Solidifying claims of rampant liberal bias in academia, school marching bands in the Washington, D.C area are refusing to participate in President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural parade in January.
Applications to participate in the celebratory parade were due Dec. 5, but school district representatives told NBC 4 that no bands from either Virginia’s Arlington County, Virginia’s Fairfax County, Maryland’s Montgomery County or Maryland’s Prince George’s County had applied.
Ballou High School’s Majestic Marching Knights performed Destiny’s Child’s Lose My Breath at former President George W. Bush’s second inaugural parade in 2005, and played James Brown’s I Got You (I Feel Good) at President Barack Obama’s second inaugural parade eight years later. The school’s principal, however, told the NBC that they “decided to take a break in January.”
Marching bands from Howard University, Bowie State University and the University of Maryland, College Park have also opted out from participating this year, according to the network.
The band director of Howard University, John Newsom, claims the school’s band is unable to march in the parade because of “budgetary constraints,” but admitted that the political views of school administrators and band directors likely plays a role in the lack of participation from students.
“I think everybody knows why and no one wants to say and lose their job,” Newson said.
The Lesbian and Gay Band Association issued a statement on its website explaining that it would not perform during the Trump’s inaugural parade because of “safety concerns.”
“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,” the statement reads. “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.”
Bands may be practicing an unspoken courtesy of waiting about 10 years after performing in an inaugural parade before applying again, so other bands can participate, Eli Osterloh, the University of Maryland’s band director, told NBC. But at least one public school band from the nation’s capital’s public school system has reportedly marched in the past five inaugural parades.
If these school don’t welcome Trump to the White House, the Trump inaugural committee will allow bands from other states across the country to take their place and showcase their talents on the national scale.
Last month, students in D.C. area schools eagerly skipped classes to protest Trump. Chanting slogans, “Love trumps hate,” “Black lives matter,” “Build bridges, not walls,” and “not our president,” they marched to Trump’s Washington hotel in protest of the president-elect’s electoral victory.
Darren Woodruff, a chairman on the D.C. Public Charter School Board, said he was proud of the students for walking out.
Proud of our students! https://t.co/SqH9HKaJAl
— Darren Woodruff (@darrenw06) November 15, 2016
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