Cinco de Mayo, it turns out, was NOT the battle for Mexican Independence. It was a small battle in a small community in Mexico, and Corona Beer found out about it and turned it into a massive (beer drinking) holiday…. In America!!
So last year, on Cinco de Mayo, in a school in California (where else?), several students were told that they had to turn their t-shirts inside out because they were “offensive to Mexican-American students” and “could start a riot”. The offensive subject matter on those shirts? The AMERICAN FLAG. Yep. It’s offensive now, to wear an American Flag into a public school. The principal who made the students change their shirts said that it was Cinco de Mayo, and therefore, the day belonged to the Mexican students. And the fact that these boys were wearing representations of Old Glory offended the Mexican students, and therefore, were not allowed in the school.
Well, as you can imagine, there was plenty of uproar about this, and there was a lawsuit, and the lawsuit has recently been “settled” in court. The judge’s decision? That the principal was RIGHT in banning the American Flag in school that day, so as not to ‘offend’.
I call Bacon Sandwich. You want to wear Mexican colors on Cinco de Mayo? Fine. You want to participate in The Wearin’ of the Green on St. Patrick’s Day? Go for it! Bastille Day? A different arrangement of red, white, and blue is definitely in order. But do NOT tell me – or any other American kid – that he can’t wear his own flag to school that day because it might “offend” someone else of a different heritage. Especially when that flag represents the one place on Earth where you CAN wear ALL of those flags to school, any time, and not get any crap for it. Especially in a country that encourages you to celebrate culture from all over the world. It’s like walking into someone else’s house and then telling them that they have to change their clothes because you’re offended. If you did that to me? I’d be bootin’ your butt out the door before you’ve even removed your shoes.
Honestly, this judge needs to have that bench surgically removed from his backside, and this ruling needs to be overturned.
What do you think?