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February 16, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Patriotic Students Accused of Racism for Chanting 'U.S.A.!'

Posted by Jenny Erikson

It’s now racist to be patriotic? What the ... ? Four California high school students were recently reprimanded for wearing American flag bandanas and chanting “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” at a school basketball game. They were reportedly suspended, and while the punishment was rescinded, school officials said, “The incident is far from over.”

Camarillo High School principal Glenn Lipman worried that the chanting might have racist undertones due to the southern California school’s large Hispanic population. Oxnard Union School District superintendent Gabe Soumakian told Fox News, “We need to pursue this further” and “work with teachers and students and the community about the concept of cultural proficiency.”

How about this for cultural proficiency: It’s the freaking United States of America! Teach the students, especially those that may come from immigrant backgrounds, that this country rocks, and they should take some pride in it. Kids participating in school sport and taking pride in their country are not the teenagers we need to worry about.

This is not only political correctness gone too far -- it cheapens and degrades the term racism. Racism is treating people differently because of their race -- making black children go to separate schools and sit at the back of the bus. It means that you think you’re better than other people because your race is better than their race. It labels people by their skin color instead of valuing them for the heart, mind, and soul underneath their physical appearance.

If anything, these boys should be commended for attempting to bring the students together in unity, celebrating one thing that binds them -- they are living in the land of the free and the home of the brave. These administrators should be ashamed at their attempt to widen any racial gaps by attributing racism to teens that are proud to be an American. Not white, not black, not Mexican, Asian, Filipino, or any other of the many races that make up our country, but American.

The students say the claims of racial motivation are without merit. “We’ve done it always,” one student said. “It’s something we do. It’s the same group of friends. We’re all very patriotic.”

Their friends agree. The next morning, more than 100 of their peers gathered around the school’s flagpole (presumably still flying Old Glory) to protest in patriotic clothing.

Good job, kids.

Do you think racism was involved here?


  • splatz
    by splatz
    February 17, 2013 at 9:58 AM
    Oh dear god...
  • Shaybay218
    February 17, 2013 at 1:08 PM


  • Knightquester
    February 17, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Do you think racism was involved here?

    From your description of how it went, no.  I can't see how chanting USA would be considered racist, so it makes me wonder if there is more to the story.  I wonder if the boys had a past history of degrading and demeaning Hispanic students that the chanting was used in a more derogatory way at the Hispanic students rather than in a patriotic way for their country.

    I personally don't think any special treatment should be given to any person no matter what their race, religion, or gender is.  So, I don't see why anybody should have to tiptoe around the fact that they are American and proud of it to placate a group that migrated here and chose to also be American.  I wonder if this would have been an issue if the students chanting had been Hispanic, somebody needs to ask the school that question.  In this case if there's racism it could be the school giving it to the boys chanting.

  • Pammi86
    by Pammi86
    February 17, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    No, thats ridiculous!

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