Friday, May 7, 2010

Cinco De Madness

Each year, Mexicans celebrate Cinco de Mayo, which commemorates the Mexican victory over the superior French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Pro-immigration liberals have turned a great, patriotic Mexican holiday into a pseudo-declaration of conquest against the United States. And don't you dare side with the Americans on this one...uh-uh!

Michelle Malkin illustrates:

A group of California students who dared to wear the American flag on Cinco de Mayo learned a hard lesson about the corruption of citizenship and sovereignty this week.

They were sent home for their show of U.S. patriotism.

Because while flying the colors of reconquista is perfectly acceptable, flying Old Glory is practically a hate crime. KTVU reports:

Five students at a South Bay high school stirred up some controversy Wednesday for wearing t-shirts depicting red, white and blue American flags on Cinco de Mayo.

School officials at Live Oak High in Morgan Hill told the students they had to go home if they wouldn’t turn the shirts inside out.

One of the students said it appeared school administrators were worried the patriotic shirts could trigger fights.

Some students at Live Oak High in Morgan Hill said others were planning to come to school Thursday wearing red, white and blue.

Four of the five students who wore American flags or patriotic colors on campus walked into a meeting with the superintendent of the Morgan Hill unified school district Wednesday night.

They were facing unexcused absences because they chose to go home early rather than take off what they were wearing.

…Some Mexican-American students KTVU spoke with said they thought wearing red, white and blue on Cinco de Mayo was disrespectful.

“It’s just kinda disrespectful that they would do that on this day,” said student Victoria Wright. “I mean, we don’t go around on 4th of July wearing red white and green and saying ‘Viva Mexico,’ because that’s disrespectful.”

Reason number 10,999,976 to home school.

Amen to that! She also links to some comments by another blogger by the name of Zombie:

NBC quotes a fellow student:

“I think they should apologize cause it is a Mexican Heritage Day,” Annicia Nunez, a Live Oak High student, said. “We don’t deserve to be get disrespected like that. We wouldn’t do that on Fourth of July.”

Disrespected? I’m confused. Aren’t all the students Americans? Who is being disrespected by the display of our shared national flag?

Let’s pause for a moment and peel back the layers. It seems that many of the Hispanic students at Live Oak High (and probably innumerable other high schools across the country) have been so inculcated with an “identity politics” curriculum that, under the rubric of instilling pride and self-esteem, they have been convinced that they are somehow distinct from and separate from the other American students; that “we” feel disrespected when forced to perceive an American flag.

The school administration then stirs in their own toxic contribution: An assumption (typical of the “soft racism” of leftist ideology) that Hispanic students will respond with violence when they feel disrespected (“the patriotic shirts could trigger fights” is the euphemism they used). Even worse, fearing violence from Hispanic students, the administrators solve the crisis by banishing the “offensive” items, rather than warning students that any violence will be severely punished. In other words, the racist administrators insultingly assumed that their Hispanic students would erupt in violence at the sight of an American flag, and the only way to prevent this is to cower at the presumptive violence and preemptively cave in to the mob’s demands that American flags be banned from campus.

Are the United States and Mexico at war? Is May 5 some kind of “Hate America Day”? What the hell is going on here? Aren’t the U.S. and Mexico allies? Aren’t we friendly neighbors? What is the source of the friction? Isn’t the United States a melting pot where people of every ethnic heritage all live together in harmony as Americans — rather than being a collection of self-segregated ethnic enclaves seething with mutual hostility?

Well said! One more addition, this time from Pundette: "Now, if the kids had wanted to burn the flag, that might have been an entirely different story."

Sad but true. She goes on:
Flag burning, that cherished right of the Left, is what you might expect in a story that pairs “incendiary” with “flag.” But in this case, no matches are needed. The flag image itself is viewed as a sort of desecration. ...

We’ve entered a pretty strange world when the image of an American flag is considered “incendiary” – in America.

Oh, wait a minute — this happened in the San Francisco area. Never mind.

New title: Four patriotic high school boys discovered in Bay area; baffled administrators resign in disgrace.

Edited to add this damning self-indictment from one of the boys:

Student Anthony Caravalho was also sent home for not turning his shirt inside out. “They said we had to wear our t-shirts inside out and then we could go back to class and we said no,” said Caravalho. “It would be disrespectful to the flag by hiding it.”

These four students should be given some sort of award for patriotism in the face of extreme hardship, I think.

And the rest of us need to take this report for exactly what it is: a manifestation of the Left's bass-ackwards radical ideology that is utterly, blatantly anti-American. Point blank: the Left hates America. Doesn't matter that they live here, and that their right to dissent and speak freely about any issue they want is only available to them in a place like America. Doesn't matter that their position is insane, irrational, and grossly offensive to most of the rest of the country. Doesn't matter that if they got their way, all the things they say they want most would disappear, leaving them far worse off -- say, like in a third world country more closely resembling a poverty-stricken war zone than the most free and prosperous nation on the face of the planet? -- than they are right now. None of that matters.

This. Is. Who. They. Are.

This is who they will always be. The sooner the rest of America realizes this and rejects this ideology and these tactics, the better off we'll be.

There's my two cents.

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