A Washington state high school canceled a student-run football game tribute to 9/11 victims because it was allegedly prejudiced against people belonging to another race.
Eastlake High School officials made a last-minute decision to call off the spectacle because the proposed red, white, and blue attire might be considered “racially sensitive and offensive to some people.”
“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,” one organizer said according to the New York Post. “For that reason we were to change our theme.”
Principal Chris Bede blamed teachers for the hasty move, and insists every responsible student was fully explained the rationale behind not remembering lives lost in America’s biggest terrorist attack.
“Our leadership teachers made this decision and explained it to students,” Bede said in an email to parents obtained by the paper. “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.”
No current student was born when al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked commercial airplanes and crashed into New York City’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and a field in Shanksville, Pa. They simply had a keen interest in exploring national history and how it shaped modern America.
“If Eastlake is all about including everyone’s beliefs and being together as a ‘family,’ then why are we being told we cannot represent the country we live in?” another student said according to the paper. “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 were not allowed to even wear U.S.A. colors.”
Another student was so disappointed, he lost interest in the game as a whole.
“I was fairly upset and ended up not attending the game,” the student said. “[It] was really kind of [confusing] as to why the topic was so controversial that we could not wear that clothing.”
BL understands the school’s decision could have been influenced by left-leaning policies like critical race theory, which critically examines the law and challenges mainstream liberal approaches to racial justice.