Maybe the flame under the melting pot is burning so hot that our own national identity has…I don’t know...melted?
In Northern California last year, students wearing t-shirts bearing an American flag were asked to turn them inside out. Wait a second…Northern California is still in America, right? Yeah, that’s what I thought.
Anyhow, these American kids had the utter audacity to wear a shirt proclaiming their American-ness on May 5, otherwise known as Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de Mayo…that’s not American, is it? Oh – nope, it’s Mexican.
So, in order to keep from ticking off the Mexican kids at the American school celebrating a Mexican holiday, the American kids had to hide the symbol of their own culture they had opted to wear, a flag of the country that the Mexican kids were celebrating the Mexican holiday in. Did you get all of that?
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the school’s decision to have the kids turn their shirts inside out to keep from making the Mexican kids mad.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the officials’ concerns of racial violence outweighed students’ freedom of expression rights. Administrators feared the American-flag shirts would enflame the passions of Latino students celebrating the Mexican holiday. Live Oak High School, in the San Jose suburb of Morgan Hill, had a history of problems between white and Latino students on that day.
The unanimous three-judge panel said past problems gave school officials sufficient and justifiable reasons for their actions. The court said schools have wide latitude in curbing certain civil rights to ensure campus safety.
“Our role is not to second-guess the decision to have a Cinco de Mayo celebration or the precautions put in place to avoid violence,” Judge M. Margaret McKeown wrote for the panel. The past events “made it reasonable for school officials to proceed as though the threat of a potentially violent disturbance was real,” she wrote. (source)
Just to be sure we all understand this clearly, let me break it down, point by point.
- American kids wore American shirts…in America
- Mexican kids celebrated a Mexican holiday…in America
- American kids being American might make Mexican kids mad…
- So Mexican kids get to be Mexican in America…
- But American kids can’t be American in America…
- Because Mexican kids might uncontrollably become “enflamed” and start a fight.
In what world does this possibly make sense? How can people be expected to embrace diversity when that diversity is celebrated at the expense of our own heritage and national identity? If a holiday that celebrates the Mexican Army defeating the French in Mexico can be tolerated by the American kids, shouldn’t the Mexican kids be required to behave themselves and not attempt to beat the tar out of the American kids for wearing a t-shirt proclaiming their own heritage?
We have become nothing more than an idiocracy of political correctness run horribly amok.
Hey, California! If you’re attempting to teach acceptance of other cultures: YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG!
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