President Obama spoke in highly personal terms on Friday about the impact on him of the shooting in Florida of a 17-year-old black youth named Trayvon Martin, saying that “if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”
Members of the University of Southern Mississippi band chanted racist taunts at a hispanic Kansas State player during the schools’ NCAA tournament game on Thursday.
After point guard Angel Rodriguez was fouled late in the first half of the second-round game, a few band members showered the freshman with cries of “where’s your green card?”
Oh, and to top it all off:
“We deeply regret the remarks made by a few students at today’s game,” she wrote in a statement issued two hours after the game. ”The words of these individuals do not represent the sentiments of our pep band, athletic department or university. We apologize to Mr. Rodriquez (sic) and will take quick and appropriate disciplinary action against the students involved in this isolated incident.”
Rodriguez was spelled incorrectly in the original draft.
Apparently the Southern Miss band members don’t know that Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States. He’d be an American citizen even if he hadn’t grown up in the continental U.S.