Woke high school in Washington State cancels red, white and blue tribute for 9/11 victims

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SAMMAMISH, WA- The abject stupidity of the left knows no bounds, and that was on display once again this past weekend in Sammamish, Washington.

This is where students were prohibited from wearing red, white and blue on the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks because it could be “racially insensitive” and “offensive” to some people.

Really.

Jason Rantz, radio talk show host on KTTH in Seattle tells us in an op-ed that at Eastlake High School in Sammamish, a student leadership group wanted to promote a patriotic theme at a football game which was rescheduled for September 10 after being previously postponed

. Students wanted to do something in remembrance of the terrorist attacks which killed nearly 3,000 Americans, however school staff intervened.

Rantz said he obtained an email in which the principal of the school Chris Bede, (here’s the link to his email, feel free to light him up) said that students wearing those colors could “unintentionally cause offense to some who see it differently,” a stance that apparently upset a number of students.

Some parents speculated the reason the decision was made bore upon the fact that the high school Eastlake was playing is a “majority-minority” high school, Rainier Beach High.

None of the students at Eastlake had yet been born when Islamic terrorists brought down the two towers of the World Trade Center, crashed a passenger jet into the Pentagon, and brought down United 93 in a field in Pennsylvania.

The fact that students recognized the magnitude of that date and wanted to express some patriotism in honor of those who lost their lives was apparently lost on Bede.

As Rantz notes, young people sometimes do not have a grasp of history, and especially now with a whitewashed version of it, even more so. Students expressing pride in their country by wearing red, white and blue clothing being morphed into some kind of “racially insensitive” display is bizarre and is a microcosm of the problems we now have in this country.

The event, which was supposed to be held Friday night wasn’t canceled until Friday morning, when students learned of it during announcements.

“At this point, I was fairly upset and confused as to why the theme was changed so I went around asking students in our leadership,” one student told Rantz.

“They had explained that red, white and blue was going to be seen as racially insensitive and may affect people in a way that we will not understand and for that reason that we were to change our theme.”

One parent said she emailed Bede to ask about why the decision was made and was shocked by his answer.

“Our leadership teachers made this decision and explained it to students,” Bede wrote.

“I know tomorrow is 9/11 and understand the sacrifice and values our flag represents, but I think they just did not want to unintentionally cause offense to some who see it differently.”

Rantz noted that another parent said that Associate Principal Darcie Breynaert had expressed the same sentiment when the parent demanded an explanation for the decision.

Bede and district communications director Shannon Parthemer could not (or would not) explain why anyone would take offense to wearing the colors of the American flag.

That is why some theorized it was because the game’s opponent, Rainier Beach High School’s team and fans might not know the context as to why the colors were being worn and would possibly be offended.

“Since it was not a home game, there was no opportunity to have an announcement about Patriot’s Day and to share why students were dressed in red, white and blue,” Parthemer told Rantz in a statement.

This is of course BS. An announcement could have easily been made at the stadium, or more so could have been made at Rainier Beach the morning of the game. And Rantz obtained a photo of the game showing the Rainier Beach team didn’t have too many fans there in support anyway.

Parthemer told Rantz that there was no implication toward the opposition and said there was one unnamed staff member as being responsible for canceling the patriotic theme.

“We have followed up with the staff member on decision making processes,” Parthemer said.

This sounds like a crock and a means to try and deflect responsibility for the decision from the administration and toward an unnamed staffer.

It would have been rather easy for Bede or any other administrator to countermand the decision, and as Rantz noted, both Bede and his associate principal Breynaert used the exact same language to justify the decision prior the game even taking place.

Rantz reviewed a number of emails and in a few Bede seemed to be surprised by the decision to cancel the patriotic theme, however the announcement still went out Friday morning.

“I understand your perspective and was not looped into this conversation until an hour ago,” he tells a parent.

“I do want to clarify that schools do not have a right to ban students from wearing anything as long as it is not lewd, vulgar, etc. And the theme of red, white and blue would not fit into that category.”

Basically, Bede said that the school canceled the general theme but couldn’t stop students from wearing whatever they wanted to the game.

Several students reached out to Rantz to express their displeasure over the decision. One, Ryan Ware, senior class president and a member of the football team said that students were eager to wear the patriotic-colored clothes and were disappointed by the administration’s decision.

“We disagreed and were extremely disappointed. I couldn’t believe their reasoning,” Ware said.

Yet another student railed against the administration’s apparent hypocrisy on the issue, noting the school likes to portray itself as being inclusive, yet when it comes to representing the country, not so much.

“I was instantly upset and frustrated,” said one student via email.

“If Eastlake is all about including everyone’s beliefs and being together as a ‘family,’ then why are we being told we can’t represent the country we live in? I have seen other [Lake Washington School District] football teams that held a flag or did some sort of memorial recognition towards 9/11, but apparently we weren’t allowed to even wear USA colors.”

One student decided to tell home after the decision was made, telling Rantz:

“I was fairly upset and ended up not attending the game…[It] was really kind of [confusing] as to why the topic was so controversial that we couldn’t wear that clothing,” the student said.

Rantz was told by the parent who got into the email exchange with Bede as being “stunned” by the school’s decision.

“There is always the potential that someone may be offended by something but this decision baffles me,” she wrote.

“I would argue that man more people are by the decision to ban the theme of wearing red, white and blue. If there is one that that has the potential to unite us all, it’s that we are Americans.”

A Facebook page for Eastlake High School parents blew up after the decision, with parents expressing outrage over the move.

“The leadership and equity team decided that since it was against a predominantly Black team the did not want to ‘unintentionally cause offense to some who see (our flag) differently,” one parent said.

Yet another parent agreed:

“Sounds presumptive and condescending to me,’ said another. “In fact, probably racist.”

Law Enforcement Today reached out to Bede for comment but no response was received. 

In case you missed it, back in June Law Enforcement Today reported on a New York Times reporter who was triggered by the number of American flags she saw while on Long Island. For more on that, we invite you to:

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – The New York Times is circling the wagons around a member of its editorial board after she said that she was triggered by trucks displaying the American Flag.

Board member Mara Gay, who is also an MSNBC contributor, sparked fierce backlash on social media Tuesday after saying she was ‘disturbed’ to see American flags flown on pickup trucks in a recent trip to Long Island.

She made the comments during a conversation on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday after host Mika Brzezinski called for an investigation into the January 6 Capitol insurrection.

Gay said she was distressed by the expletives she saw on trucks against President Joe Biden, some trucks had pro-Trump flags, and others just had American Flags.

She said the sight of the American flags “distressed” her because the people flying the flags were alluding to the notion that “This is my country … not your country. I own this”:

“The reality is here that we have a large percentage of the American population — I don’t know how big it is, but we have tens of millions of Trump voters who continue to believe that their rights as citizens are under threat by simple virtue of having to share the democracy with others.

I think that as long as they see Americanness as the same as one with whiteness, this is going to continue.

“I was on Long Island this weekend visiting a really dear friend, and I was really disturbed.

I saw, you know, dozens and dozens of pickup trucks with explicatives (sic) against Joe Biden on the back of them, Trump flags, and in some cases just dozens of American flags, which is also just disturbing … Essentially the message was clear: This is my country. This is not your country. I own this.”

She added that a solution, ‘to get every American a place at the table,’ needed to involve separating ‘whiteness’ from ‘Americanness”:

“As long as they see Americanness as the same, as one with whiteness, this is going to continue. We have to figure out how to get every American a place at the table in this democracy. But how to separate Americanness, America, from whiteness.

“I was on Long Island this weekend visiting a dear friend, and I was really disturbed. I saw, you know, dozens  and dozens of pickup trucks with expletives against Joe Biden, Trump flags, and in some cases, just dozens of American flags, which is also just disturbing.”

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Her comments were attacked and condemned on social media, with posts describing her comments as  “Hateful” and “disturbing.” User Chris Barnett took to Twitter to attack the notion that the American Flag does not represent everyone:

“So… who’s the threat? This is disturbing! American Flags relate to whiteness?  The American flag represents any color or creed of person who legally lives here!”

Another user said her comments made during the news segment were the “scariest” he ever heard:

“This is one of the scariest segments I’ve seen.  ‘We have to separate American-ness from whiteness.’ I don’t know where to begin on that statement. Also, if an American flag disturbs you, you are welcome to live somewhere else.”

Yet another user pointed out that the flags were seen by Gay during Memorial Day weekend when patriotism should be on full display:

“On Memorial Day Weekend, she is disturbed to see Patriotic Americans displaying the American Flag to celebrate and remember those who fought for our freedoms? My question to her is, why wasn’t she? Did she just come to LI for the beaches and BBQ to enjoy her long weekend?”

User Matt Haubrich tweeted that race did not have a place in the discussion:

“Why is skin color even being brought into this discussion? This narrative is disgusting, and they keep peddling it, and Joe’s panel says nothing. I find people who group everyone in boxes very disturbing.”

The New York Times issued a statement defending the editorial board member, saying her comments were taken out of context:

New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay’s comments on MSNBC have been irresponsibly taken out of context.

“Her argument was that Trump and many of his supporters have politicized the American flag. The attacks on her today are ill-informed and grounded in bad-faith.”

Former Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly replied to The New York Times’ explanation:

“Spin away – we heard her loud and clear.”

Gay noticed the backlash to her comments, saying she was being “trolled” as a black journalist:

“I see I’m being trolled with the American flag this morning. Trolling a Black journalist with the American flag is not the own some people think it is.”

Predictably, the tweet received similar backlash. One user replied:

“You are a part of a disturbing amount of people that live in this country who hate this country. Please leave and go anywhere else. There’s a lot of people around the world who would die to live here. We’re not perfect, but damn I’m proud to live in our great country.”

Another user replied by posting a photograph of a flag flying in her garden, and commented about her war veteran husband who voted for President Biden:

“My husband didn’t risk his life in Vietnam or at Ground Zero so some journalist could make assumptions about why he hangs the flag. Flag of United States”

 

 

 

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