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CAIR-San Diego, Partners to Call for ‘Concrete’ Action After Racist Incident at Coronado vs. Escondido CIF Basketball Game

(SAN DIEGO, CA, 6/22/21) – Later today, Tuesday, June 22, the San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego) will join BIPOC Educators, the San Diego American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee-ADC, North County Immigration Task Force (NCITF), and other community partners at a news conference outside the office of Escondido Unified High School District to call for action in response to racist behavior reportedly exhibited by the Coronado boys’ basketball team during an altercation in the aftermath of a championship game Saturday night.

The coach of the Escondido team, which is predominantly Latino, was allegedly told by the Coronado coach “Get your [EXPLETIVE] loser team off my court.” Tortillas were reportedly thrown at the losing team. The Coronado superintendent Karl Mueller has issued an apology to OGHS and vowed accountability. Coronado police say they will investigate the incident.

SEE: ‘Really Disrespectful’: Tortillas Thrown at Losing Team in Coronado vs. Escondido CIF Basketball Game

WHAT: Press Conference in Front of Escondido Unified High School District Office WHEN: Tuesday, June 22, 5 – 6 PM 

WHERE: 302 NORTH MIDWAY DRIVE ESCONDIDO, CA 92027

CONTACT: CAIR San Diego Associate Executive Director Tazheen Nizam, tnizam@cair.com | (760) 201-7626

In a statement, CAIR San Diego Associate Executive Director Tazheen Nizam said:

“We demand that school officials take concrete steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all students. Those who took part in the bigoted actions should be punished. There must be a policy change by the school district to mandate immediate disciplinary action for racist behavior and curriculum must include anti-racism and ethnic studies education.”

CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.       

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.  

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