"God Morning" Nationalism: The New N-Word

The Superintendent of Schools in the OK Conference in Western Michigan recently banned the presentation of the Betsy Ross American flag and chants by students and fans of ‘USA’ during high school sports games because they were supposedly offensive symbols of racial hatred. Many people have been left scratching their heads at this seemingly bizarre display of political correctness and wondering, quite appropriately, since when did patriotism and nationalism become the new ‘N-word?’

School superintendent Dan Behm initially defended the students’ activities, citing an annual display of the colors red, white and blue in conjunction with the schools’ commemoration of the 9-11 terrorist attacks; sounds innocuous enough. Some students however, also, displayed Donald Trump campaign flags alongside their American flags, obviously promoting a partisan political agenda that extended beyond a display of patriotism.