Posted 07 May 2010 - 01:55 PM
Everyone is wrong in the situation. This is just a perfect example of a small group of Americans getting their priorities mixed up, and the media playing on it beacuse of racial and cultural tensions.
I know plenty of Mexicans that fly a Mexican flag on the 4th of July. Beacuse they're Americans that are from Mexico, they identify with each other, but they also realize that they're a part of a larger group, so they celebrate both. If on Cinco de Mayo, they only want to celebrate being from Mexico, then what is the problem with that? We should allow them to celebrate that, and not think, "Oh, I've got to wear my American flag shirt to let them know I think America is better," because quite frankly that is a bit confrontational and lame. I mean, all these people came from one country, they can't have one day to celebrate that? Why not celebrate it with them?
However, faced with that kind of confrontation, a Mexican American should know they have a right to celebrate where they're from, but so does everyone else. Yeah, someone might just want to express their views that America is better than Mexico. Get the f*ck over it, man, that's what America is about. Being able to say what you want, when you f*cking want. You can celebrate Mexico all you want, but don't forget that you live in America and that you have that right too, so you should just take the high-road and celebrate what you want regardless of what they're doing and not worry about it; it's not as if those kids wearing the American flags on their shirts were somehow denying them from celebrating their Mexican heritage. Besides, making some half-assed attempt to keep them from exercising their right to celebrate is just as bad as them trying to do the same to you.
I'm not quite sure that anyone was trying to be incendiary though. I mean, I think I would say it's highly coincidental that people would wear American flag T-shirts and express their patriotism on such a day; however there are very many people who are patriotic like that all the time, and it very well could have just been a coincidence.
Even then, did any of the students go, "Hey, that's kind of offensive, why are you wearing American flag tshirts? Do you mind not?" No, the administration simply told the students to take them off or go home. Faced with that I would have simply gone home as well, but they had absolutely no right to give them that ultimatum even if the Mexican students had made a level-headed appeal and the others refused.
The only reason the administration made that decision was beacuse of bureaucratic PC bullsh*t. It's hilarious too beacuse it seems to have totally backfired on them; while they were worried about backlash from the Hispanic community if they didn't act on it, now they're getting backlash from everyone else for handling the situation so badly.
Not to take a shot at the Hispanic community at all, but it's kind of depressing that they would take such a stance in America instead of feeling as if they could embrace someone wearing an American tshirt since it gives me the feeling they feel segregated as Mexicans and not like they belong here. That being so, it probably was just some confrontational ploy on behalf of the other students, but that just makes the whole situations more bleak realizing there are still a lot of people that can't deal with a group of immigrants celebrating their relative nationality.
Just makes me want to say, "Can't we all just get along?"