Official Statements

3/4/2022 | OCCDL’s Statement Denouncing Racism in Schools

On January 21, 2022, Makai Brown, a Black high school student and basketball player at Portola High School in Irvine, California was subjected to hate speech on the court during a basketball game at Laguna Hills High School, which is part of Saddleback Valley Unified School District in Orange County, California. This is not the first incident of hate speech at Orange County schools, particularly at high school sporting events. OCCDL condemns these racist comments and acknowledges that what Makai and others have endured is bullying and abuse. Our local diverse student community deserves better, not because they are Black, LGBT, or have other diverse qualities, but because they are human. We stand with Makai and the Brown family and support and
join the Brown family’s quest for reform. We call on all persons invested in educating our collective future to take swift action to address racism and hate speech in schools. Here’s the link to Thurgood Marshall Bar Association —> where there is a link to the news story.

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