This has got to be the final triumph! Administrators at a Colorado high school turned down students’ request for a spirit week day honoring America because (wait for it!) it might offend non-Americans.
Fox News’s Todd Starnes reports:
The student council at Fort Collins High School had proposed having a day to celebrate the United States during next week’s Winter Spirit Week. The young people pitched “’Merica Monday” – and invited their classmates to dress in patriotic colors. Their proposal was promptly shot down by administrators.
“They said they didn’t want to offend anyone from other countries or immigrants,” a 16-year-old member of the student council told me. “They just really did not want to make anyone feel uncomfortable.”
Correction: They didn’t want anyone feel uncomfortable who wasn’t an American but was living within the borders of this great nation and enjoying its unparalleled freedoms and protections. Makes perfectly good sense.
Starnes spoke with students and parents who said they wished to remain anonymous, fearing reprisals from the administration. Welcome to Bizarro USA!
In case you thought the story couldn’t get any more outrageous, consider this: Students told Starnes that they are required to participate in Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Cinco de Mayo, for the non-initiated, is a day set aside by Americans of Mexican heritage to pay homage to their culture. Kind of like what the students wanted to do vis-à-vis ‘Merica Monday.
Starnes quotes one 16-year-old who said:
It’s shocking. There are men and women fighting for our country and we should be able to celebrate that and be proud that we live in a country where we are allowed to vote – the right to free speech. They won’t even let us celebrate it.
In a related story reported by CBS DC, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic on the U.S. Supreme Court, spoke to students at Yale University Law School on Monday. In her remarks, she allowed as how the term illegal alien was insulting to her, as was labeling immigrants in the country illegally as “criminals.” Said Justice Sotomayor:
I think people then paint those individuals as something less than worthy human beings and it changes the conversation.
Maybe if she can find time, Sotomayor could repeat her remarks to the faculty and students at Fort Collins High School. The administration might benefit from learning that people born on U.S. soil deserve at least as much consideration.
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