Tarnished Golden State 

Editorial writer Mark Hemingway points us to a story that shows how dreadful the state of debate on immigration has become.

At a high school south of San Jose, Calif., five students were sent home for causing offense to Hispanic classmates by wearing clothes emblazoned with American flags on Cinco de Mayo.
From the local NBC affiliate:

On any other day at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Daniel Galli and his four friends would not even be noticed for wearing T-shirts with the American flag. But Cinco de Mayo is not any typical day especially on a campus with a large Mexican American student population.
Galli says he and his friends were sitting at a table during brunch break when the vice principal asked two of the boys to remove American flag bandannas that they wearing on their heads and for the others to turn their American flag T-shirts inside out. When they refused, the boys were ordered to go to the principal’s office.
“They said we could wear it on any other day,” Daniel Galli said, “but today is sensitive to Mexican-Americans because it’s supposed to be their holiday so we were not allowed to wear it today.”

When displaying your country’s flag becomes a political statement, something is amiss. While Santa Clara County is not indicative of the American norm, the fact that there is anyplace in the country where expressions of national identity have become offensive should give us pause.

That administrators would allow a claque of students to bully them into punishing other classmates is a sign of real weakness. That they would allow the American flag to be deemed an offensive symbol indicates that their weakness is rooted in a multicultural attitude that holds that all cultures are equal, except their own.

Most troubling, though, is the fact that the students of Hispanic ancestry who were interviewed did not feel a part of the American experience and that they saw the two flags as antithetical.

“I think they should apologize cause it is a Mexican Heritage Day,” Annicia Nunez, a Live Oak High student, said. “We don’t deserve to be get disrespected like that. We wouldn’t do that on Fourth of July.”

California continues to point to an unhappy future for the rest of the nation.

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