It appears that even honoring our first responders at all is now deemed a microaggression of some sort. That is what we learned when social justice warriors began to complain after a New Jersey high school held a ceremony honoring police, soldiers and other first responders before a recent football game.
School officials thought it would be a great idea to hold the “Salute to the U.S.A.” ceremony honoring police and first responders before the Shore Conference game between topped ranked Middletown South and Toms River North high school football teams.
The ceremony was organized by Middletown police Deputy Chief Stephen Dollinger and featured State Police Pipes and Drums of the Blue and Gold, state and local mounted units, soldiers from all service branches, along with representatives of other nearby police agencies, according to NJ.com.
The chief reason for the ceremony was to honor a local officer who was wounded in a shoot out with terror suspect Ahmad Khan Rahimi, who is accused in the bombings seen earlier this year in Seaside Park, Elizabeth and New York City.
But immediately some began to complain about the event calling it a “frightening message.”
The ACLU of New Jersey quickly condemned the event.
Jasmine Crenshaw, an organizer with the ACLU-NJ, called the whole event a “frightening message” that tells citizens that police won’t tolerate protests over police violence.
The ACLU sent a letter to the school district protesting the event.
“As initially described, the event appeared to honor police officers, veterans, service members, and first responders,” the ACLU wrote in a letter. “According to press reports, however, the event is being used to intimidate and ostracize people who express their views about systemic racism and social just.”
“Law enforcement officers are sworn to protect the constitution, and it is a disservice to the students and players that an event that should focus on them, their families, and their communities is being used to send a message that people who express concerns about disparities in the criminal justice system are unwelcome, disloyal or unpatriotic,” the letter added.
Chief Dollinger was shocked by the claims in the ACLU letter.
“This is just about honoring our country and the men and women of law enforcement and first responders,” the chief said. “That’s all this is about.”
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