O/T School Marching Band Brandishes Large Hammer and Sickle â€” Why?
School Marching Band Brandishes Large Hammer and Sickle â€” Why?
A Pennsylvania school marching band is under fire for a performance reportedly commemorating the Russian Revolution, in which they waved a large hammer and sickle during halftime. Photos show the students wearing military-style uniforms, with bright red belts.
Todd Starnes wrote on the Fox News Radio website:
â€śSt. Petersburg: 1917â€ť [was] the theme for the New Oxford High School Marching Band [performance]. Ironically, the schoolâ€™s athletic teams are called the Colonials and their colors are red, white and blue. The bandâ€™s website features a picture of the group with students holding a hammer and sickle.
â€śThere is no reason for Americans to celebrate the Russian revolution,â€ť said one irate parent who alerted Fox News. â€śI am sure the millions who died under Communism would not see the joy of celebrating the Russian revolution by a school 10 miles from Gettysburg.â€ť
The parent, who asked not to be identified, attended a football last Friday night with his children. He said he was shocked by what he saw.
â€śIt was Glee meets the Russian Revolution,â€ť he told Fox News. â€śIâ€™m not kidding you. They had giant hammers and sickles and they were waving them around.â€ť
â€śWho thought this was a good idea?â€ť [Emphasis added]
But the schoolâ€™s superintendent Rebecca Harbaugh insists the performance was â€śnot an endorsement of communism.â€ť According to the school official it was a â€śrepresentation of the time period in history called St. Petersburg 1917,â€ś and she is â€ťvery sorryâ€ś it was interpreted as anything other than a â€ťhistory lesson.â€ť
Paul Kengor, author of â€śThe Communist,â€ť remarked: â€śThe Bolshevik Revolution launched a global Communist revolution that from 1917 through the 1990s was responsible for the deaths of over a hundred million peopleâ€¦What the Russian revolution unleashed was a nightmare â€“ a historical human catastrophe. This is something that should be condemned and not in any way commemorated or laughed at.â€ť
One parent equated it to unexpectedly seeing your children waving swastikas during a halftime performance, noting that communism has killed more people than the Nazis.
Gerson Moreno-Riano, the dean of Regent Universityâ€™s College of Arts & Sciences, added for Fox News: â€śTo raise the emblems of the hammer and sickle â€“ the emblems of so much violence, destruction and terror â€“ is a lack of knowledge of history.â€ť