June 4, 2012
Ms. Beth Lubeck
320 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
I am aware that you made a decision to cut the song, “God Bless the USA,” from the Kindergarten graduation ceremony. I am also aware, and feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, that this decision was based upon the complaints of 10-15% of the Kindergarten parents, who protested against the “violence” contained in the lyrics.
Last year, without any problems, this song was sung at the same event. What made you change your mind? I believe it was nothing more than caving in to “political correctness.” How dare you arbitrarily decide that the song was offensive and should be removed? Why didn’t you do the fair thing and send a memo home to the great majority of Kindergarten parents who should have had the opportunity to voice their opinion, just as the protesting parents did?
Have you ever listened to the lyrics? The song mentions “the men who died” and of course, it refers to the military. THAT’S VIOLENT? Violence is Hitler killing six million innocent people; violence is a hatred-filled group flying jets into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. Did you even consider this before you pandered to a few iconoclasts who don’t believe in “nationalism” or songs that “promote war?” Read the attached lyrics, and then tell me how offensive they are. And you can tell the 10% for me that the song is about cherishing our freedom and loving our country. If they find that offensive, they are more repulsive than I thought.
The attached list of signatures are parents, grandparents, other relatives, and community residents (yes, other groups exist in the community YOU serve) who find this whole situation disgraceful and unacceptable. We are all appalled by the callousness of your decision, and strongly question your judgment, your leadership abilities, and your sense of responsibility to all the parents of your students.
I hope you will address this matter with all the parents; they deserve an explanation.
Vera Galasso Badamo
cc: District 14 Superintendent
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