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‘Woke’ Disney Bans High School Marching Band

Todd Starnes

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Woke Disney World is no longer the happiest place on Earth.

The other day theme park executives told a high school marching band they would not be allowed to march in a parade – just hours before show time.

It seems the folks who run Disney took offense at Venice High School’s mascot – the Indians. School leaders were told to cover up the Native American logo and change the name of their band.

Disney had originally approved the band’s performance during the Nov. 12 morning parade but walked back its offer after a change in policy, according to a letter sent to parents by Principal Zoltan Kerestely.

“Disney has stated that they are not allowing any depiction of Native Americans to be portrayed during events,” Kerestely wrote.

Instead of bowing down to the woke mob, the high school decided to stand its ground.

“We are very proud of the Venice High School Band and stand behind our decision to not participate during the Disney event,” the school district said in a statement to television station WTSP. “Our students deserve to be honored and celebrated without having to change their school name or alter the school logo. We will continue to look for other opportunities where our students can be accepted and acknowledged for their superior musical ability.”

The school boldly pleaded its case, but Disney held firm. The kids were allowed to hang out in the park, but they were booted from the parade.

Carl Brown, the former president of the boosters, and parent of a marching band student was unhappy with the situation.

“It is such a disgraceful thing that they had to do in order to march and perform for their customers,” Brown told MySunCoast.com. “They are asking our kids to cover a logo that they’re all proud of.”

Kudos to Venice High School for refusing to bow down to Woke Disney World.

The drum beats of the culture war thunder across the nation, but it’s nice to know the Venice High School Indians march to the beat of a different drum.

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