Monday, March 23, 2015

History in the News: 21st Century America - No American Pride Allowed

You want to know what's wrong with America? THIS is what's wrong with America. If this isn't one of the most asinine and truly shameful things I've heard yet.
Yep - - - let's not teach American pride to our kids.
Let's not teach them the good in our country - past and present - but only the bad.
This is the future, fellow Americans, unless you/we put a stop to this kind of crap. It's up to you/us to teach our children to have American pride - I know I have.
By the way, it was the kids who voted overwhelmingly to have this theme for the dance but it was the administrators, in their infinite college degree wisdom, to "change" it:

(from March 23, 2015)

by Jason DeWitt | Top Right News
A high school has outraged students and their parents alike by refusing to allow kids to perform a dance routine titled “American Pride.”
Why? Because it is “too American” and thus “insensitive” to other nations.
And the school that just did this is in Lexington, Massachusetts — the very birthplace of the American Revolution, where the very first battle for American independence was fought. Instead of having pride in that distinction, the administration at Lexington High School apparently is ashamed of being American and wants to teach kids they should be ashamed too.
Even though the routine got by far the most votes from the students, the “American Pride” dance was canceled by the school administration because it didn’t include other nations
WHDH (via Warner Todd Huston) reported:
School officials defended their decision and added they are willing to tweak the theme in order for everyone to be included.
Um, aren’t we ALL Americans?
“Given the diverse demography of our community it was suggested by the advisers that the students come maybe national pride theme so they could represent their individual nationalities,” Assistant Superintendent Carol Pilarski said.
People consider America to be a melting pot, so the fact that it was even considered offensive is what people are a little surprised about,” said student Sneha Rao.
In 1775 — in this town — the Battles of Lexington And Concord began, one of the two important battles where American colonists stood up for themselves and opposed the oppression of the British Crown.
Now, in that very town where our nation was born, showing pride in that nation is now deemed a hate crime.
Stand up, America. You are rapidly losing your country at the hands of radical Progressive indoctrinators.
Want to give these administrators a piece of your mind? I bet you do. Here’s how:
Carol Pilarski, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, EMAIL, (781) 861-2580 Ext. 68044
Laura Lasa, Principal : EMAIL, Phone: 781-861-2320 Ext. 69103

So, what do you think, America?
Me? I believe  - - no, I know this is sad. Very sad.
I fear for our country's future.

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Follow up: March 24, 2015:
And...the kids win!
As reported:

"A high school dance will keep its “American Pride” theme after a debate over concerns that people of other nationalities might feel excluded, the school superintendent said Tuesday.
Students complained to WHDH, which quoted one student, Ethan Embry, calling the decision “ridiculous.”
The story gained widespread attention because of the idea that Lexington, known for the “shot heard ‘round the world” that began the Revolutionary War, would ever opt out of celebrating American pride."

The kids win, and so does a stand for American pride!



Ruth Torrijos said...

Makes me mad. Burns me up. I mean, can we just think about all the thousands of men and women in our armed forces risking their lives, and sacrificing their family time etc to keep our nation safe and free?! COME ON PEOPLE! I'm a teenager and I am PROUD to be an American!

Thanks for the awesome post, Ken!

Gabriela Salvador said...

This is absurd, "politically correct" bull****. I hate to speak that way, but mindsets like these really drive me up the wall. These administrators should look around the world: in Portugal, children learn the traditional folk dances, folk crafts and arts, traditions, etc. They, and other countries around the world I'm sure, don't feel the need to "include" other nations in the celebration and pride of their own country. There is a time/place for an international/cultural festival and a time/place for celebrating our nation's heritage! Gahh!

Historical Ken said...

Comments from Facebook:

From Laurie G. “Soooo, does that mean 4th of July is no longer celebrating American independence for fear of upsetting other nationalities? Is this institution receiving funding from these other nations that may be offended? And the choice was made by the students through a democratic process...”

From Jackie S. “It's getting worse all the time.”

From Jeanette D. “When did being proud of your own country and heritage become a bad thing?”

From Russ P. “I think our forefathers have gotten seasick from all the rolling in their graves they've been doing. I'm pretty sure they've had enough of it and have just disowned us.”