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For those of us born and raised in the United States, who would ever think that people would get upset…ok, offended because Texas students began shouting, “USA! USA!” after their team won the High School basketball game against Edison, a team of minority players.  I didn’t call them minorities, the media and others have, but why?  They are Americans!
The racist card is now played against those chanting, “USA! USA!”, and now the national debate is on whether we should be shouting, “USA! USA!”  Why?  According to KSAT-TV, San Antonio School District officials stated the chant was deemed racist because it emphasized the racial differences between the two teams.  Technically, if there are minorities, there ARE differences.  There is nothing wrong with that!  No two people are the same.  No two teams are the same.  No two countries are the same.
Certain sectors in society would like us to think we’re all the same, all on the same level, and that’s a lie.  That will never happen.  Differences are a part of life!  Differences keep things interesting.  Without differences, without uniqueness, what happened to our individuality, our stations in life?  The delusional ideas of a level playing field or fairness for all will never happen.  Life is not a level playing field, and life will never be fair.
The racist term began to be hurled at those Texas students who were shouting, “USA! USA!”, and Leslie Price, a spokeswoman for the school district said, “This is very disrespectful to our students.”
I respectfully disagree with her point of view.  It’s disrespectful to try and shut down shows of any patriotic enthusiasm, whether it offends others or not. Apologies have now been given.  Why?  This is the USA!  If the enemy of political correctness continues to have its way, we might as well stay home and shut up. How ridiculous!
Please stop the nonsense! Most Americans don’t live in a minority frame of mind, and we shouldn’t let others make us look at others as minorities. I’m white, and I don’t view my Spanish daughter or grandchildren as minorities in any sense of the word.  They are me.  I am them.  We are Americans.
It might do our country some good to hear, “USA! USA!” shouted from the rooftops, and it might be just as good to get over ourselves!


4 Responses to USA! USA!

  1. sejehh March 12, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Now this may be PC, but I believe Leslie Price is still trying to pick up turds by the clean end. Tsk, tsk, tsk~

  2. Steve March 12, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    The political correctness that we are suppose to be subject to is a bunch of crap. We should be proud to be Americans and it should not matter what team it is. We are all AMERICANS. I think it come from our leaders (president) going around apologizing all over the world for America. I think this will change when we get someone in the White House who truly wants to make this country great again instead of trying to bring it down.

  3. @TeriJTippey March 12, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Surely you jest, sejehh! :-)

  4. @TeriJTippey March 12, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Steve, I agree … sometimes it feels we're walking through a land full of land mines instead of walking in freedom. I can tell that some people are 'afraid' to say certain things-that shouldn't be. Fear is suffocating many, and I hope to see that change.

    Again, you're right, and the underlying premise of my writing–we are "all" Americans. Different, yes; as it should be, and we need to be proud of our differences. But we're also the same-Americans.


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