Mississippi lived up to it’s reputation of being a state where the Old South still lives when members of the University of Southern Mississippi’s band decided to indulge in a time honored tradition of showing their racist behinds to the rest of the nation.
In a game Thursday night against Kansas State, KSU point guard Angel Rodriquez headed to the free throw line after drawing a foul. As he set up his shot, the Golden Eagle band began jeering and screaming, “Where’s your green card?” repeatedly until their band director shut them up.
Rodriquez, who hails from Puerto Rico, thus rendering his need for a green card null and void — while simultaneously highlighting the stupidity and narrow-minded bigotry of the band members — managed to keep his cool as the ugliness swirled around him.
Southern Miss President Martha Saunders was quick to issue an apology for the incident, and even quicker to make it clear that it was just a “few” students and not the entire band:
We deeply regret the remarks made by a few students at today’s game,” Saunders said. “The words of these individuals do not represent the sentiments of our pep band, athletic department or university. We apologize to Mr. Rodriguez and will take quick and appropriate disciplinary action against the students involved in this isolated incident.”