more iowa high school basketball racism inspired by trump

another ugly high school basketball moment associated with president donald trump in my home state of iowa made national headlines earlier this school year. patrick redford on reported

before a basketball game between eagle grove and forest city in forest city, iowa, two local radio broadcasters were heard cheerily expressing their disdain for the “español people” who played for eagle grove high school.

broadcasters are announcers or people who work producing the broadcast. cheerily is happily. disdain is disrespect.

draco malfoy showing disdain with his face

draco malfoy shows a strong disdain for harry potter. and muggles. 

the most offensive and most publicized comment was

as trump would say, go back where they came from.

as means the same way. in this example, like is a good substitution.  go back means return. the idea is that because the players have spanish last names, they don’t belong in the u.s.  listen for the comment at 1:28 on this video.

one of the students mentioned, 17-year-old  nikolas padilla, showed judgment and empathy in his response to the broadcasters’ comments in this tweet.

proud means happy or satisfied about personal characteristics or accomplishments, background refers to padilla’s personal historyapology is saying you’re sorry. move on means continue and implies leaving  behind or forgetting this incident. as has the same meaning as () it does above.

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padilla also talked to local television station kimt and said…

i know it’s a huge deal but I didn’t want it to be a huge deal…..forgive him and accept his apology because I’m not the one who’s going to hold a grudge against him for the rest of his life for the decision he made.

a huge deal means really importantforgive is excuse, pardonhold a grudge means stay angry or resentful and have feelings of revenge.

janet jackson & justin timberlake performing at halftime of super bowl xxxviii
janet jackson’s wardrobe malfunction during the halftime show at super bowl xxxviii  was a big deal when it happened.

kimt talked to eagle grove superintendant (top manager in a school system) jess toliver too.

[toliver] stresses when dealing with a minority population you’re bound to encounter racism; while you can try to ignore it, it is best to address it: the main thing is in our school district everybody is welcome, no matter where you come from. we’re not a rich town, not a flashy town, we take care of our kids, and we take care of our community. the main thing is if you come here you’re going to be safe, you’re going to be taken care of.

deal with is the same as  work with.  a minority is a small percentage of the population. in the u.s. it is often used to refer to ethnic groups. bound means sure, certain.  flashy is extravagant, ostentatious. take care of means protect. the first two applications of take care of have we as a subject. the final application, be taken care of,  is passive voice (auxiliary be + past participle).  no subject is mentioned.

eagle grove and forest city basketball players and school officials show unity during the national anthem before their basketball game

forest city and eagle grove players and school officials before their game in january

when eagle grove and forest city played again at the beginning of january, in the mason city globe gazette, an article by steve bohnel reported that players from both teams held hands during the national anthem (official song for a country) to show unity.  eagle grove superintendent toliver commented

it just took the edge off everything

and misty padilla, nikolas’s mother, agreed…

it brought the students a little closer even though the forest city basketball team had nothing to be ashamed of, it was not them who racially degraded our children.

take the edge off means the situation became less intense. even though is for contrasting ideas, similar to but stronger than but. ashamed of is embarrassed about, sorry for or guilty ofdegrade means insult, disrespect.

a little something to take the edge off is commonly used to refer to relaxing drugs, drinks or food;  like tequila & maruchan 

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