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  • University of Illinois Administrator Offended by Chants of "U-S-A, U-S-A"

    On the anniversary of September 11, students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign joined with Americans across the country in holding an observance of the tragedy that rocked our nation 9 years ago. It was at this event that some students crossed the line, according to a letter to the editor submitted by a university administrator and published in the student paper last week. What was their offense? They dared to show pride in their country.

    Administrator David Green’s letter reads exactly like the shrill, anti-American prose we’ve come to expect from some members of academia:

    The vast majority of 9/11 observances in this country cannot be seen as politically neutral events. Implicit in their nature are the notions that lives lost at the World Trade Center are more valuable than lives lost in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and elsewhere; that the motives of the 9/11 attackers had nothing to do with genuine grievances in the Islamic world regarding American imperialism; and that the U.S. has been justified in the subsequent killing of hundreds of thousands in so-called retaliation.

    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.

    The overwhelmingly white, privileged, Block-I students should be ashamed of their obnoxious, fake-macho, chicken-hawk chant, while poverty-drafted members of their cohort fight and die in illegal and immoral wars for the control of oil. University administrators need to eliminate from all events such “patriotic” observances, which in this country cannot be separated from implicit justifications for state-sponsored killing.

    Mr. Green’s tirade is like a cornucopia of just about every liberal screed imaginable. America as imperialists? Yep. Ignorantly slamming our military’s demographics? Of course. Blood for oil? You betcha.

    The irony of course is that it is Mr. Green that is politicizing the event, not these students. Not to mention the irony of calling for tolerance while blasting your colleague’s patriotism as “fake” and suggesting that American Muslim students are somehow less patriotic than their peers.

    Elsewhere in the University of Illinois system, word came yesterday that retired University of Illinois at Chicago professor Bill Ayers was denied “emeritus” status in a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees. This after Board Chairman Christopher Kennedy, son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, protested granting the title to a man who dedicated one of his books, in part, to his father’s assassin, Sirhan Sirhan. After playing host to a well-known terrorist like Bill Ayers and an administrator offended by displays of patriotism, it is understandable why so many Americans view academia as out-of-touch and fear for their children’s taxpayer-funded education.

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    17 Responses to University of Illinois Administrator Offended by Chants of "U-S-A, U-S-A"

    1. Camden, IN says:

      I listened to this guy on the Michael Medved show Wednesday afternoon. What a pompous, self-righteous jackass he was, not to mention incredibly ignorant. He is an "Academic Professional", whatever that is…in his own words he is not a professor or and administrator, which means he's not tenured. I encourage every level-headed parent of a U of I student to write and demand that he be fired, why should parents allow their easily influenced young adults be exposed to someone like this.

    2. Bobbie says:

      What a blatant hypocrite of tolerance. Unbelievable! How dare this pathetic piece of political poop, defend the guilty.and their fragile feelings. If you're in the USA you tolerate it, unless your guilty!!!! USA USA USA

    3. HawkWatcher, Mi. says:

      I'm glad that Mr. Green's way of thinking is not mainstream, and never will be. We can replace nutjobs at many public universities. We must work hard to vigilantly elect the right people to the right positions, year after year. Every reader who's disturbed by Green's letter should immediately send campaign money to a conservative. There's a ton of them running nationwide.

    4. Dan says:

      What is with this man? If you don't like our citizens showing pride in their country then why don't you get on a plane, and fly across the ocean and live somewhere else, preferably in a country that doesn't give the freedoms that we have here. I can't believe that anyone would feel that students and fans chanting USA is political. Well it is his right to have his opinion as afforded him by our constitution, but he can be fired, layed off, terminated, however you want to put it. I am tired of listening to the political crap from both sides. When will everyone realize that we are Americans first, before we are Democrats or Republicans. Until our leaders start thinking that way we are going to continue to flounder. People like this administrator need to pull the blanket off of their head and see things for what they are.

    5. John Frei, Washingto says:

      I attempted to write a letter to the Daily Illini in response to Mr. Green's letter, but I couldn't get the CAPTCHA to be accepted. How could they know I was a conservative? Anyway, I'll post it here:

      "The letter authored by David Green, "University Academic Professional" (what is that?) was very illuminating. For those students pressed for time and needing a Cliff's Notes version of his missive, I offer this condensed listing of his position:

      Paragraph 1:The United States is an imperialist country, the 9/11 attacks were justified, and we have no right to defend ourselves or retaliate for attacks against us.

      Paragraph 2:Anyone who dares to chant the words "USA, USA" in public is trying to fake patriotism and really only wants to start another war.

      The "University is a public institution that encompasses the political views of all", except if you chant "USA, USA" in public.

      Before attempting to demonstrate any sort of pride in their country, citizens of the USA, USA must make sure that no one will be offended by it.

      Paragraph 3:Not only did some members of the University dare to chant "USA, USA", some of the them even had the audacity to be WHITE, and even more offensive, PRIVILEGED.

      Conclusion: Any and all demonstrations that even hint at positive views of the USA, USA must be eliminated from the campus of the University of Illinois, located in the USA, USA.

      I hope this is helpful.

      Regards,

      John Frei

      Washington, DC

      USA, USA"

    6. Pennypatt,OH says:

      How rude and nutty of an administrator at a public (govt) institution to display such anti-govt. sentiment. Maybe he should be out in the business world, trying to earn his way in life, without the above-average pay and benefits he now enjoys? That might teach HIM a thing or two about loyalty and humility, rather than thinking himself above reproach.

    7. Sudy in Florida says:

      A copy of this letter should be mailed to the home of every single student attending that university. Surely a conservative group has the funds to buy postage for such an effort. Major heck should be raised over this deranged sounding professional far leftie. He works with kids..some of whom he obviously hates. That is dangerous.

    8. Frank Schulte, Ocean says:

      YOU are the problem with our Country, the USA!! Your "feelings" about 9/11 are so misguided and false I cannot even make a coherent response. I am glad that my children did NOT go to the U Illinois and I can assure you that my grandchildren will NOT attend.

      Frank Schulte

      Oceanside, CA

    9. kevin tampa says:

      is this guy nuts or just an A–hole? I'm proud to be an ugly american the only deaths i'm concerned with in the places mentioned are the brave amercians doing the dirty job of trying to make us safe. i'd rather fight them there than here.if people are so concerned with civilian deaths over there the let their governments put an end to the terrorist threats themselves i for one would welcome that. as for chanting USA USA perhaps oue esteemed professor (what a joke) should join in, as this is where he earns a living (obviously over paid) and raises a family, though i can't imagine what kind of offspring this idiot could produce. in parting let me add i hope i didn't hurt his feelings or offend him.USA< USA………..heh heh

    10. Pam, MD says:

      I think this man's job is a privilege that he has possibly jeopardized?

      A lesson that should be taught in all schools . . and colleges!

      Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock , did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of her classroom.

      When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks. 'Ms. Cothren, where are our desks?'

      She replied, 'You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.'

      They thought, 'Well, maybe it's our grades.'

      'No,' she said.

      'Maybe it's our behavior.'

      She told them, 'No, it's not even your behavior..'

      And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom.

      By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in Ms.Cothren's classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.

      The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the deskless classroom, Martha Cothren said, 'Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he/she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you.'

      At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it.

      Twenty-seven (27) U.S. Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand

      along the side the wall. By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.

      Martha said, 'You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it's up to you to sit in them.. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. Don't ever forget it.'

      By the way, this is a true story. Martha Cothren is the daughter of a WW2 POW.

      Please consider passing this along so others won't forget that the freedoms we have in this great country were earned by U. S. Veterans.

    11. DanJ1, Suburban Detr says:

      Apparently this guys name is Webster because he seems to think that he gets to define the word "patriotism".

      The third paragraph had my blood boiling. My guess is that Mr. Green never served his country, never had a child or family member who served, never knew anyone who's child died proudly for his freedom to say this trash, and never had a family member or friend die at the hands of a terrorist.

      Students can't sing the National Anthem at the Lincoln Memorial. Students can recieve copies of the Constitution and Bill of Rights along with conservative articles in southern Florida universities, and students can't express thier pride by chanting U-S-A at a ball game.

      This all began, in my mind, when Obama took off the American flag lapel pin.

      Heritage needs to do a study on this "new patriotism" and soon.

      I worry for my high school and college age students.

    12. chuck says:

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    13. chuck says:

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    14. chuck says:

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    15. Luke Changet, Ohio S says:

      This man's opinion is disgusting, close-minded, and irrational. How can he honestly think that 9/11 remembrances value American lives more than others? just because we have a date to be remembered, does not mean that we have a superiority complex. I mourn for all the lives of innocents lost in all wars, and I also participate in 9/11 ceremonies. 9/11 was the most vicious and deliberate attack on innocents in modern (possibly all of) human history. It targeted only innocents, and had no strategic value for any military. It only makes sense that we should remember this event.

      I don't know what "political purpose" this "demonstration" had. As a member of Block O at Ohio State I have taken part in many "USA, USA" chants, and each time the entire student section joined in, not just the "most patriotic". YOU might consider how Americans respond to the burning of American flags by extremest Muslims, and ask yourself, which is worse?

      All of this being said, I must point out that, from a political standpoint, I am extremely left-wing, even by European standards, and I do not condone his letter in the slightest. I beg my fellow Americans who are conservatives to PLEASE not take this man as an example of Liberals, as (I hope I speak for all of us) we find him just as disgusting and ill-mannered as the rest of you.

    16. Curt, Alabama says:

      David Green…..you need to pack up your sh*t and leave this country NOW! Do not let our so called illegal wars and our (hated by you) military protect you for one minute longer. I will personally help get your sh*t moved and gone from this country. Just think, you would no longer have to listen to chants of USA, USA, USA. I know the national pride makes you throw up in your mouth about as much as you make everyone else want to move your sorry @ss out of this God blessed country. Since you hate our American imperialism, you should move your sorry @ss to Cuba. I'm sure you would not have to hear chants of USA USA since all of the people there are trying to find a way to get to our American soil. I;ve never heard of any Americans building home made rafts to float to Cuba, or haiti, or any other country for that matter. Oh I forgot, it's not illegal to come and go from our country. That is because we are free, due to our great military soldiers protecting our way of life. You David Green are a complete embarrassment to the University of Illinois, the State of Illinois, your family, your parents, and yourself. Please go just shoot yourself. Oh that would be a waste of a good bullet. Just go jump off a cliff you worthless dirt bag!!! USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA!!!!!!!

    17. Brett O'Reilly, says:

      ***9/11 was the most vicious and deliberate attack on innocents in modern (possibly all of) human history. It targeted only innocents, and had no strategic value for any military.***

      This cannot be a serious assertion.

      By any stretch of imagination, the phrase "modern history" encompasses at the very least the last 70 years. Without question in any sane person's mind, the most vicious and deliberate attack(s) on innocents in modern history took place behind the gates of places known variously as Auschwitz-Berkinau, Sobibor, Treblinka, Majdanek, Chelmno & Belzec. The people cold-bloodedly slaughtered in these places were all innocent, and their deaths had no strategic value for the Wehrmacht.

      Seems to me someone's patriotism of the immediate moment has resulted in their losing their sense of reality. Either that, or their education has somehow been deficient in relation to learning about "that tiny event" from the middle of the 20th century called The Holocaust. Sorry, but 9/11 isn't a scratch on the surface of the worst that various innocents from around the world have suffered in modern history. To begin to suggest such, does no favours to the USA's image for outsiders looking in. The word that comes to mind in such an instance is narcissism – "our deaths are more valuble than those of foreigners, so our event must be the worst ever endured". If not for narcissism, how could such an assertion even be thought, let alone written down?

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