A demonstration of unity. A show of support.
Players and baseball coaches from Battle Ground and Skyview gathered before the first pitch of Monday’s Greater St. Helens League 4A game to take a stand on recent alleged discriminatory events.
Players and coaches linked arms in front of home plate at Propstra Stadium and said in unison, “Together, we stand against discrimination.”
The player-led pregame remarks came a day after Skyview head coach Seth Johnson released a personal statement about an incident last Wednesday where Camas baseball players allegedly used racist language towards one of Skyview’s players, who is black, during a junior varsity game between the two schools.
The university match scheduled for last Thursday between Skyview and Camas has therefore been postponed.
Last week’s incident, which was reported to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, is being investigated jointly by the two districts. Camas School District spokesperson Doreen McKercher said school principals, athletic directors and superintendents in Camas and Vancouver are “working together to determine exactly what happened as well as what it will look like. the future”.
Johnson’s statement, which he posted on Twitter on Sunday, calls on players who allegedly used racial slurs to be held to account.
“Over the past few days, with my interactions with Camas, I have at times not felt comfortable with the direction of the investigation. rhymed only with the “N-word” and the sounds coming out of their dugout throughout the game were more like “Seal” noises.
Johnson made it clear that his statement was his personal opinion and not within the purview of Vancouver Public Schools. He wrote it because “I sincerely believe deep down in my being that it’s the right thing to do.”
“Over the past year and a half, Vancouver Public Schools have provided equity and diversity training,” Johnson wrote. “During these training sessions, I learned a lot of valuable information that I will use for the rest of my life. Situational awareness and the impact of people’s language and actions are the basis of some of these sessions. In analyzing the incident in question, I have the impression that those involved in this incident lacked situational awareness and empathy. Specifically with the impact of the words and actions of these individuals regarding a black player on our team and black people in general.
“I believe there has been little accountability for the involvement of individual players in this incident, and responsibility lies directly with the Camas Baseball coaching staff, Camas High School Athletics Department, and Camas High School in general.”