Greta Hawkins, principal of PS 90, the Edna Cohen School, won’t allow kindergartners to belt out the beloved Lee Greenwood ballad, also known as “Proud to be an American,” at their moving-up ceremony.
Five classes spent months learning the patriotic song, which skyrocketed in popularity after the 9/11 attacks and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
It was to be the rousing finale of their musical show at the June 20 commencement. The kids, dressed up for their big day, would wave tiny American flags — which, as the lyrics proclaim, “still stand for freedom.”
But Hawkins marched in on a recent rehearsal and ordered a CD playing the anthem to be shut off, staffers said.
She told the teachers to drop the song from the program.
“We don’t want to offend other cultures,” they quoted her as explaining.
There you have it: progressive “patriotism” in a nutshell. Soon we will not be allowed to fly our own flag lest it “offend” our enemies who hate everything it stands for — because those enemies prominently include our liberal ruling class.
Officially, the song is banned because the inspiring lyrics “are not age-appropriate.”
But Justin Bieber’s flirty song about teen romance, “Baby,” was deemed a fine selection for the show. Hawkins had no problem with 5-year-olds singing lines such as, “Are we an item? Girl, quit playing.”
Hawkins has also tried to end the tradition of PS 90 kids reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing “America the Beautiful” each morning, but staff rebelled. She refuses to salute the flag or stand in respect of the ritual.
She has also denounced the school as “racist,” and has proclaimed,
“I’m black. Your previous principal was white and Jewish. More of us are coming.”
Thanks to Affirmative Action, she’s probably right.
On tips from Sean, G. Fox, Spider, Shawn, and Bill T.