Because I’ve been busy finishing up (what is turning out to be) the longest chapter of my dissertation (should have the first draft done this afternoon), I haven’t had as much time to blog this week as I would like. I am most grateful to Glenn (Reynolds) for so thoroughly covering the events at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, CA where 5 students were sent home for wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinquo De Mayo.
Instead of sending the students home, the school Administration should have been able to explain to their charges like the girl speaking at 0:44 in the video linked here. What is preventing her from wearing a Mexican flag on July 4? And how would that be disrespectful?
“What seems to elude people in this incident,” Ed Morrisey observes, “is that everyone has the right to express themselves on every day of the year in the US, and that “some people may be offended” is no just cause for censorship”. Commenting on students who took off from school to protest in favor of the school officials’ action (fascinating to ponder the meaning of students protesting in support of the Administration), the CPAC 2010 blogger of the year added:
I have no problem with political demonstrations either, but it obviously hasn’t occurred to these students that they’re protesting for the elimination of the right of free expression, a rather ironic and highly contradictory position. As far as the “celebration of diversity” idea goes, what Live Oak High had on Wednesday was a celebration of diversity. Its administration preferred the conformity of political correctness.
but because of the ineptitude of school officials, it turned into a display of bigotry that spun wildly out of control. This incident revealed more than just poor judgement. It showed a fundamental lack of respect from educators for the students and cultures of the community. It showed incompetence.
Providing more details about last Wednesday’s events, Owens asks, “How is wearing the American flag, in America, disrespectful to another culture? How is it disrespectful to your shared culture?” Another Instalink leads to this insight from blogger K.N.:
Now it should go go without saying that the district played this exactly wrong. If kids wanted to wear American flags, this should have been not only allowed but encouraged and Mexican students should have been told that they have no ground to complain because it’s all one great cultural mosaic.
Commenting on a ethics expert who thought the school’s actions were warranted to prevent violence, that apparently well-armed blogger adds:
if kids threatened violence for any reason, they should severely punished – and maybe get a lecture about that wonderful diversity the schools are so eager to celebrate.
Looks like the school caved into those threatening violence. Wonder how they would have reacted if the threats of violence came from (as per K.N.) a Tea Party group?
Seems like the school officials who sent the students home need an education in tolerance and free speech.