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In this article from the San Francisco Bay Area website we can read about how five American students were sent home from school. What was their offense? They had the audacity to wear clothing that sported American Flag designs on Cinco do Mayo. Yes, you read that right: a school in San Francisco sent American citizen students home from school because administrators were afraid that the American Flag clothing would be considered offensive and “incendiary” on Cinco de Mayo. My first reaction was, “Huh?” My second was far less pleasant.
First, to Daniel Galli, Dominic Maciel and their three friends who were all wearing bandanas or t-shirts that had American Flag designs on them: Way to go!! It is fantastic to see patriotic students who are proud of their country EVERY day of the year and dress to show it. I congratulate you and support you 110%.
Second, to Dominic’s mom whose reaction was, “I think it’s absolutely ridiculous. All they were doing was displaying their patriotic nature. They’re expressing their individuality.” Amen, sister. Thank you for backing up your son and having the courage to face the school’s idiocy head on.
Third, to Annicia Nunez who voiced his belief that AMERICAN students wearing AMERICAN patriotic clothing in an AMERICAN school was “disrespectful” since they did it on Cinco de Mayo: If you feel so strongly about this, feel free to pack your crap and go live in Mexico. Are you an American? or are you a Mexican citizen? If you claim American citizenship then where is your national pride? If you’re not and our country upsets you, PACK UP AND GET OUT.
Fourth, to the Vice Principal at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, California: If the AMERICAN students of Mexican descent are offended by the site of a patriotic symbol ANY day of the year, perhaps the educational environment needs to be changed. If the students complaining are MEXICAN citizens living in America – legally or otherwise – and are offended by patriotic symbols, perhaps you should man up and explain to them that this is America and it’s what we do. If they don’t like it then they should discuss living arrangements – and travel arrangements – with their parents.
I was raised by an Italian father (Borelli, duh…) who celebrated Columbus Day every year. We went to festivals and gathered with family. It was not uncommon to see the Italian flag flown but it was always UNDER the American Flag and no one got offended by an American flag shown or designed into clothing. On St. Patrick’s Day each year the Irish celebrate hard but I’ve yet to hear one complain about someone wearing an American Flag design on their clothing.
Thankfully the Morgan Hill Unified School administration didn’t agree with Live Oak High School’s “leadership”. The statement released by the school district said:
The district does not concur with the Live Oak High School administration’s interpretation of either board or district policy related to these actions.
Also thankfully, the boys in question were NOT suspended (as was threatened) and they returned to school on Thursday, May 6th – and at least one of them had on more patriotic clothing. Way to go!!!!
I encourage you to email Miguel Rodriguez and Kim Lemos to voice your opinion about this event. ONE of them (they are both Vice Principals) was the person who threatened to suspend these five American students for wearing patriotic clothing. Since the article doesn’t identify which one, just email them both.
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