Eastlake High School in Sammamish, Washington, canceled plans for college students to put on patriotic apparel on 9/11 over issues that sporting pink, white and blue may very well be perceived as “racially insensitive.”
Plans for college students to decorate in a Patriot’s Day theme for a soccer sport at Memorial Stadium have been scrapped on the final minute over complaints by an unnamed staffer.
Although some college students nonetheless dressed up, it was not endorsed or supported by the college.
In an e mail from Principal Chris Bede obtained by KTTH, he said that the colours may “unintentionally cause offense to some who see it differently.”
“Our leadership teachers made this decision and explained it to students,” Bede wrote. “I know tomorrow is 9/11 and understand the sacrifice and values our flag represents, but I think they just did not want to unintentionally cause offense to some who see it differently.”
A number of college students expressed dismay over the choice.
“At this point, I was fairly upset and confused as to why the theme was changed so I went around asking students in our leadership,” one scholar instructed the Jason Rantz Present on KTTH. “They had explained that red, white, and blue was going to be seen as racially insensitive and may affect people in a way that we will not understand and for that reason that we were to change our theme.”
One other scholar stated, “I was instantly upset, and frustrated. If Eastlake is all about including everyone’s beliefs and being together as a ‘family,’ then why are we being told we can’t represent the country we live in? I have seen other [Lake Washington School District] football teams that held a flag or did some sort of memorial recognition towards 9/11, but apparently we weren’t allowed to even wear USA colors.”
KTTH reviews that Affiliate Principal Darcie Breynaert shared the identical assertion with one other mum or dad who demanded a proof.