by William Teach | May 5, 2014 8:26 am
Why? Because it’s Cinco De Mayo, an obscure holiday that is really only celebrated in the Mexican state of Pueblo, and has become an occasion to drink heavily here in the United States. Except for the illegal aliens and those who are here legally who push Mexican supremacy…isn’t that bigoted?…, returning parts of the US to Mexico, amnesty, etc. So don’t wear an American Flag shirt, at least in one California district
(Daily Caller) 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 district’s 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 practice of limiting one group’s free speech rights because that speech might cause another group to react violently is known as the “heckler’s veto.” It is understood by free speech enthusiasts to have a chilling effect on First Amendment rights.
Of course, the very liberal 9th Circuit ruled in favor of limiting 1st Amendment rights, because of the “heckler’s veto”.
Just to be clear, the situation wasn’t so black and white, as there is a history of antagonism between Hispanic and Anglo gangs in the area (wait, gangs in California? I thought it was all kumbaya?). And not all students wearing the American flag shirts were told to either turn them inside out or go home. And there was Supreme Court precedent for the shirts being banned. However, limiting Free Speech is a slippery slope. If the Hispanics were burning an American Flag, would the school administrators have stopped it because of the “heckler’s veto”? They had a little freakout over the shirts.
Perhaps we shouldn’t be celebrating a minor holiday about Mexican heritage and nationalistic supremacy, which mostly is about getting drunk, in public schools. No one freaks out about St. Patrick’s Day. But, then, true Irish don’t take to the streets to promote that America sucks and Ireland and the Irish are A#1. We don’t get stories about how not to be awful on St. Patrick’s Day. There aren’t stories about shootings during St. Patrick’s Day parades (shockingly, this was in Detroit). But, some do get out of hand, though the Irish aren’t usually pushing Irish nationalism. One has to wonder why we’re celebrating a Mexican holiday in the first place. Though, beating the snot out of larger, much better armed group of French troops is always a welcome cause for celebration. But, then, they did help the Colonies defeat the British during the War of Independence. Of course, don’t have a Mexican themed party, because that’s raaaaacist.
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