The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) was founded to eliminate hate, discrimination, and racism towards Latinos. On June 19, two players from Coronado High School’s Basketball team threw tortillas, a racially motivated action, at the opposing team, Orange Glen High School. The tortilla-throwing attack that occurred was a planned assault against Orange Glen High School Basketball players–a predominantly Latinx high school.
This attack began when the Coronado High school basketball team coach stormed towards Orange Glen’s bench, yelling expletives at the opposing team. Then Coronado High School players began to throw tortillas at the Orange Glen High School players.
NHMC condemns the Coronado Parent-Teacher-Organization (PTO) for saying that throwing tortillas was like “throwing graduation caps” into the air. This was an act of bigotry fueled by racism. And it’s exactly this miseducation of connecting tortilla throwing to graduation cap throwing, that proves why we need Critical Race Theory taught in schools now more than ever.
While the Coronado Unified School Board voted to fire Coronado High’s basketball coach, we demand a transparent investigation into this hate crime by the Coronado Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. NHMC also demands accountability from everyone responsible for this attack and that actions are taken immediately.
“Children are not born with hate,” said Brenda Victoria Castillo, President & CEO, National Hispanic Media Coalition. “This is a prime example of how hate and racism is taught and embedded into the fabric of our culture. We must do better to teach our children that these discriminatory assaults will not be tolerated. Period!”