A group of Camarillo High School students were wearing American flag bandanas at a school basketball game, and their principal pulled them aside and told them either to remove their bandanas or leave the game. Mind you, this is in America. In California, in fact. So, why would a group of high school boys be told by their principal to remove their American flag bandanas? Because it’s racist. And there were students of other ethnicities that attended both schools who were competing in the basketball game, namely Hispanics. The boys complied and returned to the game where they began chanting, “USA! USA!” That also was racist. So, the 4 boys were all suspended for 5 days.
Both the Camarillo High School principal Glenn Lipman and the school district Superintendent Gabe Soumakian believed there were underlying “racist” overtones in the boys’ actions:
“There was symbolism there with the bandana and the chant. …It has nothing to do with being patriotic or unpatriotic,” Soumakian said. “it has to do with the fact that they are making a chant regarding that we are from the USA and you’re not. Whether that’s the implied intent, that’s the way it comes across. …They have to respect everyone. When you go to a game – you cheer for your team and you don’t make any derogatory comments or make inappropriate comments toward the other team.”
They’re in America. We haven’t joined Mexico in a North American Union…yet. We’re still the United States of America. And people come here from all over the world, because they still view this country as the land of the free. It’s OK to be happy that you’re an American. Even if you’re Hispanic. Ironically, two of the boys that were suspended were Hispanic. One was Austin Medeiros, and the other was Stefan Valenzuela.
And by the way, this is Black History Month. So, if you’re white or Hispanic (I didn’t capitalize “white” because that would be racist), don’t show up to school, because that would be racist. The school district superintendent said that the USA chant was racist because it was saying, “We are from the USA, and you’re not.” A white kid showing up to school during Black History Month would be like saying, “I’m white, and you’re not.” Only in America, the Land of the Free, would chanting America’s name and wearing America’s colors be considered derogatory.