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Forgetting the Alamo

March 13, 2012

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Forgetting the Alamo

Racial incident mars high school game,” San Antonio’s KSAT reported March 5. “School district, students apologize.”

What now, you ask wearily? Another (fake) noose-related “hate crime”? Another (phony) white-on-black gang rape? Another niggardly black hole we have to spend the next week digging ourselves out of?

No, no, and no again, jaded Caucasians. It’s yet another don’t wave the American flag in America—not even a little one on your bicycle—story:

When the final whistle blew Saturday, Alamo Heights celebrated a convincing victory over San Antonio Edison.

Alamo Heights Head Coach Andrew Brewer said he was proud of his [basketball] team….

“As with almost every report on any mainstream news site, you’ll find the real story in the comments underneath the official one.”

But it was just after the trophy presentation when the coach was not proud of the chant coming from Alamo Heights fans.

“USA, USA, USA,” they chanted.

San Antonio Independent School District officials took the chant as a racial insult to a school with all minority players from a school with mostly white ones.

Don’t you remember a similar outrage when Mexicans in Los Angeles booed the US soccer team? Me neither.

Regarding this recent racist tragedy in San Antonio, I know what you’re thinking—White kids playing basketball?!—but stay focused. The above account is only what happened according to the local TV station. As with almost every report on any mainstream news site, you’ll find the real story in the comments underneath the official one.

Today it’s easy for average Americans to fact-check reporters and try to correct the narrative. Maybe too easy. Debunking the “hate crime” du jour via online outlets is technically simple, but it can also be an addictive, psychologically and physically draining time-suck. (See “Breitbart, Andrew.”)

These days there are finally two sides to every news story: the story itself, then all the facts that the commenters show the editor tried to hide. My overall mood has improved immensely since I acquired the habit of reading the news upside down. That is, I first scroll down to see what commenters are saying about this or that “explosive revelation” or “growing controversy.” Inevitably, ordinary folks respond by the hundreds to smug op-eds or biased, overblown “news” stories with colorful variations on the word “bullshit,” thereby reaffirming my faith in humanity.


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