It was one of the most anticipated high school football games of the year – a Friday matchup between Lincoln High School and Cathedral Catholic, two of the top teams in the county.
The game won’t be played, though, after Lincoln coach David Dunn decided on Monday to cancel the game.
“It’s making a stand for equality, for all the players, for all of us as a whole,” said Dunn during a bi-weekly Coaches for Racial Equality Zoom call. “We’re just tired of being treated unfairly, unjust and thinking that it’s just going to be OK.”
In a statement released Monday, Dunn made it clear, the Lincoln High community is still feeling the effects of a racially charged incident last April.
Two offensive photos were posted on social media, one showing a Cathedral student wearing a shirt that said “Catholics vs Convicts III,” with a caption that read “We Run the City.”
The controversial slogan originated in the ’80’s during a fierce college rivalry between Notre Dame and the University of Miami.
“We were recently targeted again with an open display of racial profiling by Cathedra Catholic’s football team,” said Dunn in a written statement released Monday. “Cathedral Catholic demonstrated their inhumane attitudes against us.”
In May, Cathedral Catholic was sanctioned for the incident. Its football coach Sean Doyle was suspended for two games, and two students were suspended. The school also implemented a restorative-education program.
During Wednesday night’s virtual meeting, Dunn said he has a respectful relationship with Doyle, but it was clear Dunn feels the need for more attention to the issue.
“I don’t feel … we don’t feel the acts that were taken were genuine, even though their attempts to reach out, and I openly say that it wasn’t genuine from the beginning,” Dunn said.
Full story at NBC San Diego.