“We don’t want to offend other cultures.” Translation: "America was
founded by white Europeans and we need to stop reinforcing that idea."They’re proud to be un-American.
City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott is standing behind a Brooklyn principal’s controversial decision to pull the plug on a popular patriotic song that was scheduled to be performed at a kindergarten graduation. (Kindergarten graduation? --Ed.)
PS 90 Principal Greta Hawkins won’t allow the boys and girls to belt out Lee Greenwood’s ballad “God Bless the USA” because it’s not “age appropriate.”
And Walcott yesterday said that’s fine by him.
“It’s her judgment to make that decision,” Walcott said. “It’s
important to reinforce that they start out the morning every day of the
school year with the Pledge of Allegiance and ‘America the Beautiful,’
and that, to me, is what this country is about, and they celebrate that,
and that’s how we should start our day.
“You have to really wonder about some of the lyrics in the song, so I have to rely on the principal’s judgment along that line.”
Walcott was responding to The Post’s story about Hawkins’ unpopular
decision to ditch the ditty after marching in on a rehearsal for the
June 20 moving-up ceremony.
It was replaced on the playlist with Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” a flirty song about teenage romance.
At issue, according to a Department of Education spokeswoman, are
lyrics from the tune’s opening verse: “If tomorrow all the things were
gone/I’d worked for all my life/And I had to start again/with just my
children and my wife.”
They were deemed inappropriate for the 5-year-olds.
Staffers quoted Hawkins as saying, “We don’t want to offend other cultures.”