California Governor’s COVID-19 Lockdown Plan Discriminates Against Public School Minority Students Athletes

CALIFORNIA (February 5, 2021)—-a California football tore into Governor Gavin Newsom’s public school lockdown. 

Isaiah J. Navarro tweeted  “Zero offers, zero looks, zero commitments, zero time on campus, zero homecoming, zero prom, zero traditional graduation. What a wasted final year of school,” tweeted Isaiah Navarro, who attends Paraclete High School in Lancaster, Calif., according to his bio.

Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) released his lockdown State’s Safe Schools  in December 2020. California’s framework to support schools to continue operating safely in-person and to expand the number of schools safely resuming in-person instruction.  Newsom claimed that his plan  is an advancing strategy that will help create safe learning environments for students and safe workplaces for educators and other school staff.

The plan was developed in partnership with the Legislature, but the plan did provide a comprehensive physical education or athletic programs in the plan. 

Newsom same Governor Gavin Newsom today released the State Safe Schools for All plan, California’s framework to support schools to continue operating safely in-person and to expand the number of schools safely resuming in-person instruction. Informed by growing evidence of the decreased risks and increased benefits of in-person instruction – especially for our youngest students – Governor Newsom is advancing a strategy that will help create safe learning environments for students and safe workplaces for educators and other school staff. The plan was developed in partnership with the Legislature, and the Governor will propose an early action package to ensure schools have the resources necessary to successfully implement key safety precautions and mitigation measures. Components of the plan will be launched in the coming weeks.

“These four pillars will serve as tools to safely guide our state’s return to in-person instruction and protect the health of students, educators and all school staff,” said CHHS Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly. “As a pediatrician and father, I know schools are the best place our kids can be and the positive impact in-person learning has on their overall health and well-being.”

Isaiah Navarro called out the Newsom’s double standard  to  Brian Kilmeade on “Fox & Friends”., for allowing private schools to play sports, while restrictions continue to hinder public school students from acquiring scholarships and scoring a spot on college teams.

“Navarro noted that for many students, college football is the only way for them to help their parents with the financial burden of tuition.”

“This is our only chance to help our family,” Navarro said, adding that “we want to support our family and relatives.”

Thirty-four states lifted the lockdown and allow students to play in the falll/winter: Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, Texas, Utah, Indiana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Kansas, New Hampshire, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, South Carolina, New Jersey, Michigan, Delaware, Minnesota, Colorado and Louisiana.

District of Columbia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Virginia, New Mexico, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Maryland, Rhode Island, Maine, New York and Vermont are among the states to allow football in the late winter or spring and California, Connecticut and Hawaii  have cancelled football until 2021 school year.

This is why Navarro and other public school players are frustrated with Newsom.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom was asked about the return to youth sports at a press conference in Oakland on Wednesday. Here’s what he had to say on the topic:

“Last week we made an announcement that allowed for youth sports like track and field to take place. We are and we have provided a framework to allow certain youth sports to take shape in competition. With that said, we have been in very direct conversations, personally, I launched those conversations last week.

“My team is in constant contact trying to work through these different tiers. The red tier you’ll start to see baseball and in subsequent tiers you’ll start to see football. I’ll be honest with you, a lot of this is driven by football with folks wanting to get a football season in and I’m deeply sensitive to that.”

Newsom refers to his four kids–but they attend private schools and are not football players–although Newsome said that they ” love sports.”   Newsome claims that he recognizes all of the benefits, physical and mental, as well as the benefits to teachers and parents that have kids who are engaged in physical activities in terms of our responsibility to support those children as well.”

“So we want to see this happen. We want to do it safely. A lot of great data has been provided by the same groups that are suing us. If I was concerned about lawsuits, I would have collapsed a year ago. We receive dozens of lawsuits every week and some of them are from folks that are very close to us. It’s clarifying. It allows for focus. Some are specious and political, others [like the one regarding youth sports] I think are quite legitimate in terms of ultimately what they want to achieve. I share that and we are processing that.


“I am hopeful and I really mean this, that we can find a compromise here and I believe that’s possible as long as these case rates continue to move in the direction they’re moving.”

California has produced some great quarterbacks including Aaron Rodger, Tony Romo, Matt Cassel, and Tom Brady who will play in the Super Bowl LV Sunday.  

Former California high school quarterbacks Tom Brady and Jim Harbaugh

Newsom has allowed  private schools to play beginning last week—basketball, lacrosse, tennis, and track—and in many cases the students comes from a well-to-do family that has shelled out thousands and thousands of dollars over the years to nurture a budding athletic talent.  And a majority of the time, they’re white.

Minority students like Navarro most play football and not the Ivy league sports.

The Atlantic wrote, “by the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s own estimate, 61 percent of student athletes last year were white. At elite colleges, that number is even higher: 65 percent in the Ivy League, not including international students, and 79 percent in the Division III New England Small College Athletic Conference, which includes elite liberal-arts colleges like Williams College and Amherst College. As Harvard heads to court to fend off allegations that it discriminates against Asian American applicants, the plaintiffs behind the case have released to the public reams and reams of data analyzing the school’s admissions process. They allege that one factor used in admissions, called “personal rating,” systematically disadvantages Asian American students. But tucked into the 168-page analysis of Harvard’s admissions data is a curious statistic about another nonacademic factor considered by the school: athletics.”

Newsom’s lockdown sports plan discriminate against minority students.  


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