Four California high-school students were reportedly suspended for chanting â€œU.S.A! U.S.A!â€ and wearing American flag bandanas during a basketball game. While their punishment has since been rescinded, school administrators said â€œthe incident is far from over.â€
Oxnard Union School District superintendent Gabe SoumakianÂ told Fox News Radio that â€œwe need to pursue this furtherâ€ and â€œwork with teachers and students and the community about the concept of cultural proficiency.â€ Soumakian and Camarillo High School principal Glenn Lipman felt that the studentsâ€™ actions might have had racist undertones since the schools have large Hispanic student populations.
America is not a race. For that matter Hispanic is not a race, either.
â€œWe 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,â€ LipmanÂ said. â€œIf weâ€™re doing it for patriotism, thatâ€™s fine. But if weâ€™re doing it for something else thatâ€™s racially motivated, Iâ€™m not going to allow that.â€
But the students deny any racial element to their chants. â€œWeâ€™ve done it always,â€ one student said. â€œItâ€™s something we do. Itâ€™s the same group of friends. Weâ€™re all very patriotic.â€ The four students gained support from their peers: More than 100 students gathered by the schoolâ€™s flagpole the following morning to protest in patriotic clothing.
Okay, let’s suppose a non-citizen student, attending a public school on the taxpayers’ dime feel uncomfortable when other kids espouse patriotism. So what?
First Amendment protections of free speech have been expanded to include pornography and flag burning. But flag waving? That’s offensive.
The state of California has a large Hispanic population. Shall be ban the 4th of July to protect someone’s feelings?