Rush Limbaugh warned us this would happen. He knew the taking down of the Confederate flag for its “racist” connotations would ultimately lead to American symbolism being attacked.
And, sure enough, here we go. An Arizona high school is telling students they won’t be admitted to tonight’s game if they are “dressed inappropriately.” You might assume that might mean not having body parts hanging out, but you’d be wrong. Nope, these kids are being prohibited from wearing USA gear and/or flags. In addition, they are banned from wearing Donald Trump gear. The reason? These could be considered “racist” or “offensive.”
But, in a sign that there IS hope for this republic, many students were having none of it.
Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, Arizona – with a student body known as “The Tribe” – is set to face off against Marcos de Niza High School Friday in an anticipated rivalry game. The game was supposed to have a “USA” theme. But that theme was considered problematic and thrown out.“The Tribe tweeted out that the theme for the game would be “USA,” and students should wear red, white and blue. Administration recognized that this theme had negative connotations,” according to a statement Thursday by the Editorial Board of the Corona student newspaper. “This is not something that can be denied—past games, even as far back as over eight years ago, have showcased themes and chants that appeared racist or offensive toward Marcos [school]. The theme was changed to “Orange Out” after the administration decided it was best to avoid any possible offensive connotations the theme would have.”
The student publication informed students that “Students dressed inappropriately will not be admitted.”
When a Twitter user asked what constituted inappropriate dress, the publication responded that American flags and Donald Trump merchandise is considered too offensive:
Interestingly, the tweet has now been deleted. Too bad for the school, the Internet is forever.
The school paper noted, “It is the unfortunate truth that if you wear red, white or blue to the game you will not be admitted to the stadium. This is a fact.”
Equally chilling is the fact the school maintains it’s “not the clothing, but the intent behind it.” Are we to understand students will be barred from the game for the wrong “intent?” Sure sounds like some form of thought police if you asked me. Who is to determine “intent” — and how — anyway?
And tell me, how are the symbols of this greatest nation “racist” and “offensive” — and to whom? You know what I’m offended by? I’m offended by this trampling of the students’ First Amendment rights to free expression and the anti-American attitude this taxpayer-funded school is propagating.
But what is encouraging is that many of the students saw this for what it was — an infringement on their rights — and fought back. The Daily Caller shares this from the school newspaper:
Twitter exploded. Students became hostile towards administration and StudCo, saying they didn’t have a right to tell students what to wear. They argued that the Tribe has sole authority over what the theme should be, and that those who try to control it are violating their rights. Some students went as far as researching Supreme Court cases that they believed supported their arguments, even though they are incorrect. In the case many students have been talking about and tweeting; Tinker v. DesMoines, students during the Vietnam War wore black armbands to school in protest of the war overseas. The administration of the school told students that if they participated in the act of wearing armbands, they would be suspended. The school was eventually sued and the Supreme Court ruled that students do not lose their First Amendment right when they walk onto a school campus; however as justification for the suppression of their free speech, administration must be able to prove that the conduct would “materially and substantially interfere” with the operation of the school, In this case… The Tribe is doing just that.
Interjecting here: the paper notes the school is justified by suppressing free speech if it would “materially and substantially interfere” with the school’s operation — and seems to be suggesting here that student reaction to this ban on specific attire justifies their action. However, let’s not lose sight of the fact that it was not the attire itself that caused the disruption, it was the school’s BAN in the first place.
They have interrupted the educational process by changing the day-to-day classroom environment. In classrooms across campus, conversations have been started regarding this conflict. Teachers, especially in senior-level classes, have had to set aside time during class because debates and arguments have risen regarding the student section’s apparel. In place of lectures and classwork, teachers have had to address the controversy surrounding the theme.
Frankly, I’m hard-pressed to think of more valuable discussions to be had in our nation’s classrooms at this time than understanding and embodying the principles upon which this nation was founded. I only shudder to think of what kind of anti-American, liberal ideology the teachers might’ve used this opportunity to instill.
On a side note, anyone else find it ironic that they call themselves “The Tribe”? With all the hoopla around “racist” names like the Redskins, it’s surprising this hyper-politically correct school is still using this potentially-racist term to describe the student body. Or is that kinda like renaming Mount McKinley to Denali, in an attempt to erase any “white” parts of our nation and its heritage?
I, for one, wholeheartedly applaud the students’ uprising in response to this outrageous ban. If you’d like to tell the school you support the students’ rights — and symbols of our great nation — as well, here’s how you can reach Principal Brent Brown:
Mr. Brent Brown, Principal
(480) 752-8888 x88761
We must stop this madness.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor, whose alma mater has a football team named after a color — Cardinal Red — so as not to “offend” anyone.]