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White, liberal Austin? Ask Socorro. Meanwhile, Westlake responds to racial taunting allegations.

Some discussion in Austin about the state high school baseball championship between the Austin-area Westlake and Socorro. A blog entry yesterday had some of the discussion. You can view some of the comments below.

Meanwhile, here’s the follow-up today, in which the Westlake folks issue a non-apologetic apology:

Westlake statement as given to the Austin American-Statesman

“I did not observe this behavior, nor did we receive any report of it following the game,” Darren Allman, the Westlake athletic director and football coach, said in a statement on Tuesday. “We certainly do not condone inappropriate behavior by our students at any competition or school event. Westlake High School fans have a reputation for enthusiastic good sportsmanship, which we value greatly, and I fully expect that our athletic teams and followers will continue that tradition in the future.”

Comments from the blog entry yesterday

By Westlake kid

June 23, 2009 2:46 PM | Link to this

Everyone needs to understand that before this game took place socorro fans were talking trash through a message board and saying westlake is just a bunch of spoiled kids who do not deserve to be in the state tournament. This is how the rivalry began. And as far as trash talking both sides were doing it westlake just had more offensive terms I guess. Stuff like this happens at every high school rivalry event. Everyone just hates westlake and it’s getting old.

By bcaves

June 23, 2009 1:12 PM | Link to this

It happens all over. My kids old HS was playing a baseball playoff game at Georgetown and all issues that have been mentioned here happened there. It was a parent thing at GT. I guess when you feel inadequate, you do stupid things.

By landmark10

June 23, 2009 1:09 PM | Link to this

Yes, I have seen some of this in AISD games. There is an underlying resentment for certain minorities, as well as what people would consider the lower middle class. Chants of “where’s your Jumbo-Tron” and taunting is generally something Westlake fans are known for. Just reminds me of how lack of class can affect one’s mind. It also runs in all sports, including soccer, and basketball. So, it is an issue of poor parenting and elitist ignorance.

By Mark

June 23, 2009 1:02 PM | Link to this

The flag was in poor taste but the El Paso team didn’t help their cause when they took the field wearing sombreros or when they were trying to sell roasted corn between innings.

By John

June 23, 2009 12:43 PM | Link to this

When Pflugerville JV played Westlake JV last fall there were numerous stories from Pflugerville black players about how Westlake players bombarded them with the “n” word and other racial taunts. Worst of all, Westlake coaches were heard encouraging this behavior. Westlake is a racist school that is unrestrained by its coaches, faculty, and administrators.

By Wasn’t There But Heard About It

June 23, 2009 12:23 PM | Link to this

While I was not at the game, my daughter was and sat in the Westlake student section. I talked to her about this incident, and she relayed the following. A former student (already graduated) held up a Confederate flag. The Westlake students around him immediately made him take it down. Unfortunately this one idiot was what was seen across the stands. And there was some chanting going on between the students about money. She did not take part, but said that the money chants were started by the El Paso students. The Westlake students were responding. Unfortunately that is all that is reported by the El Paso newspaper. And results in the piling on from others.

By orlando s. mata

June 23, 2009 11:39 AM | Link to this

I am glad that the Westlake students show the world their parents views about who paves their streets; put in their swear lines; builds their houses, remodel their homes; and have a racist sheriff to protect them. Let their be no doubt that Austin and its rich suburb can not shake their racist past and that it was the racist capital of a racist state. What a misnomer white liberal, Austin, Texas.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

June 24, 2009 at 12:25 pm

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  1. I found this comment left for the article to be fairly level-headed. However, (further up the comment chain) what’s wrong with selling roasted corn between the innings?

    carolyn rhea drapes

    June 24, 2009 at 2:52 pm

  2. Kids reflect their parents

    Ken G

    June 24, 2009 at 3:02 pm

  3. “…but the El Paso team didn’t help their cause when they took the field wearing sombreros or when they were trying to sell roasted corn between innings.”

    Why is displaying those things that are part of one’s ethnic/national/cultural heritage an invitation to racist actions/comments? What if it were German Air Force HS boys wearing lederhosen and selling schnitzel during innings? Would people have shouted, “Nazi!”?

  4. Mrs Karen Peissinger-Venhaus:
    What does selling corn have to do with the game. It’s what the people eat. Are Caucasian people tasteless because not all can eat spicy foods. Sombreros is Mexican and were made for heat, so that might be another “excuse”, yet they wanted to represent as they thought fit. If a German person wants to wear a lederhosen why is it wrong. I’m pretty sure that you have seen the WORLD CUP, there are Germans celebrating in this manner. Are they called names, maybe, but the world cup is full of excited people representing what they are well known for. Just like the Confederate flag is flown freely then why not a sombrero, at least the sombrero keeps the son away. Like you stated about Germans, and if I am not correct you have either a German last name or a Dutch name, I love Germans. I even strive to improve in this wonderful language. Germans have a great history of music and great achievements in science, so just because of the Nazi’s I should over look such greatness that came from that country. This would make me as ignorant as a white supremacist. Racism is in every culture it can’t be denied, yet to comment what you stated is rather interesting. I’m just saying…. :/


    June 26, 2009 at 1:20 am

  5. to joreyes81:

    I think you misunderstood me. The point I was trying to make is that it is not wrong to display those symbols that one considers part of one’s ethnic identity, such as the sombreros worm by the Socorro team.

    Karen Peissinger-Venhaus

    August 10, 2009 at 2:06 am

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