Thought Police Punish High-Schoolers For Their Patriotism

From National Review:

“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 While their punishment has since been rescinded, school administrators said ‘the incident is far from over.'”

The school’s principal, Glenn Lipman, says she wasn’t sure if the students were being racist in supporting their country because, she notes, the school has a high population of Hispanics. “…I told the kids I just want to be sensitive to the feelings of everybody,” she said.

What does one’s country of origin have anything to do with race? Pride in any particular country is completely separate from hatred of any particular skin color. Besides, if this country offends them, they can leave. No one forced them to be here (unless their parents are illegal residents, in which case their parents forced them to be here; damn illegal immigration).

Lipman added, “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.”

Big Sister acknowledges in that quote that the students were not punished for the general act of causing a scene, but specifically for what she thought they were thinking.

And therein lies one of the dangers of political correctness. The PC police are nothing more than thought police. Once you begin to punish people for the reasons behind their actions rather than simply for their actions, you’ve now crossed over into the territory of authoritarianism; you’ve begun punishing thoughts. This is the Orwellianism liberals pretend to fear from the government, but which generally comes from the liberals themselves.

There is a video of the incident in question. I thought at first that I was watching the wrong video, because about 90 percent of the students in the bleachers, not just the four on the court, were chanting “USA! USA! USA!”

And yes, even the non-whites in the audience joined in the chant. Maybe the principal thought that the non-whites were ignorant of how evil America is and always has been. Maybe the principal mistook the scene as being one of coercion: that the four students came out and forced the rest of the gymnasium to partake of their patriotic reverie.

Whatever the principal was thinking, she should not be punished for it, for to do so would be to engage in the liberal practice of thought-control. She is allowed to hate America. But she should be punished for silencing opinion in an establishment that is supposed to create open minds, not people afraid of expressing themselves, no matter how offensively pro-American they may be. Political correctness has no place in schools.