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Phillipsburg Housing Authority/NYC Public School Seem to Have Problem with Show of Patriotism [POLL]

Youtube screenshot Greta Hawkins
Youtube screenshot Greta Hawkins

A couple of weeks I told you about the story
of the Phillipsburg woman who wanted to hang an American flag from the balcony of the apartment she rented from the Phillipsburg Housing Authority, only to be told; among other things, that it would give others the right to fly Nazi flags and things of the like.

It only gets better.

Living in the great Northeast and known for being a bastion of the “blue”; we find that one elementary school principal won’t allow the singing of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The USA”, because, according to a local report:

When the kindergartners at P.S. 90 in Coney Island graduate later this month, there will by no performance of “Proud to Be an American” a popular and patriotic Lee Greenwood song as well as “God Bless the USA.”

Luz Lozada said the principal, Greta Hawkins, canceled the song because she didn’t quote – “want to offend other cultures.”

The children will sing, though, “Shake Your Sillies Out” by Raffi and “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” from the movie “Toy Story” and the Justin Bieber song, “Baby.”

“Which is also a grownup song, it’s about teenage love, so…,” added Lozada.

The Department of Education spoke on the Hawkins’ behalf and said her decision doesn’t have to do with patriotism, but rather with being age-appropriate.

And this reportadds that

City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott is standing behind a Brooklyn principal’s controversial decision to pull the plug on a popular patriotic song that was scheduled to be performed at a kindergarten graduation.

PS 90 Principal Greta Hawkins won’t allow the boys and girls to belt out Lee Greenwood’s ballad “God Bless the USA” because it’s not “age appropriate.”

And Walcott yesterday said that’s fine by him.

“It’s her judgment to make that decision,” Walcott said. “It’s important to reinforce that they start out the morning every day of the school year with the Pledge of Allegiance and ‘America the Beautiful,’ and that, to me, is what this country is about, and they celebrate that, and that’s how we should start our day.

“You have to really wonder about some of the lyrics in the song, so I have to rely on the principal’s judgment along that line.”

Staffers quoted Hawkins as saying, “We don’t want to offend other cultures.”

No one says you have to sing “God Bless the USA”, but to drop it saying that to sing it would offend other cultures; or is not age appropriate is pure and utter “caca de vaca”; as they may say in other cultures!

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