Friday night, Aliso Niguel High School in Orange County, California put on a football game intended to double as a memorial for the victims of 9/11. It was within this framework that students came to the game wearing red, white, and blue, waving American flags, and armed with chants of “USA! USA!” as the players did battle on the field against Santa Ana High School.
As you might have guessed, this simply isn’t okay in 2018.
“Dear Wolverine Community,” Aliso Niguel principal Deni Christensen wrote in a letter to parents. “I would like to update you regarding a controversy that occurred regarding our football game Friday night versus Santa Ana High School; the information below will also be shared with media today.
“Friday’s football game was our ‘red, white and blue’ game, where students traditionally dress patriotically in USA colors for a home football game that falls in close proximity to September 11th (Patriot’s Day),” she continued. “This type of game is intended as a patriotic celebration and is common in Orange County. Many schools have a similar themed game from time to time during football season if they have a home football game scheduled near 9/11.”
The problem, however, arose when Santa Ana’s principal became offended by some of the patriotic displays. He approached Christensen on the sidelines and said that because his students were majority Hispanic, they were made to feel unwelcome by chants of “USA!” and (unseen by anyone but him) signs reading “Build the Wall.”
Would this be a good time to remind everyone that Trump nabbed nearly a quarter of the Latino vote? No? Okay.
“Principal Bishop said that if our students continued to chant “USA” that he would remove his team from the field and contact the media,” wrote Christensen. “Going forward, I will be meeting with our student leaders and staff, and we will consider how we might have communicated more in advance about the purpose of our ‘red, white and blue’ game to avoid misunderstanding. However, I am deeply saddened that anyone could categorize our students or community as ‘racist’ and I have made that very clear. We have nothing but respect for Santa Ana High School, and all schools.”
Well. Not sure how you could have nothing but respect for a school led by an idiot who threatens to “go to the media” because students are chanting “USA!” on a day meant to celebrate American patriotism, but yeah…
We’ve said it before but we’ll say it again: If you find American flags and chants of “USA” offensive, it’s past time for you to find a new place to live. Instead of throwing a temper tantrum, Principal Bishop would do his students a huge favor by A) reminding them that they, too, are Americans, and B) NOT EVERYTHING IS ABOUT YOU AND YOUR FEELINGS!
God help this country.