Last month at a high school basketball game between Flower Mound High School and Plano East in suburban Dallas racism raised its ugly head as students from Flower Mound held up signs proclaiming “White Power” and shouted racial slurs at the opposing team.
The incident took place late in the game during the third overtime period and only lasted, according to witnesses, about 30 seconds before teachers spotted the offensive display and made the students put the signs away, but not before a Plano student snapped a photo which he posted to Twitter.
Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen responded to the incident with a commentary on a WFAA newscast noting that children aren’t born hating those who are different, they have to be taught to hate.
“Too many parents and apparently others who care tried to defend what you cannot defend,” Hansen said.
Apparently some parents tried to brush it off as an unfortunate “accident” saying that the signs were held up close to one another at the same time by coincidence and that the meaning was misconstrued.
The school says that it was not an accident and that steps would be taken to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.
“They’re taking their signs away,” Hansen said, “but there’s a history in Flower Mound. When my granddaughter, who went to Lewisville High, would be at a game in Flower Mound she and her friends would hear the chant, ‘Welfare babies do you know who your daddy is? Because we know ours.'”
He went on to say that he doesn’t blame the kids as much as some might because he “used to be one of those kids.”
He related how when he was growing up in a small farming town in Iowa which had one black family in the entire county, his father used the N word so liberally in reference to any black person that he was 12 years old before he realized that “N*gger” was not the first name of Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and any other black person that his father did not know.
He said that his father hated all blacks that he didn’t know but that the black family that he did know were “good people” they were just “different.”
“Kids have to be taught to hate,” he said. “And it’s our parents and grandparents, and our teachers and coaches too, who teach us to hate.”
Watch Hansen’s entire commentary in the video below from WFAA.