Only in America and other western countries do displays of patriotism and national pride appear to be branded as “racist” or bigoted, as students wearing patriotic attire at a local high school basketball game soon discovered.
The issue started during a basketball game between Valley High and Des Moines North High School. Some students from Valley High supported their team by wearing patriotic attire such as red, white and blue shorts and shirts.
On the surface nothing seems out of place. After all, why would wearing the flag of the country you’re living in and displaying your patriotism be unacceptable? According to parents and coaches from the opposing team at North High School, which is a more “diverse” body than Valley High, the displays of patriotism were extremely racist and xenophobic.
WHO-TV reports North HS Assistant Coach Morgan Wheat wasn’t buying the claim that the students were just supporting their team and country by stating, “Any normal person, any educated person can look at that and think what the hell are these kids thinking.”
“Kids are kids, I get it, but I do have questions. I want to know why.”
The North HS b-ball squad is “filled with players who come from refugee families,” WHO adds.
Student leaders from Valley ended up hand-delivering an apology to North’s principal:
It has been brought to our attention that the decision by the Valley High School student section to wear U.S.A. apparel at our game last night was offensive to members of your community and fan base. We are deeply sorry if we have offended anyone in any way. We have traditionally dressed in such a fashion for great games such as the one last night. Everyone here at Valley has immense respect not only for your team and players but for your community as a whole. Please know that our intent was in no way to offend or demean—just to support our own team in a way we have done before.
The students at Valley High were forced to apologize after showing their love for America, which is apparently offensive to refugees and immigrants at North High even though they are suppose to be a part of the very same country. The whole point of immigration is to become part of a new society that you now call your home, and since these migrants have chosen to abandon their home nations, its expected that they assimilate into a culture that they have decided to be a part of.
However, it appears many immigrants for some reason consider the American flag offensive, although showing pride for their nations of origin appear completely acceptable and encouraged.
It’s important to note that the school with the higher percentage of refugees and immigrants, North High, lost the basketball game, 57-55, and I’d wage that some of them became bitter and decided to exaggerate reality by claiming the Valley High School fans were being racist. If the Valley High team had lost the game, I doubt the victorious North High students would be making an issue about their patriotic attire.
However, even a Valley High alum chimed in and considered the student’s act to be “blatantly racist”.
“This is an example of BLATANT racism,” said Ty Leggett, a Valley High School alum, on the Valley High School – WDMCS Facebook page. “ALL participating should have been pulled and banned from ALL VHS extracurricular events for the remainder of the year! As a parent, I’d be mortified that my son or daughter thought this way, acted in this fashion and refrained from taking a stand against this 21st century inexcusable behavior!”
Erin Ness Carter, a mother living in the Iowan district, remarked that “for the supporters of one team from a primarily white part of town to paint themselves as the ‘team of the USA’ it strongly implies that the other team, the less white team, is less American.”
I’ve got news for Erin Ness Carter, if immigrants are offended by the American flag or American colors, then yes, they are clearly “less American” than those who respect and appreciate the country they are living in. America is the very same country that has provided immigrants with endless opportunities and a safe haven from war torn areas of the world, but that fact seems to have gotten lost among “progressive” politics.
Essentially what these alum and parents are saying is that if you are white, it is racist for you to wear red, white and blue. If you are a minority, it is completely acceptable and encouraged to display pride for a foreign nation, or even America, as long as you are not white.
Thankfully, some alumni from Valley High were able to see past the leftist jargon and came to the defense of the basket team’s fans, according to WHO-TV.
“Now we can’t wear USA stuff without making someone upset?” asked Melissa Fraas-Bader, another Valley High alum. “Oh please….”
“This country is the United States of America and our country colors are red, white, and blue no matter what color of skin you have or what race you are,” said Mallorie Paige Sander, a current Valley High student. “The intentions to offend anyone by wearing USA themed clothing was no where in the thoughts of any of our student body, why would it be? We all live in America.”
Unfortunately displaying national pride is no longer considered a moral, patriotic act in America or many Western countries, as immigrants are far more encouraged to display pride for their countries of origin than anything colored with the dreaded red, white and blue.
However, I have a feeling if an American citizen immigrated to Mexico or other nations and tried to wave an American flag at a sporting event, the outcome would not be at all pleasant.