A high school in Washington state canceled a 9/11 tribute that had been planned due to fears that it could be racially insensitive and offend some people.
My Northwest reported that students at Eastlake High School in Sammamish wanted to do something special to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks at a football game the day before. That’s why student leadership decided to promote a Patriots Day theme and have students wear red, white, and blue to honor the lives lost on September 11.
School officials, however, intervened. Principal Chris Bede sent out an email to students on Friday morning saying that wearing those colors could “unintentionally cause offense to some who see it differently.”
Students were livid that the tribute was canceled at the last minute.
“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 said. “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.”
When one mother emailed Bede to ask what had happened, she was shocked by her response.
“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.”
The mother said that she was “stunned” by this reasoning.
“There is always the potential that someone may be offended by something, but this decision baffles me,” she wrote in response. “I would argue that many more people are offended by the decision to ban the theme of wearing red, white, and blue. If there is one thing that has the potential to unite us all, it’s that we are Americans.”
Neither Principal Bede nor district communications director Shannon Parthemer ever explained specifically why anyone would be offended by this 9/11 tribute. They also did not say why wearing red, white, and blue would be offensive in any way.
Instead, Parthemer would say that the opposing team would not have any context as to why these patriotic colors were being worn.
“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 said.
Ryan Ware, the Eastlake senior class president and a member of the football team, said that students were very disappointed that their tribute was not permitted to happen.
“We disagreed and were extremely disappointed. I couldn’t believe their reasoning,” he said.
Another unnamed student accused school officials of hypocrisy.
“I was instantly upset and frustrated,” this student said. “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.”
In the current world that we live in, which is pretty much controlled by “woke” liberals, this is unfortunately not a surprise because the left hates this country and wants to dub anything that is patriotic as being offensive.
However, it’s comforting that the young people at this school still seem to love America despite years of brainwashing from their liberal school officials to make them feel otherwise about this great country. That gives us some hope for the next generation of Americans.