Racist? Definitely no.
Used in an insulting context? Yes.
Deserving of punishment? No
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It is not God who kills the children. Not fate that butchers them or destiny that feeds them to the dogs. It's us. Only us - Rorschach
Why would Americans be offended by the chants of Boriqua, if the Americans were not from PR??
The Hispanic students had a legitimate reason for being offended because of the insinuation that they are NOT American, because in fact they ARE American.
That is prejudice, and very characteristic of being racist.
They may have been ethnocentric, behaving ethnocentrically. They were not racist.
Hypothetically (or not as the case may be), if the other team was made up of illegal aliens would the Alamo team have been socially acceptable in chanting USA? What if the other team was displaying the flag of Mexico or shouting "viva la Mexico", would they have been accused of racism? Or, would they have been celebrating there ethnic heritage?
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