Thursday, May 06, 2010

High School Bans American Flag-Themed Clothing for Cinco de Mayo - Updated

Apparently, wearing the red, white, and blue in America on a Mexican holiday is "incendiary":
On any other day at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Daniel Galli and his four friends would not even be noticed for wearing T-shirts with the American flag. But Cinco de Mayo is not any typical day especially on a campus with a large Mexican American student population.

Galli says he and his friends were sitting at a table during brunch break when the vice principal asked two of the boys to remove American flag bandannas that they wearing on their heads and for the others to turn their American flag T-shirts inside out. When they refused, the boys were ordered to go to the principal's office.

"They said we could wear it on any other day," Daniel Galli said, "but today is sensitive to Mexican-Americans because it's supposed to be their holiday so we were not allowed to wear it today."
It's not just a case of the school's administration overreacting. The Mexican-"American" students view the American flag as an insult:
"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."
Can we dispense with the "Ugly American" stereotype now and replace it with the "Arrogant Mexican?"

Update: Trouble in Chuckland

Everyone's favorite nutbag Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs has weighed in, blaming the flag-wearing American students for the trouble (without evidence) and claiming their parents put them up to it (some of the parents appeared on the Laura Ingram show).

Chuckie asked what would have happened if students wore Mexican flags on the Fourth of July. An intrepid commenter pointed out that this had not, in fact, happened, and that there are no classes on the Fourth of July. Mad King Charles flew into a snit, proclaiming the hypothetical a "thought experiment."

Several other commenters have taken issue with Chuck's logic.

Can mass bannings be far behind?

Disclaimer: Poor, innocent, inoffensive Bluto was banned from the magic realm of LGF for using the phrase "echo chamber," in the nicest possible way.