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May 7th, 2010 2:24 am
Oakland Schools Say No to American Flag on Cinco De Mayo
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From NBC in the Bay Area:

On any other day at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Daniel Galli and his four friends would not even be noticed for wearing T-shirts with the American flag. But Cinco de Mayo is not any typical day especially on a campus with a large Mexican American student population.

Galli says he and his friends were sitting at a table during brunch break when the vice principal asked two of the boys to remove American flag bandannas that they wearing on their heads and for the others to turn their American flag T-shirts inside out. When they refused, the boys were ordered to go to the principal’s office.

“They said we could wear it on any other day,” Daniel Galli said, “but today is sensitive to Mexican-Americans because it’s supposed to be their holiday so we were not allowed to wear it today.”

Apart from the utterly fatuous political correctness, let’s put to rest the “its their holiday” canard. As is typical of the PC police, the heavies don’t even understand the sacred cow they’re protecting.

Despite widespread perception to the contrary, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s independence day (that’s September 16 for those of you playing the home game), nor is it even particularly significant in Mexico. Rather it’s a commemoration of Mexico’s unlikely victory over France in the Battle of Puebla. The battle was part of a war that started because Mexico refused to pay its debt to international creditors. And before it was finished, the country had been defeated and seen its government taken over by a puppet emperor furnished by Napoleon III.

Not exactly sources of national pride. If only someone in California’s public schools had access to a history book …

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