The observance at Saturday’s football game was no different. A moment of silence was followed by a military airplane flyover; in between, Block-I students chanted “USA, USA.” This was neither patriotism nor remembrance in any justifiable sense, but politicization, militarism, propaganda and bellicosity. The University is a public institution that encompasses the political views of all, not just the most (falsely) “patriotic.” Athletic planners should cease such exploitation for political purposes. They might at least consider how most Muslim students, American or otherwise, would respond to this nativist display; or better, Muslims and others that live their lives under the threat of our planes, drones and soldiers.
It looks like one of them “cry me a fucking river” situations I keep hearing about. What the moron can’t grok is that this is an American university, on US soil, where citizens of that country are doing nothing more than cheering the name of their country. Do we really need to turn this into a political/hate statement? Is it now wrong to be proud to be an American? What comes next? Are we going to stop singing the Star Spangled Banner because it offends the English?