Fort Collins High's 'Merica Day: A USA tribute, an insult to patriots or media knee-jerking?
We're all familiar with how quickly small matters can become national controversies these days -- and the twists, turns and craziness around a Fort Collins High School spirit week proposal for what was originally called "'Merica Day" is a case in point. The school initially rejected the idea for a variety of reasons that are getting more unclear with each passing hour. But after Fox News and other conservative outlets cried foul, it's been reinstated, albeit as "America Day," with that missing "A" in place. How did the event become so politicized? The usual way....
Videos and more below.
According to the Fort Colins Coloradoan, assorted FCHS student council members say their proposal for "'Merica Day" was originally nixed by administrators because they felt it would exclude international students.
The council then countered by suggesting "My Country Monday." But members maintain that, too, was given a thumbs-down...at least until the story began to get traction among conservative media types such as Fox News commentator Todd Starnes, who wrote a blistering piece about the issue entitled "You Can't Celebrate America, School Says."
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Also highly offended by the supposed ban was Alex Jones, of Infowars.com fame. Here's a video of his invective, including his pronunciation of "'Merica Day" as what sounds like "Mercy-a Day."
At that point, the spinning began in earnest. Below, we've reproduced a statement from the Poudre School District in its entirety. But among officials' explanations for not going along with the idea in the first place was that "Merica is a slang term that is often used in a negative, stereotypical way to describe life in the United States."
This claim definitely has merit: Plenty of folks in recent years have roughened up their voices and declared, "'Merica!" as a way of mocking ultra-patriots whose love of country seems to have crossed the line into mania. And the idea that FCHS students actually wanted to make fun of loving America rather than salute it has been given credence in some quarters. Here's one Facebook post we found that expresses this viewpoint:
The term 'Merica' is used when people make fun of 'rednecks' and 'hicks' and typically is shown online with fat, slovenly, Americans.... And the students planned this. They were hoping to get it through and then have entire day dedicated to trashing Americans.... Then the adults came out and said the ban was to keep from offending foreigners for us celebrating our country...then they backpedaled again and said they figured out the 'Merica' plan and made them change the name and do it right....Continue for more about the "'Merica Day" controversy, including photos and video.
It's a huge, sad mess and commentary on what type of children this town is raising and what they're learning about America from our public schools/teachers, their parents and the community.
THIS is what leftist indoctrination in our public school system creates. Just think for a moment what things would be like if these selfish, self-absorbed, elitist, spoiled children did something kind and good for America???