For some strange reason, every marching band in the Washington D.C. area has refused to participate in President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural parade.
These same students and schools had no problem last month participating in the protests of Mr. Trump’s election.
They were even allowed to skip classes and march all the way to Mr. Trump’s Washington hotel, chanting slogans like, “Love trumps hate,” or “Black lives matter” or “Build bridges, not walls.”
Some of the high schools, when asked for a legitimate reason why they couldn’t participate, had some very interesting excuses.
Ballou High School stated, “The band decided to take a break in January.”
The Lesbian and Gay band association couldn’t perform because of, “Personal safety concerns over Trump supporters” and the band’s board of directors added this:
“While the parade route itself should be a safe zone, we cannot hope to guarantee our safety while traveling, while rehearsing in public or while out and about in the D.C. area during the weekend. All minorities are at risk and any opportunity we give the new administration to co-opt a minority organization will likely be exploited to our detriment.”
Eastern High School just denied comment.
Even Howard University was unavailable, stating they had “budgetary” issues.
The initial deadline for bands to apply to march in the inaugural parade was November 28. That was extended a week, to allow time for more applications to be submitted, but no applications have been received from the D.C. area schools.
Reportedly, there are plenty of Southern bands ready to roll on January 20th, Inauguration day and Vice President elect Mike Pence’s state of Indiana is ready to perform.
— Students4Trump8 (@AnnaAlvarez1992) December 14, 2016
For the first time in 20 years, no Washington DC public school marching band will perform at the inaugural parade.
— MissAnthrope (@LyssAnthrope) December 15, 2016
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