I'm sure the judge was fully cognizant of what country he lives in, but the story is as asinine as my title. A school in California forced some of their students to remove their American flag apparel on Cinco de Mayo, because they were afraid that it would start violence with the Latin-American students who were celebrating the holiday. A federal judge backed this decision, saying that it didn't infringe on students' rights to free speech.
There's so much wrong with this that it's god damn mind boggling. Let's start off with the glaring fallacy of the whole thing. American students were told that they couldn't wear American flag apparel while other students were celebrating a Mexican holiday. They thought that violence would erupt, gang violence apparently. But here's the kicker: the Hispanic kids weren't barred from wearing whatever they wanted to support their Latin heritage.
Does anyone see anything wrong with that? I mean really, wear whatever the fuck you want. If you want to celebrate the fact that you come from Mexico, go right the hell ahead. If you want to wear a shirt that shows off that you're from Africa, be my fucking guest. But apparently the American flag is just too controversial.
It would be interesting to see if a holiday like Independence Day fell during the school year if the administration would tell the minority kids to not wear anything that supports their heritage. We all know that if something like that happened, this would be plastered all over every news outlet. "Bigot school shuns cultural heritage," would likely be the headlines.
When minorities are supressed it's always racist or bigotry, but when the majority is supressed it's always justice. In what plane of existence is any of that supposed to make sense?
Now granted, the kids that were wearing American flag shirts were probably trying to be jackasses and what not. They were likely hoping to start a fight and be controversial, but what does that really matter? Did they start a fight with the latino kids over whatever the hell they were doing? No. What the school administration was basically saying was that the latino kids would have created violence if those other kids were allowed to wear American flag apparel.
I've been saying for a long time now that it's unjust to supress anyone's culture, so long as that culture is not hurting anyone. Whether you're celebrating the fact that you're an American, African, Mexican, Asian or whatever, you should be free to express pride in your heritage.
We all know that in the name of justice, that school should have told the hispanic kids that they couldn't celebrate Cinco de Mayo if they couldn't do it peacefully. If the American flag kids wanted to start a fight, they would have done it regardless if they were wearing American flag shit. But apparently, the message we're getting here is that had the hispanic kids seen them wearing American flag apparel then violence would have erupted, gang violence apparently.
The school didn't have the balls to do the right thing. They gave in to fear, and basically told these hispanic gang kids that they would bow to their demands and wishes. There's little hope for a world this incredibly stupid.