By Lynn Woolley
Apparently, it was theme night at a high school basketball tournament – and the theme chosen by Valley High School was Red, White & Blue. But, as we have learned before, foreign nationals who are taking advantage of American hospitality either as immigrants or as refugees sometimes take offense at our patriotism.
The other school, Des Moines North, had players from refugee families.
Those families apparently did not appreciate the USA-themed shirts. So student leaders at Valley High sent a letter of apology to Des Moines North. That’s sad.
The only thing worse than refugees in our country objecting to our colors is when Americans turn around and apologize for it.
Presumably, we let them in because their countries are torn by war and are uninhabitable. For them to object to symbols of our country is disgusting. If they object, they should go home.
But that’s not the way everyone saw it.
Morgan Wheat is an assistant coach at Des Moines North. He noted that the Polars’ team is made up of players who come from refugee families – and therefore, somehow, USA-themed clothes was inappropriate.
“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.”
Valley students had chosen a red, white and blue theme instead of their school colors black and orange.
So here’s what I would say to Coach Wheat:
We put up with a lot in this country. We put up with some high schools forcing American students to turn their USA t-shirts inside out so as not to offend Mexican students on Cinco de Mayo. We put up with massive demonstrations in cities like Los Angles and Dallas where illegals protest our laws and carry Mexican flags. Most of all, we put up with foreign nationals coming to this country to hijack airplanes and fly them into buildings or to blow up city marathons.
The Valley High School student government, apparently immersed in education groupthink, actually hand delivered a letter of apology.
Here’s how it read:
To the Students and Staff of North High School:
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. Congratulations on a wonderful season and we wish you nothing but the best of luck in the future.
Valley High School Student Council Leadership
You wonder how much the administration had to do with this. But, in the age of snowflakes, the students probably were sincere.
Since when do Americans have to apologize for being patriotic?
I stand by my country even when an un-American president like Barack Obama is in office. I still stand and remove my cap for the Star Spangled Banner. I still believe that America, with all its flaws, is the finest nation on earth. Exceptional, if you will allow me have that opinion.
I believe the freedom we offer and the opportunities we present are why people from all over the world want to come here. Let me be clear:
I WILL NEVER APOLOGIZE TO ANYONE FOR BEING PROUD OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
If that offends you – please accept my sincere statement of “I don’t care.” If you’re from somewhere else, and we have welcomed you, be happy you’re here – and that no one forces you to wear the colors of the country that just saved your rear-end. The “refugees” on the Des Moines North team are the ones that should be wearing USA shirts.
Video: Flashback to 2013: AMERICAN STUDENTS KICKED OUT OF SCHOOL IN CALIFORNIA FOR WEARING AMERICAN FLAG T-SHIRTS