No American Flags on Cinco de Mayo

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?

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8 Responses to No American Flags on Cinco de Mayo

  1. mssc54 says:

    I think many in the judicial system think THE CONSTITUTION is what you do when you sit on a toilet.

  2. Jason says:

    What happen to supporting the nation that you live in? If you do not like the flag and what it stands for then maybe you should find one that you like and go live there!!

  3. SKL says:

    Only in America.

    If those Mexican kids are so offended by the US flag, why are they here? You think I could go to China or Mexico for that matter and tell people to take down their flag? It makes absolutely no sense.

    And how do they come up with the logic that because someone else might decide to beat me up for doing something perfectly normal, legal, and nonviolent, I should be the person who needs to change my behavior. Wouldn’t it make more sense to punish the perpetrator of senseless violence?

    This is bullying in the highest degree. People coming to school and threatening to beat me up because they don’t like my clothes, and when I stand my ground, the Hispanic Vice Principal uses his power to beat me down. Awesome. And somehow all that makes me a bigot.

    Why don’t we just sell that part of California to Mexico for, like two cents? Then they can be happy.

  4. Joseph says:

    That is just plain idiocy!
    We have the same problem up here.

  5. Nikki says:

    This would never happen in the midwest! California is full of Liberals! (I knew that place was never for me!) They (most) believe government action will achieve equality. They are so afraid to offend someone, they will go as far as to not defend their very own country.

  6. Joy says:

    I’ve thought and thought about this and just don’t know what to say. What a sorry state of affairs.

  7. Sue says:

    That pisses me right off!

  8. avomnia says:

    They didn’t take the lawsuit far enough. This needs to go to appellate court, then finally to a court that might actually view the issue in the proper context and perspective. I’m not so sure the Supreme Court would see things the same way, regardless of the bench’s makeup.

    There is a huge misconception regarding Cinco De Mayo. It is largely held that this is a day in which Mexico celebrates its independence from Spain, much like we do on July 4th to commemorate our split from Britain.

    This is entirely incorrect.

    Mexican independence was achieved on Sept. 16, not May 5th; the latter is actually a day of commemoration of the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla—but never let the facts get in the way of an excuse to get drunk . . . or turn another country on its ear.

    Liberals will be the death of this country, but that’s what they want. We can all go down without upsetting one another.

    SKL hit the nail on the head: “If those Mexican kids are so offended by the US flag, why are they here?” Maybe because Rick Perry will pay their way through college, huh?

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