|Updated 2:50 PM PDT, Thu, May 6, 2010|
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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.
"They said if we tried to go back to class with our shirts not taken off, they said it was defiance and we would get suspended," Dominic Maciel, Galli's friend, said.
The boys really had no choice, and went home to avoid suspension. They say they're angry they were not allowed to express their American pride. Their parents are just as upset, calling what happened to their children, "total nonsense."
"I think it's absolutely ridiculous," Julie Fagerstrom, Maciel's mom, said. "All they were doing was displaying their patriotic nature. They're expressing their individuality."
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."
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 and the school do not see eye-to-eye on the incident and released the following statement:
The district does not concur with the Live Oak High School administration's interpretation of either board or district policy related to these actions.
The boys will not be suspended and were allowed to return to school Thursday. We spotted one of them when he got to campus -- and, yes, he was sporting an American flag T-shirt.
I would comment, but i'm struggling to find the appropriate words. I mean, f*ck. This is beyond stupid.
|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.|
Perhaps they should double-check the country they live in. In America, American pride supercedes all others, any place, any time.
|QUOTE (kevin2006rhs @ May 6 2010, 19:39)|
|OK...I understand both sides of the story now. Don't get me wrong, while I don't agree with the "You can't wear/display/wave the American Flag or any other patriotic paraphernalia because it is disrespectful to our Mexican heritage." side, I will give this one to the Mexicans under one condition. When the 4th of July rolls around and we are having our BBQs and shooting off our fireworks IN OUR OWN DAMN COUNTRY, Mexicans will not be allowed to illegally immigrate to our country for the rest of eternity.|
While I am totally against the idea of illegal immigration I am for the freedom of people and the right of all to advance their lives in all physical, mental, and financial aspects. This leaves me at kind of a gray area. Because as of 2006, we are looking somewhere in the neighborhood of, according to the Pew Report as of 2006, about (or at least) 13 million illegal immigrants in the US. Of those, there are an estimated 6.8mil. illegal Mexican immigrants...9.8 if you count the rest of Latin America. The sad part of all of this is that of the immigrants to come into the US it is estimated that 80-85 percent of all immigrants from Mexico are illegal.
Now I know you are probably wondering where I am coming from on this one, so here it is. Basically, you barge into our house and sh*t on our living room carpet and get pissed at us when we get angry about it. Yes I know you are coming because the grass is greener on our side of the fence, be at least wipe your f*cking feet before you let yourself in. Its f*cking annoying. Because that is pretty much what you are doing when you come into our country illegally and demand that we honor the war victory holiday of the country you so willfully fled...and over the French of all countries.
Ya know what...f*ck it. I am gonna go down to Tijuana on the 4th of July, illegally and without my passport, light off fireworks, and BBQ some buffalo ribs, play "Born in the USA" by Bruce Springsteen, and demand that all you oppressive Mexican f*ckers take down your flags and replace them with the good ol' red, white, and blue. That should make us even. And you damn well better do it or I am gonna stick around and work while avoiding taxes, safety laws, building codes, and do it all while dodging