On May 5, 2010, in California, four high school students were disciplined by their assistant principal. What did they do wrong? They wore American flag apparel on Cinco de Mayo. Some other students were offended and complained, and the young men were told to change their shirts so that racial tensions wouln’t turn violent, the administrator said.
In interviews with reporters about the incident, at least two students at the school said that they were offended by the shirts because they felt it disrespected their Mexican heritage. They said Cinco de Mayo was “their” holiday, and that they wouldn’t wear Mexican flags on the Fourth of July.
Clearly, their language suggests that these students identify themselves as Mexicans first, and as Americans second, if at all. That is wrong. Societies have a right to expect loyalty from those living within their nation’s borders.
Therefore, I’m calling on all of us to display the American flag this year on Cinco de Mayo: Thursday, May 5, 2011.