Skip to comments.Students: Illegal To Wear An American Flag Shirt On Cinco De Mayo In California
Posted on 05/05/2014 10:10:38 AM PDT by PoloSec
Diversity and tolerance is a one way street
Via The DC
Students in a California school district will not be allowed to wear American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo, due to concerns that such displays of patriotism would inflame racial tensions by offending Mexican students on their holiday.
The districts policy concerned many free speech advocates, but was upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
In response, Tea Party groups plan to protest outside Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill. And they will be wearing American flag T-shirts.
They silenced a symbol of patriotism and freedom in America, said Georgine Scott-Codiga, president of the Gillroy-Morgan Hill Patriots, in a statement to KCBS.
The trouble dates back to Cinco de Mayo in 2010, when the school forced four students to remove their American flag T-shirts. Administrators worried that fighting would break out between white and Latino students if the shirts were noticed, and so the four offending students were sent home.
The practice of limiting one groups free speech rights because that speech might cause another group to react violently is known as the hecklers veto. It is understood by free speech enthusiasts to have a chilling effect on First Amendment rights.
The Ninth Circuit, however, ruled in February that the school was legally permitted to abridge white students free speech rights in service of Latino students feelings.
The Tea Party protest is focused on the free speech issue, said Scott-Codiga.
Police will being standing by in case things get out of hand.
Update: Via Mercury News:
About 30 protesters holding American flags are silently standing outside of Live Oak High School on the anniversary of a controversial incident that gained national attention.
The protesters have indicated they wont have anything to say until classes start at 8:15 a.m.
Students arrived at school under tight police security, four years after a small group of Live Oak students came to school on Cinco de Mayo wearing American flag T-shirts, saying it was a sign of their patriotism. Latino students felt it was a sign of disrespect. Administrators told the students to wear the T-shirts inside out or go home.
No mention made of mexican flag t-shirts raising tensions/concerns on every other day of the year. Wonder what’s up with that?
So can I wear a “Stinko de Mexico” shirt instead?
Just so wrong. 10,000 USA shirts in the Town Square might make the point.
I almost forgot. Which race are we talkin’ about again? Folks of Spanish ancestory? Wait until I get us “Dutchians” reclassified. Put a wooden shoe up somebody’s butt. :>}
More blatant liberal corruption brought to you by the Ninth Circus Court. So what else is new ???
May 5? Oh yeah, the Mexican holiday that’s celebrated only in los Estados Unidos by undocumented immigrants hiding in the shadows, eager to assimilate.
One of our younger relatives in N California, takes his two middle school kids fishing on Cinco De Mayo.
That way the school loses their daily federal and state money per student for his two awol kids.
If more California parents did this, this bs would go away.
"...The liberal bandido you must not offend."
That is shockingly unconstitutional. Those who support such restrictions on freedom of speech are simply interested in power and no friends of real Americans (of any ancestry).
How about a Mexican Flag t-shirt with a slash-circle through it? Or depicted as on fire?
Wearing a U.S. flag or portion thereof as a garment is actually a violation of the Flag Code, Section 8(j). When Abbie Hoffman wore a shirt made of the flag, it caused a tremendous outrage. How things have changed.
Too bad about all the students offended by the schools celebration. I guess some offenses are more important than others.
It is not even a real Mexican holiday, and yet they might be “offended”?
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