May 10, 2010
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
On Cinco de Mayo, students at Live Oak High School in California were asked to leave campus because they wore an American flag in a display of patriotism.
The fact that the American flag cannot be displayed in an American school is upsetting, yes. But not terribly shocking. We’ve come to expect such stupidity from our inept public school system. Public schools have become notorious for catering to minority groups, finding themselves in the news for doing such incongruous things as mandating a presentation outlining Islamic faith during school hours, while putting the kibosh on after-school Christian prayer sessions.
What’s most upsetting about this case, though, is that the Latino student body was actually offended by the wearing of an American flag. Apparently, a student named Annicia Nunez thinks the students should apologize. She said, “We [Latinos] don’t deserve to get disrespected like that. We wouldn’t do that on the Fourth of July.”
Maybe Annicia wouldn’t. But there are plenty of Latinos who have done far worse than wearing a Mexican flag on an American holiday. And what’s more, their right to do so has been vigorously defended by many.
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