Our world of political correctness and not wanting to offend anyone once again strikes at the heart of American patriotism.
Four male students at Adolfo Camarillo High School in Camarillo, California, just east of Oxnard, love to show their patriotism at school sporting events by wearing American flag bandanas and chanting ‘USA! USA!’ At a recent basketball game, the four teens got the crowd chanting ‘USA! USA!’ with them. Officials stepped in and stopped them and the four boys were subsequently suspended from school.
Because the principal, Glenn Lipman, believed that the chants ‘might’ have been racially motivated. Yep, chanting ‘USA!’ was thought to be racially motivated because a large part of the student body is Hispanic and they may have been offended by the chant. The suspension was soon lifted, but the incident is not over. Lipman explained his actions, saying:
“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. If we’re doing it for patriotism, that’s fine. But if we’re doing it for something else that’s racially motivated, I’m not going to allow that.”
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.”
One of the four students responded to the racial charges against them, saying:
“We’ve done it always. It’s something we do. It’s the same group of friends. We’re all very patriotic.”
Over 100 of their fellow students gathered around the school’s flagpole the next morning to show their support for the four teens whose only crime is that they are patriotic and love this country.
If Hispanic students are offended by someone chanting ‘USA! USA!’, then perhaps they should go back to their own country. This is America, not Mexico or any other Latin American country, although California will be Hispanifornia by the end of this summer, but that still doesn’t make it non-American. People in this country should be patriotic no matter what country they come from.
If you don’t love, leave it. If you’re offended by our country, leave it. If you don’t like our laws and ways of life, leave it and stop trying to turn it into the country you left behind. If you love your own country that much, go back and leave us alone.