A high school in the birthplace of the American Revolution has decided “American Pride” is out of fashion.
And some students aren’t happy about it.
Lexington High School in Lexington, Mass., the town that with Concord saw the first actual fighting between American colonists and British regulars in April 1775. Its mascot is the Minuteman, the symbol of American individualism fighting for the collective good.
But “American Pride” is a little too exclusive to be the theme of a school dance, administrators decided. The dance, scheduled for April 10, will now be themed “National Pride.”
As Assistant Superintendent Carol Pilarski explained, the impetus for the change didn’t come from any of the students. It was the school staff who had a problem with “American Pride.”
“Given the diverse demography of our community it was suggested by the advisers that the students come in maybe national pride theme so they could represent their individual nationalities,” she said.
Actually, this being America, their “individual nationalities” already are all included – e pluribus unum and all that. And the students, God bless them, seem to know it better than their teachers.
One student, Ethan Embry, branded the move “hypersensitivity to political correctness.” Another, Sneha Rao, said it was hard to understand.
“People consider America to be a melting pot,” she said, “so the fact that it was even considered offensive is what people are a little surprised about.”
Naturally, Twitter opinions were even stronger.
Or it just proves that in Obama’s America, times have changed.
— Jo (@timeforgravy) March 22, 2015
Maybe in 2016.
H/T: The Blaze
UPDATE: After national publicity and students protests, the dance will go on with its original theme of “American Pride,” according to Boston.com. Now, those kids having something to be proud of.
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