Displaying Old Glory: An “Incendiary” Act?

By John W.
Lillpop

Some stories in the news are just too zany
to be taken seriously. Like for instance, the wretched tale of five
students in Morgan Hill
that were sent home for wearing T-shirts with the American flag on Cinco de Mayo Day.

First
thought: Does Morgan Hill, California, about 20 minutes from my home in
San Jose, have a “sister” city in Mexico?

That would explain this
idiocy, although even then the Nazi-like behavior by school
administrators would have been
reprehensible.

As it turns out, the high school involved is Live
Oak, very much in the United
States of America
, in the town of Morgan Hill, California.

As
reported, in part, at nbcbayarea.com (1):


“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.”

Wearing
the American flag in America is “incendiary”? Just who in the hell are
these ding bat “administrators,” anyhow?

Did it ever
occur to these so-called “educators” that the Mexican students who found
the American flag so offensive (that they might resort to physical
fighting)are the ones who should have been sent home for intolerance,
bigotry and racism?

Good God, do these damn fools even know what
country this is?

Besides the brutal stupidity of this ordeal and
it inherent unfairness to the five students, administrators sent a very
wrong civics message to the Mexican students who should be forced to
learn that 1)this is not Mexico, 2)In America, freedom of expression is a
sacred right
guaranteed to Americans by the Bill of Rights.

And, 3) the US Constitution and the
Bill of Rights are in full force and effect– even on Cinco de Mayo day!

(1)
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local-beat/Students-Wearing-American-Flag-Shirts-Sent-Home-92945969.html

John
W. Lillpop

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