“U-S-A!” is a chant of the United States of America’s initials popular in expressing American pride…
It’s pretty shocking that chanting “U-S-A!” would be deemed offensive, but at Vista Del Lago High School in Folsom, California students were warned not to chant “USA!” at events because it could send an ‘unintended message’.
What would the unintended message be – that young people are proud to be American, and dare I say it – that they want to make America great again?
“I think it’s really sad that chanting USA in our country has even become a negative thing,” one parent told CBS 13 in Sacramento.
CBS Sacramento reports:
It’s a popular way to for students to show pride during sporting events and rallies, but school and district officials are now warning students that the chants could appear inappropriate and intolerant.
The chants are now causing chatter campus-wide after school staff brought up the topic to a leadership class.
Folsom Cordova Unified Communications Director Daniel Thigpen said, “To practice empathy, to practice kindness and to practice patriotism. You can do both.”
School officials worry the chants could come across as intolerant and offensive to some, but parents see it differently, as an expression of pride and acceptance.
“I wasn’t angry, but I was definitely like, ‘Why can’t we chant USA?’” said senior Ryan Bernal, “To say USA, you know, we’re all the same. We’re all American. It doesn’t matter what your skin tone is or where you’re from.”
The school’s principal sent out an email to families Wednesday and relayed the same message to students over the school’s P.A. system, clarifying any confusion. She told students and parents that sometimes “We can communicate an unintended message.” She also said USA chanting is welcome, but it may be best to do it at what she says are appropriate times, like following the national anthem or the Pledge of Allegiance.
I believe that most patriotic Americans would agree that chanting “U-S-A!” is not offensive – not only Americans, the chant reverberates everywhere that President Donald Trump appears.
Here is a crowd of 45,000 Americans that went wild for President Trump, chanting “USA!” at a 2017 Boy Scout Jamboree.