A football game at Lakewood High School in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, was intercepted and run into racial politics and partisan grandstanding territory when a voice over the public address system before the game declares that the school would has designated itself an “agent of change” in the battle against “systemic” racism in “society as a whole.”
After the band played the Lakewood alma mater, it then played “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the so-called “black national anthem,” in imitation of the NFL, which is featuring the song this season as part of its official grovel to Black Lives Matter. The announcer added his commentary about how racist the U.S. is, intoning,
“Let us pause and reflect on the inequality that our nation has faced since its beginning. The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Tamir Rice among others remind us of the systemic racism that persists across so many of our nation’s institutions and society as a whole. By acknowledging, discussing, and taking action to address these inequalities, Lakewood City Schools aims to be an agent of change, not only in our community but in the world. We must all take a stand against racism. Let this be the moment when our children someday look back and say, ‘This is when we stood together for change.’”
Sources confirmed that both the school principal and the band director approved the political kick-off.
Despite receiving many complaints from parents and law enforcement over the stunt, the school reportedly will repeat its BLM-themed ritual in future football games but will remove the names of those killed in encounters with police. Absurdly, the school will read a tribute to first responders at halftime as part of a “compromise” with law enforcement.
The new revised speech will provide context for “ the black national anthem” explaining how “Lift Every Voice and Sing” sets “an atmosphere of reverence for the journey of people of color, gratitude for the selfless sacrifices of their ancestors and for the inheritance of indomitability and resilience. The song recognizes these moments as important to moving forward toward hope and faith for a better future and a better America. The song is universally uplifting and speaks to every group that struggles.”
Here are some questions, rhetorical and otherwise:
1. What would you do if your child was involved in a high school sports contest and the school perverted it into a political demonstration? One father who attended the game said afterwards that he would have walked out…if it were not his son’s senior year. Yeah, those are typical priorities all right. It’s an outrage, but not important enough to teach a child that preserving standards and values is more important than a high school football game.
This is how Black Lives Matter and their allied racist extremists are chipping away at American culture, civil society and the rule of law. Nobody, apparently, has the courage and integrity to confront them.
2. Why weren’t all parents infuriated by the politicization of a high school football game? This shouldn’t be a left/right issue: such conduct by a school would be unconscionable regardless of the cause. Yet the parents who are sympathetic to the BLM rhetoric are supportive? Have they ever heard of the Golden Rule? If they would not accept a school similarly pimping for a movement they did not support, then they should understand what’s wrong with what Lakewood High School did.
3. What makes a school administrator think such conduct could possibly be appropriate? Whatever it is, it should disqualify such an administrator for the job.
4. is it possible that this wasn’t cleared first with all the parents in the school as well as all the student players and the school district? If so, everyone who allowed it to go forward is complicit, and students were subjected to oppressive political pressures. If not, heads should roll.
5. Since public schools have proven that they are incapable of performing their primary job of educating students, by what massive attack of hubris can they presume devote their energies to other tasks?
6. Is there anything in that story to make us believe that the school personnel responsible for the fiasco know what they are talking about, other than mouthing false BLM narratives? For example, there is no evidence that the fates of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Tamir Rice, as well as Michael Brown and Jacob Blake among others, had anything to do with racism. Using those names shows either ignorance or a willingness to lie.
7. How can parents trust a school to competently educate their children when the staff’s own critical thinking skills are so obviously flawed?
8. Why would any police officers accept such a hypocritical “compromise”? They’ll call you and your society racist at the start of the game, but it’s OK because they salute you during half-time? Are the school administrators stupid, or do they think the police are stupid? Or ARE the police that stupid?
9. If “Lift Every Voice and Sing” is the “black national anthem,” does that mean that African Americans don’t consider themselves included in the “Star Spangled Banner”? Does that not constitute a divisive, rather than a unifying statement? Doesn’t the term “black national anthem” inherently exclude whites? If football game crowds have to hear about what the “black national anthem” means, shouldn’t the history and meaning of the actual National Anthem also be explained?
10. Finally, who is going to stand up against this perverse, race-based, anti-American indoctrination, and stop it? At very least, this requires,
- Leadership, from those who are skilled, articulate, informed, and not going to dissolve into apologies and tear when they are called “racist.”
- Action. Parents and non-parents alike should make their objections known and unavoidable. They should pull their children out of Lakewood and any school that behaves similarly
- Preparation. Know the facts about the misrepresented police incidents that “remind us of the systemic racism that persists across so many of our nation’s institutions and society as a whole.” How can they remind us of something they don’t represent? When I challenge people on this point, they say, “Do you deny that there isn’t racism in the system?” And I say, “If the problem is as bad as you say, why are you relying on false examples/” They then say, “Well, do you deny that blacks are pulled over by police more than whites are?” You see, they know rioting, violence and attacks on police seem excessive if the complaint is police stops, so instead, they need deaths. But there aren’t many examples of police harming blacks out of racist motives, no where near enough to justify the rhetoric.
- Confrontation. This is indoctrination, not education. It represents edicts, not democratic debate. Don’t let them get away with it. This is your country and your society too, and your children. Make certain there are consequences, long and short-term, of unilateral bully tactics like the high school’s, and let everyone know that the consequences will be severe and inescapable.