By reading the headline you know what song was banned but can you guess what song was allowed in it’s replacement? It begins with a B and ends with an Er. If you guessed Justin Bieber you are probably just as stunned as us!
A principal at a school located in Coney Island named Greta Hawkins banned, “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood because, “We don’t want to offend other cultures.” This quote was obtained by the NY Post on their exclusive story on this piece.
It all took place when graduating kindergarten students were rehearsing for their big day to take place on June 20th, 2012. The coordinated plan had been going on for several months and included five separate classes in the PS 90 Edna Cohen School.
When the final touches were being put on the peformance with the students rehearsing their singing of the song the principal came in and asked for the song to be turned off. The teachers putting on them performance and coordinating the graduation ceremony were told to remove the song from the event.
The New York Post got a statement from the Department of Education that Greta Hawkins felt the lyrics to the song were, “too grown up” for the kindergarten aged students. The story seemed to have changed to offending cultures to grown up lyrics. With everyone scratching their heads it was really hair raising when a different song was allowed instead of the patriotic song.
Justin Bieber’s “Baby” hit song was allowed in the graduation ceremony. While this song probably wouldn’t offend cultures it does seem to have some grown up issues in the lyrics. The lyrics of the Justin Bieber song read as follows:
You want my love, You want my heart
And we would never, ever, ever be apart
Are we an item? Girl quit playin’
We’re just friends, What are you sayin’?
Said there’s another as you look right in my eyes
My first love, broke my heart for the first time.
Parents and teachers are pretty confused by the whole thing. One teacher in charge of the song said that, “God Bless the USA” gave most kids goosebumps & teary-eyed feelings. This isn’t the first time that Ms. Hawkins has had issues with other teachers and the school district.
Ms. Hawkins was reprimanded by the Department of Education in 2010 after she called the school racist and was labeled a tyrant & bully by people working at the school. Ms. Hawkins told other staffers, “I’m black. Your previous principal was white and Jewish. More of us are coming.”
Not everyone disagrees with the principal however as we have found. One site called The SOP said, “God Bless the principal for not allowing the kindergartners to sing “God Bless the USA” at their graduation ceremony.” Apparently they feel that Lee Greenwood’s patriotic song is an insult to every nation on Earth.
We’re not afraid to let that song hang out in all it’s glory on Z6Mag. Enjoy Lee Greenwood’s song below: