A high school sports conference in Michigan has declared the chant of “USA” to be a form of “bullying” and banned its use during football games.
The decision came after a parent from the “predominately black” Ottawa Hills school felt fans of the “predominantly white” Forest Hills Public Schools were being racist when they waved a Betsy Ross flag and held a Trump for president sign at the game while they chanted “USA.”
OK Conference commissioner Jim Haskins told MLive that he sent an email to school officials across the Grand Rapids area informing them of his decision to ban the chant except for right before and right after the national anthem is played.
“Fans can chant USA before the National Anthem or after it,” he said. “But once you start the game, because of the connotations of what people are looking at, whenever you are using it the second time, it can be used as derogatory, such as U Suck (bleep) and those type of things. That’s what we have the problems with.
“The OK Conference presidents, the AD presidents and principals have decided to avoid any conflict by eliminating it except for the National Anthem. This is supposed to be used to honor our flag, not to degrade somebody else.”
And the ban could extend to Trump signs as well going by Haskins interpretation of what constitutes “bullying.”
“Anything demeaning, whether it’s chanting or signs, will not be allowed,” he said.
Patulski, who is white, really stretched himself to be offended as he cited two things in his letter that he most found offensive.
1. A Trump for President’ flag–a candidate known for his tacit support of racist ideologies that is causing a great deal of concern in minority communities
2. The ‘Betsy Ross’ flag– a piece of history co-opted by white supremacists who see it as a symbol of a time in our nation’s history when slavery was legal
Perhaps what he didn’t realize, or didn’t care about, was that the fans were taking part in one of the school’s many theme nights, this one being “red, white and blue” night according to Forest HIlls Schools Superintendent Dan Behm.
“There was no ill will intended,” Behm told MLive. “To the extent anyone felt harassed or intimidated, that was not the intent.”
But a quick look at the memes Patulski shared on his Facebook page show he is a Hillary supporting liberal and that might be the real reason he was so offended by a Trump sign and pro-American sentiment.
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