INSANE: High School Students Dump U.S.A. Theme, Apologize For Offending Refugee Families

Remember when you were required to take civics classes so you learned the theoretical and practical aspects of citizenship?

Remember when saluting the flag and being proud of your country was considered standard operating procedure and the idea of living anywhere else but this great country would have seemed anathema to you?

It used to be that the thought of offering apologies for being patriotic about the United States would have seemed the most awful ingratitude for living in our blessed country.

Not anymore.

On March 8, students at Valley High School in Iowa wore U.S.A.-themed gear while attending the high school’s basketball game against Des Moines North High School. Parents and students from Valley High had worn such gear before at games against other teams, according to local news source KCCI, but this time the fans of Des Moines North High School protested that the gear was offensive, arguing that Des Moines North was “a more diverse school” and some of their students came from refugee families.

So what happened next?

A group of student leaders from Valley hand-delivered a note of apology to North’s principal, reading:

It has been brought to our attention that the decision by the Valley High School student section to wear U.S.A. apparel at our game last night was offensive to members of your community and fan base. We are deeply sorry if we have offended anyone in any way. We have traditionally dressed in such a fashion for great games such as the one last night. Everyone here at Valley has immense respect not only for your team and players but for your community as a whole. Please know that our intent was in no way to offend or demean—just to support our own team in a way we have done before.

Des Moines North sophomore DeNasja Spencer told KCCI, “A lot of people were very upset about it. Even if that was their theme for the game, I feel like they should have switched that because everyone knows North is a more diverse school.”

North’s assistant coach, Morgan Wheat, told WHO-TV.com, “Everything just blows up after the game and I’m still hearing about it this morning. Any normal person, any educated person can look at that and think, ‘What the hell are these kids thinking?’ Kids are kids, I get it, but I do have questions. I want to know why.”

It used to be that the thought of offering apologies for being patriotic about the United States would have seemed the most awful ingratitude for living in our blessed country.

According to WHO, the North High School basketball team is “filled with players who come from refugee families.”

So if that’s true, and refugees were offended by the sight of U.S.A.-themed gear, why the hell did they come here?

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