DALLAS, Sept. 30 ? A Texas high school has apologized after the school band waved a Nazi flag during a performance on Friday, the start of the Jewish New Year holiday of Rosh Hashana. ?We had an error in judgment,? band director Charles Grissom told the Dallas Morning News.
During a half-time show, a student from Paris High School went running across the field waving a Nazi flag.
At the time, the Blue Blazes band was playing the composition by Franz Joseph Haydn that eventually became known as ?Deutschland Uber Alles.?
Grissom said it was part of a show entitled ?Visions of World War Two,? in which the flags and music were intended to represent the warring nations.
Well, at least they apologized for their “error in judgement.” I don’t think I’m being over-sensitive here; lots of people get mad at the notion of the Confederate flag being waved, and they have a point. Flying the Nazi flag on Rosh Hashana sounds too much like deliberate malice than innocent error to me, and I shave with Occam’s Razor every morning. On the other hand, some people are truly clueless.
Yes, yes, I know we don’t want to ignore what the Germans did by acting as if Nazism didn’t exist. Somehow, though, I think there might have been a different way to celebrate the history of WWII that was a tad less insensitive. Imagine celebrating the 60′s by hosing down all the black students with fire hoses while banjo music tweedles in the background.
(Thanks to Michele at A Small Victory for the pointer)