visiting Perry High School in Iowa on Monday night reportedly turned Donald Trump’s name into a racist chant to taunt minority members of the home team.
According to WHO-TV, students supporting Dallas Center-Grimes High School’s team “used Trump’s disdain for illegal immigrants to target several players of Latino descent.”
“Trump, Trump, Trump” and “U.S.A” were two chants used to target members of the Perry team, witnesses said.
“We are all aware of racism, it’s alive and well in small portions but it’s alive and well and it’s just hurtful to see that’s what they resort to,” Perry Student Section Leader Kevin Lopez told WHO-TV.
Perry High School Principal Dan Marburger pointed out that his school’s demographics were unusual for a rural Iowa school.
“We are really more of an urban school in a rural setting,” he explained. “Here at the high school, we are 48 percent minority.”
Dallas Center-Grimes Activities spokesperson Steve Watson confirmed to WHO-TV that the school had addressed the chants, but declined to say if any students were disciplined.
Watch the video below from WHO-TV, broadcast Feb. 23, 2016.