Home of the Free and the Brave, but not in Washoe County

The figure in black drew closer with each step along East Sixth in Reno. In no time I could tell it was woman clad in a burqa.

No one yelled at her, no one called her names or threatened her. And I was proud – this is America I told myself — the land of the free and home of the brave.

Driving along Reno’s notorious Fourth Street corridor, filled with vagrants, hookers and the homeless, I saw two homosexual men holding hands. They entered a bar that flies the ‘rainbow banner.’

No one yelled at them, no one called either man a name or threatened them with harm. And I was proud – this is America I told myself — the land of the free and home of the brave.

Once at home I turned on the TV and learned that the Washoe County School District says it will not allow school-approved athletics and club-related clothing to be worn on campus because it discriminates against other students. This includes letterman jackets, club-shirts, society pins and such.

And I was sad. Is this America — and what has happened to the free and the brave?

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Home of the Free and the Brave, but not in Washoe County

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