Every time that I think that the world can’t get any crazier I am proven flat wrong. Four California high-school students were reportedly suspended for chanting “U.S.A! U.S.A!” and wearing American flag bandanas during a basketball game. While their punishment has since been rescinded, school administrators said “the incident is far from over.”
Oxnard Union School District superintendent Gabe Soumakian told Fox News Radio that “we need to pursue this further” and “work with teachers and students and the community about the concept of cultural proficiency.” Soumakian and Camarillo High School principal Glenn Lipman felt that the students’ actions might have had racist undertones since the schools have large Hispanic student populations. “We wanted to make sure [their actions weren't] racially motivated, and I told the kids I just want to be sensitive to the feelings of everybody,” Lipman said.
Just so that no one thinks that I am not correctly reporting on the tone of the incident, here it is:
How horrible!! Four boys showing the love of their country by leading a supportive chant at a basketball game in a completely supportive and non-violent way. Luckily the school authorities stepped in and stopped the boys before they did something really bad like leading the crowd through the pledge of allegiance or (shudder) reading from the Constitution.
As a country we really have lost our way. The principal of the school was afraid that chanting “USA” could have racist undertones because of the large hispanic population at the school. First, last I checked we had a Bill of Rights that said we had the freedom to express ourselves and second how is the racial make-up of the school relevant to patriotism? According to the principal’s logic, if you are not white you are not pro-America. That is utter nonsense. I would think that most Hispanics would be insulted to be called less patriotic than others. Why would any hispanic be threatened or insulted by patriotism?
If there is a group of Hispanics at the school that are anti-American, I do support their right to express their feelings – just not to the exclusion of those of us that love our country expressing our views as well. Democracy and free speech are messy things and they are impossible concepts to have without someone being offended. There is nothing in our Constitution that protects you from being offended and the schools actions here are reprehensible and distinctly un-American. We wonder why our schools are struggling to perform, well this is Exhibit A.