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Political Correctness

School: Chanting “USA” is Intolerant

Written by Joe Scudder

A public school in California warned students about how chanting “USA” could offend.

Vista Del Lago High School in Folsom, CA, is not (yet?) banning students from chanting “USA.” But they have put students and parents on notice that it could be offensive to some people. Chanting “USA” can come across as intolerant, they say, and the chant is used against other ethnicities.

What “other” ethnicities? The United States is multi-racial.

CBS13 in Folsom reports, “Folsom School Warns ‘USA’ Chant Could Send ‘Unintended Message’

The school’s principal sent out an email to families, Wednesday and relayed the same message to students over the school’s PA system, clarifying any confusion.

She told students and parents that sometimes “We can communicate an unintended message.” She also said USA chanting is welcome, but it may be best to do it at what she says are appropriate times, like following the national anthem or the Pledge of Allegiance.

School officials worry the chants could come across as intolerant and offensive to some, but parents CBS13 spoke with see it differently, as an expression of pride and acceptance.

Read the full story.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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