A Michigan school district is calling the historic “Betsy Ross” flag a symbol of hate and profusely apologizing after students displayed it at a recent high school football game.
During a football game on Sept. 9th between predominantly white Forest Hills Central High School and predominantly black Ottawa Hills High School, as Todd Starnes reports, Forest Hills students waved a “Betsy Ross” flag as well as a pro-Donald Trump banner.
“You can’t deny the overt, intentional racism and intimidation,” said Briana Urena-Ravelo, co-founder of the Grand Rapids Black Lives Matter group. “For these white kids from a white school to bring out a flag of the colonies with the ‘Make America Great Again’ Trump flag to a game with black students on the field, it’s all very obvious."
Obvious that they are patriots, perhaps, but intentionally racist? Where is the connection?
At least one parent was “shocked” to hear students chanting “USA” and wearing red, white and blue. Another parent responded with a scathing Facebook diatribe accusing students of “brandishing these symbols of nationalism and white supremacy.” Forest Hills Public Schools Superintendent Daniel Behm wrote a letter to parents lecturing folks in the district about their “privilege” and apologizing to the inner city school. “To wave a historical version of our flag, that to some symbolizes exclusion and hate, injects hostility and confusion to an event where no one intended to do so."
Whether our privileges are derived from the circumstances of our birth, our race, our geography, our work, or our wealth, our blind privileges can produce a poverty of perspective and understanding. Injecting partisan politics into a community football game and into a commemoration of the events of September 11th is inappropriate. Parading our current United States flag in a manner that is inconsistent with proper etiquette is disrespectful to all who have served our nation.
As Todd Starnes notes, students were wearing red, white and blue to commemorate the 9/11 attacks on our nation -- on all of us, not just white people. That's not racist, and neither is the Betsy Ross flag or a “Make America Great Again” banner. In addition, there are no reports of students using any sort of derogatory or racially offensive language.
So where is the racism? Where is the white supremacy, the exclusion, the hate, the hostility? Oh, that's right, only in the minds of Black Lives Matter racists.