Warning: This article may cause you to feel patriotic. Should you experience an urge to flaunt your best red, white and blue T-shirt, please inform Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif. They'll talk you down.
According to the school, patriotism is a dirty word and could hurt someone's feelings. On Cinco de Mayo, five students wore American flag attire to school. T-shirts, shorts, even a pair of shoes with red, white and blue on them. A handful of Hispanic students tattled, and the five boys were asked to turn their shirts inside out. The boys felt that would be disrespectful to their country and refused. I give these boys three cheers for staying strong.
One of the boys, Daniel Galli, was interviewed: "They said [staff members] we could wear it on any other day, but today is sensitive to Mexican-Americans because it's supposed to be their holiday so we were not allowed to wear it today." So, the boys would have been allowed to dress like that on St. Patrick's Day? That's not PC. The vice principal sided with the complaining students and felt the American flag T-shirts were offensive to the Mexican-American students. Joke's on him because one of the "offending" students is half Mexican. Nothing like egg on your face to get the blood pumping, eh? The VP thought it would cause a fight among the student body even though the boys hadn't been aggressive toward anyone. The boys were told if they returned to class wearing the T-shirts, they would be suspended. To avoid the suspension, they went home.
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One Mexican-American student said, "I think they should apologize because it is a Mexican Heritage Day. We don't deserve to be disrespected like that. We wouldn't do that on Fourth of July." First of all, if that isn't the most disgusting argument you've ever heard, I don't know what is. This girl is an American, yet she feels disrespected by the American flag. That doesn't even make sense. Second, Cinco de Mayo is not an official holiday recognized by the United States. She doesn't have any right to celebrate on school grounds. As far as I'm concerned, this girl and the rest of the complaining students are an embarrassment to this country. And who told her she couldn't wear red, white and green on the Fourth of July? If anyone did raise a voice in protest, you and I both know the ACLU would be all over that like white on rice. Or if you prefer, like Caucasian on rice – you never know when the PC police will strike.
I feel disrespected when non-Christian families celebrate Christmas, the day that represents the birth of my Savior. But I'm not allowed to complain about that because that makes me prejudice. It's also disrespectful when illegal immigrants protest our right to secure our own borders, but saying that out loud turns me into a racist. Here's a question: When is it OK for me to feel disrespected? Is there ever a time when I can say that I feel wronged without being called racist, or closed-minded?
Political correctness is the cancer that has infected our nation. Instead of making everyone equal, this cancer has made Christian Americans and Caucasian Americans the bad guy. PC has corrupted the minds of otherwise intelligent people and will continue its course spreading like wildfire until we say, "No More." It's one thing to be tolerant and understanding of each other, but favoring one voice over another is just plain wrong. PC should apply to everyone. Not just a select few.
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Not only did Live Oak High bring shame to its country, but it also brought in Mexican dancers for the celebration on campus. Riddle me this – if I wanted to bring the Bible to school and talk about Jesus' birth around Christmastime, I'd probably be arrested. I know for certain that when I was in high school and the National Day of Prayer came around, we had to be off school grounds if we wanted to pray as a group. Yet it's OK for a school to bring Mexican dancers on campus to acknowledge and celebrate a Mexican holiday.
I have a question for the blatantly leftist Live Oak administration. Did your students say the Pledge of Allegiance on Cinco de Mayo, or were the disgraceful Mexican-American whiners offended by that, too? As far as I'm concerned, wearing American flag clothing to school and saying the Pledge of Allegiance are one in the same when it comes showing patriotism. Why would one be acceptable and the other disrespectful? This administration ought to be placed in the center of town and have tomatoes thrown at them for their revolting mistake. In the edited words of John McEnroe, "You're a disgrace!"
It's clear that this school wasn't thinking straight. Even the school district disagreed with the VP's decision and told the boys they had every right to dress the way they did. Though the district explained that the boys would not face suspension, I'm still fired up. I've decided to prescribe two doses of honesty this week. The first is for this pathetic display of "authority": You should have given the "life's tough deal with it" speech and reminded those bellyaching students that Cinco de Mayo is not an American holiday; so just be thankful that the school celebrated, period. The second dose is for the irrational crybaby students who complained: You don't deserve to be called American if you're offended by the American flag.