Thursday, May 6, 2010

WTF?? Where's the flipside of cultural sensitivity??

So a couple of kids wore shirts with the American flag on them to school yesterday  (ht. Middle of the Right-Mr. B).  It was the Cinco de Mayo, and many places in the United States celebrated 'Mexican Heritage Day' (as one news commentator snarkily noted yesterday, this is a bigger celebration in the US than it is in Mexico).  This particular school happens to have a large genetically/ethnically hispanic population (I refuse to use any hyphenated separatist descriptor) and some administrators who apparently checked reality at the door.  Five boys were told that by wearing the American flag, they were being disrespectful to their genetically/ethnically hispanic schoolmates and they must take them off or be suspended from school.

Okay, so we're in the United States.  The symbol of the United States is the American flag.  Regardless of whether or not there is a celebration of any other heritage on that day, we're still in the United States.  As far as I know, the other cultures who have celebrations--St. Patrick's Day for the Irish, Polish Constitution day, whatever, realize that even though they are celebrating their genetic heritage, they are LIVING in the UNITED STATES.  They chose to come here and it comes first and foremost.

The kid that should be suspended for missing the idea that she is in the United States is the one quoted below:
"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."
And the civics/history teachers and administrators should return to the classroom as students and re-learn the difference between a celebration of a particular ethnic heritage and a celebration about the independence and founding of a new country (in which they are living) so that they can pass it on cogently to their students.

With crap like that going on, no wonder most of the United States is getting wicked tired of it all.  As Mr. B says:
Rather, adapt and assimilate to this country. Learn the language, learn the culture....become an American. Many, over the years, have, and most were successful.   Or go home. Soon.
Else become loyal to this country. Do that, and I will welcome you. Don't, and you are not welcome.

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