Save the angry emails that are most assuredly about to come my way, but I am not really sure why anybody could possibly be pissed off about 4 kids getting sent home from a California high school on Cinco de Mayo. Here's the rundown:
On Cinco de Mayo - otherwise known as National Mexican People Being Proud To Be From Mexico Day (or National Tequila/Corona Day, take your pick) - 4 students wore American Flag shirts. According to reports from school administrators, this created some hostility between the Hispanic students and other students. The school's principal asked the students to either turn the shirts inside out or go home for the day. The 4 chose to go home. And oh my goodness, what a shit storm has been caused by this.
Tea Partiers and American flag lovers around the country are trying to say that this is an affront to national pride and blah blah blah. I'm sorry, everybody, but please build a bridge and get the hell over it. With as politically correct as everybody - especially school officials - has to be these days, is it any wonder that school officials didn't want to chance racial tensions turning into acts of violence? Have you SEEN the current state of racism/immigration tensions in this country? Everybody is tense. Everybody is angry, whether you're for or against reform in its current state.
And, let's just be real for a second. When people say "immigration reform" these days, they mean Mexicans, people that look like Mexicans, and people that don't speak English and look fairly...you guessed it...like a Mexican. Interestingly, during the conference (linked above), only one student actually spoke, and that one student said that there have been growing tensions between caucasians and hispanics on that campus. If that's true, and if what reports are saying are true, then...come on...those kids knew what they were doing when they wore those shirts.
It's not like the students that were sent home were not given the opportunity to fix the situation. They chose not to, and I can almost guarantee that there is a provision in their school dress code codifying inappropriate protest material - or something of the sort. I went to a podunk little high school in the belt buckle of the Bible Belt, but we still had a provision saying we couldn't wear anything that would support potentially racist, homophobic, or otherwise potentially harmful messages. On the occasions when some shitkicking redneck kid wore his confederate flag shirt to school, he was asked to either turn it inside out or leave campus.
Yes, despite whether the high school principal took part in civil war reenactments, which he did.
Dudes, when you wear clothes to school that you know are going to piss off the other students, expect to be sent home. I fully support the administrators' decisions, and I am also a proud American and a proud flag waver. You can do both.
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Love and Lyte,