But this is America…
Administrators at Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, Arizona, have issued a mandate to students about what they can and cannot wear to a football game against rival Marcos de Niza — wear what we approve of or you will not be admitted.
The reason? The school paper reports “the administration decided it was best to avoid any possible offensive connotations the theme would have.”
What constitutes unacceptable clothing choices that could have “any possible offensive connotations”? According to the school paper:
It is the unfortunate truth that if you wear red, white or blue to the game you will not be admitted to the stadium. This is a fact.
But it didn’t end there. In a now deleted tweet, the newspaper staff was asked to be more specific as to what constitutes a violation of banned clothing list, to which the paper’s editors responded:
Hey @CdSSunrise , can you explain why “USA, flags,Trump, etc” are deemed racist and offensive? pic.twitter.com/2NDqkVHJCb
— Mike Mack (@MikeMacck) October 22, 2015
“Anything perceived to be offensive/racist: green, USA, flags, Trump, etc. It’s not the clothing, but the intent behind it,” the quickly deleted tweet read.
The school newspaper responded, though not to the inclusion of Trump or the flag, to a social media explosion over the mandate.