Travelers Rest, South Carolina
We’re not supposed to hold stereotypes, but it seems like our opponents are always begging us to do just that. If you do anything to combat violent crime in the generic, the NAACP will bitch. Even though we’re not supposed to associate black people and crime. If you do anything to break up cartels in the generic, the ADL will bitch, even though we’re not supposed to associate Jews with cartels. If you do anything to counter academic cheating in the generic, this that and the third Asian student association will bitch, even though we’re not supposed to associate Indians (dot not feather) and Chinese with pandemic cheating and test gaming. And after all this, people start to wonder if maybe they should engage in stereotypes and generalities.
School officials’ decision to ban students from displaying the American Flag at a recent football game is creating controversy in a South Carolina school district.
On Friday, Travelers Rest High School principal Lou Lavely banned students from carrying American flags into a football game against Berega High School, because a lot of students at Berega are Hispanic. Lavely contends the American flag could have been used to taunt those students, WNCN reports.
Put the two together, and you can see what I was thinking. That we’re being fed contradictory narratives that Hispanic immigration is as American as the flag, mom, and apple pie, and at the same time, the American flag offends Hispanics.
That’s what I was thinking at first.
But I think the motivation is much more simple and practical.
Whenever I see a school district and its fanatical efforts to enact and enforce policies that would prevent and deter violence or anything that could easily become violence on or close enough to school property or related to school or district employees or students, I infer the invisible fist of the insurance industry being wielded in the background.