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Posted by Andrew Roman on May 6, 2010

I’m asking the following questions as a white man.

If I said I refused to drive my car in parts of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn because there are too many Orientals there – and I defend my position by asserting that Orientals are horrible drivers – would I be branded a racist?

If I said that I wouldn’t walk around the South Bronx after Sunset because it is a predominantly black neighborhood – and I defend that position by asserting that I wouldn’t be safe there – would I be branded a racist?

If I were the assistant-principal of a school and told students who were wearing American flag t-shirts to go home because it could instigate Mexican students on Cinco de Mayo, suggesting that Mexicans are easily prone to violence, would I be branded a racist?

The answer to all would be “yes.”

Now, let’s focus specifically on question number three.

If, for the sake argument (using a liberal mindset), I am a non-white Hispanic, or a Latino who does not self-identify culturally as “white,” do I suddenly lose my “racist” label for sending home kids who dared to wear the American flag on Cinco de Mayo?

The answer is also “yes.”

I suddenly become a culturally-sensitive school administrator looking out for the well-being of his student body.

To the best of my knowledge – and despite attempts by the young metrosexual from Chicago to transform things – this is still the United States of America. The stars and stripes are still the emblem of this land of liberty. Red, white and blue are the colors on this nation’s flag – one that waves in front of every public school in the country.

Yet, five boys from Morgan Hill, California – including two of part-Mexican ancestry – were sent home from school yesterday because they had the nerve to wear the clothing that depicted the flag of their own country on that sacred of all American holidays (next to Earth Day), Cinco de Mayo.

Kiet Do, of CBS 5 in San Francisco reports:

On Cinco de Mayo, five Morgan Hill high school students came to school in red, white and blue, and got a very public lesson in school politics and free speech.

The boys came to Live Oak High School on the Mexican holiday, wearing t-shirts, shorts and shoes emblazoned with American flags.

Around 10 a.m., the assistant principal told sophomore Matthew Dariano he had to remove his bandana, which is against school policy.

But then Dariano said the assistant principal told all him and all his friends to take off their shirts, or turn them inside out, because some Hispanic students were upset and the school feared it would start a fight.

Dariano is part Mexican.

“Our Hispanic vice principal was taking their side, and was thinking that we were being racist towards them, so he was discriminating against us, making us take off our stuff,” Dariano said.

“We’re not trying to start trouble,” said student Austin Carvalho. “We’re in America. We can’t wear our own colors?”

The boys refused to take off the shirts. They were not suspended, but they were sent home.

Referring to his shirt, student Dominic Maciel said, “I think it was disrespectful to my country, if I flip this inside out.” Maciel is also part Mexican.

The parents of the five boys said the school’s decision was un-American.

“You can’t just single out these five. It doesn’t work that way. That’s not what America is about,” said Julie Fagerstrom.

Cinco de Mayo is popular at Live Oak, which is 40 percent Latino. The school even had ethnic dancers perform at lunch.

That certainly explains everything.

Ethnic dancers performed at the school. Cinco de Mayo is popular there. So naturally, it stands to reason that the next logical step is to ban students from wearing or displaying the American flag. In other words, because the Mexican army defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 over a debt, American flag t-shirts are not to be worn at a public school within the United States of America 148 years after the fact. This is the holiday so revered by so many in this country that to display an American flag on the same day is to be considered invidious and dangerous.

How on earth did I miss that?

Just imagine if a school principal had asked black students to turn their Martin Luther King, Jr. t-shirts inside out for fear of the shirts “starting a fight.”

Such a thing would be inconceivable.

I wonder … was there also a ceremonial American flag burning event in the gym at Live Oak High School?

Was there an “Everybody Is An Illegal Day!” to help create awareness of the sufferings of the “undocumented” class? 

This entire episode is akin to celebrating the American victory in the Spanish American War in Norway  – and then sending Norwegian kids home for wearing t-shirts with the Norwegian flag on it.

The real question is: How long before the ACLU jumps to the defense of these five kids?

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  1. flagheldstrongly said

    On certain days American patriotism is prohibited???

    I’ll wear this shirt at any place and time I DAMN PLEASE!

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