The man who says he supplied the tortillas that Coronado students threw at Orange Glen High basketball players said Wednesday that his intentions were not racist and the district should not have fired its basketball coach.
Luke Serna, who is a Coronado alumnus and is half-Mexican, said he brought packs of tortillas and gave them to Coronado players for a celebration.
Serna has been active in Coronado Democratic circles and says he is an officer with the SEIU 1000 union.
He wrote in an unsigned letter to the school board Tuesday that the tortillas were solely for celebratory purposes, mentioning that it has been a tradition at some UC Santa Barbara sporting events. Serna graduated from UCSB.
“There was not a shred of ill-intent or racial animus in carrying out this celebratory action,” Serna wrote in the letter. “Those who have enflamed this issue into a racially charged issue should