God Bless the USA http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/21283/all en NYT's Bellafante Plays Race Card, Smears Singer in Defense of Principal Who Tossed 'God Bless the U.S.A.' http://www.mrc.org/articles/nyts-bellafante-plays-race-card-smears-singer-defense-principal-who-tossed-god-bless-usa <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> In her "Big City" column Sunday, "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/17/nyregion/greta-hawkins-a-principal-trampled-in-the-rush-to-vilify.html ">Principal Is Trampled In a Rush to Vilify</a>," <em>New York Times </em>reporter Ginia Bellafante (pictured) rushed to the defense of school principal Greta Hawkins, the subject of conservative criticism for cutting the patriotic song "God Bless the U.S.A." from her Coney Island kindergarten's graduation ceremony after months of childrens' rehearsals, saying it would "offend other cultures." <a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brookly</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/nyts-bellafante-plays-race-card-smears-singer-defense-principal-who-tossed-god-bless-usa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Ginia Bellafante God Bless the USA Greta Hawkins Lee Greenwood Education Wed, 20 Jun 2012 12:50:34 +0000 clay.waters 40441 at http://www.mrc.org