This story actually annoyed me enough to write about it just to vent my disgust and officially register it. Coming from San Francisco, as expected, 4 boys were wearing Old Navy American flag t-shirts on Cinco de Mayo and the school made them remove their shirts and American flag bandannas because it “disrespected” the Mexican students.
From NBC Bay Area:
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.”
The boys said the administrators called their T-shirts “incendiary” that would lead to fights on campus.
I’m sorry, incendiary? For wearing an American flag shirt in the United States of America? I don’t care if it is a Mexican holiday or not, we are still in America and if I want to parade around with a flag draped over my shoulders it does not matter what day of the year it is.
If there were Mexican students who were offended, then so be it! If they truly are offended by the site of the American flag then I think they need to question to themselves why they are in this country. Cinco de Mayo is not a national holiday here nor is it a federal holiday. It is celebrated in many parts of the country but it is not an American holiday.
This is the kicker which ticked me off the most:
But to many Mexican-American students at Live Oak, this was a big deal. They say they were offended by the five boys and others for wearing American colors on a Mexican holiday.
“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.”
I see. So now we have to put away anything which resembles an American flag on Cinco de Mayo lest we offend someone of Mexican heritage. She actually has the nerve to say she was “disrespected” by the sight of the American flag while going to school in America. She was disrespected by it? I got news for you, I am more disrespected that she is asking for American citizens to not display the red, white and blue on American soil. People did not give their lives to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, they gave their lives to fly the American flag and celebrate the freedoms in this country.
Annicia has the freedom to celebrate Cinco de Mayo but she does not have a right to be “disrespected” by the sight of the American flag on the same day. Too bad, we live in America, you might see a flag from time to time.
Likewise, I would not be “disrespected” if I visit Mexico over July 4th and happen to see someone with a Mexican flag shirt. Hello! I’m in Mexico for God’s sake! Annicia is in America and someone might be honoring their country by sporting the red, white and blue. Doesn’t matter if it’s Cinco de Mayo or not.
Luckily the boys’ families have told them to shove it:
As for an apology, the boys and their families say, “fat chance.”
“I’m not going to apologize. I did nothing wrong,” Galli said. “I went along with my normal day. I might have worn an American flag, but I’m an American and I’m proud to be an American.”
The five boys and their families met with a Morgan Hill Unified School District official Wednesday night. The district released a statement saying it does not agree with how Live Oak High School administrators handled this incident.
Amen to that. They should not apologize since they did nothing wrong. They got caught in a politically correct school district which was more than willing to through the American flag under the bus in the guise of cultural sensitivity.
I’ll fly it here in the hopes of disrespecting someone.