Are people insane? Seriously. I knew something was weird when so many people supported Barack Obama for President, but I had no idea how widespread the insanity really was. Sure, there have been signs over the past year and a half, but today just sealed the deal for me.
Administrators at a California high school sent five students home on Wednesday after they refused to remove their American flag T-shirts and bandannas — garments the school officials deemed “incendiary” on Cinco de Mayo.
If the school had announced that such T-shirts and other attire were not allowed on that specific day, then I would support the administrators of the school as they have a right to set policy for students on campus. But they didn’t.
The clothes these students wore are the same clothes they wear all the time, but because yesterday was Cinco de Mayo they were sent home. The students caused no disruption, they did not antagonize other students, they simply wore the clothing they have worn in the past.
In a statement released Thursday, Morgan Hill Unified School District Superintendent Wesley Smith characterized the incident as “extremely unfortunate” and said the matter is under investigation.
“The Morgan Hill Unified School District does not prohibit nor do we discourage wearing patriotic clothing,” Smith’s statement read. “The incident on May 5 at Live Oak High School is extremely unfortunate. While campus safety is our primary concern and administrators made decisions yesterday in an attempt to ensure campus safety, students should not, and will not, be disciplined for wearing patriotic clothing. This matter is under investigation and appropriate action will be taken.”
One student stated that Cinco de Mayo was the only day that Mexican-American students can show their national pride. National pride? Really? Painting a Mexican flag on your face on Cinco de Mayo while attending high school in Morgan Hill, California is showing your national pride? Therein lies the problem.
Mexican-Americans should always be allowed to show pride in their heritage and their cultural roots. I bet many of them do, but what nation does that young girl think she lives in?
Other Mexican American students reported that their Mexican flags were taken away but they were not sent home. Why was American patriotism and national pride even a concern on Cinco de Mayo? Are we so politically correct now that we can’t even be Americans on a day which just happens to be May 5th for most of us?