As I`ve explained again and again, Cinco de Mayo is a minor holiday in Mexico, it`s not a big deal at all. Here`s an article I wrote for another website about Cinco de Mayo and the history behind it .
In recent years it has become a big celebration in the United States. The festival is being used as a tool for the Hispanicization of the country.
And guess what happened this year on Cinco de Mayo? American high school students were sent home for wearing the American flag on their clothing .
Here are excerpts from the Fox News article
(Fox News, Joshua Rhett Miller, May 6th, 2010):
Administrators at a California high school sent five students home on Wednesday [May 5th] after they refused to remove their American flag T-shirts and bandannas—garments the school officials deemed "incendiary" on Cinco de Mayo.
The American flag is "incendiary"?
The five teens were sitting at a table outside Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif., on Wednesday morning [May the 5th, Cinco de Mayo] when Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez asked two of them to remove their American flag bandannas, one of their parents told FoxNews.com. The boys complied, but were asked to accompany Rodriguez to the principal`s office. The five
students—Daniel Galli, Austin Carvalho, Matt Dariano, Dominic Maciel and Clayton Howard—were then told they must turn their T-shirts inside-out or be sent home, though it would not be considered a suspension. Rodriguez told the students he did not want any fights to break out between
Mexican-American students celebrating their heritage and those wearing American flags.
"Mexican-American students celebrating their heritage" are offended by the American flag on Cinco de Mayo? This doesn`t look good for assimilation!
As for the American students who were sent home, their parents are not happy :
Dariano`s mother, Diana, told FoxNews.com she and parents of the other four students are now demanding an apology from officials and are considering a lawsuit. "We want an apology," Diana Dariano said Thursday. "Who in the United States of America would have an issue with that? It`s a sad, sad day."
Apparently, on May the 5th, the American flag is not to be worn:
[Daniel] Galli [one of the American students] told NBC Bay Area, "They said we could wear it on any other day, but today is sensitive to Mexican-Americans because it`s supposed to be their holiday so we were not allowed to wear it."
The article reports that
More than 100 students were spotted wearing the colors of the Mexican flag—red, white and green—as they left school, including some who had the flag painted on their faces or arms, the Morgan Hill times reported.
Here`s how one Mexican-American student justifies it
Freshman Laura Ponce, who had a Mexican flag painted on her face and chest, told the Morgan Hill Times that Cinco de Mayo is the "only day" Mexican-American students can show their national pride.
So according to Miss Ponce, the "national pride" of Mexican-American students is pride in.... Mexico.