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Friday, December 23, 2016

CT school bans word ‘white’ from game cheers: ‘Given current social climate’

[Source] A Connecticut principal is siding with political correctness over school spirit by injecting race relations into a student chant.

Students at East Hampton High school have chanted “blue” and “white” – school colors – for years, but principal John Fidler thinks the word “white” could be construed as racist, so he posted a notice that the cheer is “under suspension,” WFSB reports.

Students, of course, immediately sounded off on social media.

“ … this stuff has me outraged they are trying to take a simple chant that our school has done for years and years,” Jordan Michnowicz posted to Facebook. “They are trying to make it about race.”

Student Brandon Kochuk pointed out that “the seniors all they say is white. They don’t say white power or anything involving race they are just saying white.”

Fidler thinks the word “white” alone is offensive to some folks.

“Given the current social climate across our country, our use of the ‘white’ cheer is under suspension,” he wrote in a notice ahead of the winter sports season. “Please show your pride in our town and in our school through other means when cheering on our teams.”
Students who spoke with WFSB think the order is ridiculous.

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