Mexican American Students Rally for Respect While Disrespecting America
Last week several Morgan Hill, California, students were sent home on Cinco de Mayo for wearing U.S. flag apparel that offended Latino students. The following day, on May 6, several Latino students walked out of school in response and held a rally in a nearby park.
“We want respect,” the students chant. In the video below, a group of students in a pickup truck drive past the marching Latino students waving American flags. “What followed was an angry confrontation in which both groups of students shouted obscenities at each other,” Brian Shield writes for KRON 4. “No one was arrested and there are no reports of injuries.”
It has yet to be explained by school authorities or the Latino students how wearing or waving American flags “disrespects” them. KRON 4 does not offer an explanation as to why the Latino students decided to walk out of school and march.
“The incident on May 5 at Live Oak High School is extremely unfortunate,” a school administrator explains in a statement. “While campus safety is our primary concern and administrators made decisions yesterday in an attempt to ensure campus safety, students should not, and will not, be disciplined for wearing patriotic clothing. This matter is under investigation and appropriate action will be taken.”
It appears the Latino students walked out of classes because the students wearing patriotic clothing were not disciplined.
Obviously, the Latino students do not consider themselves Americans. In the above video, the students wave Mexican flags and chant that displaying the American flag is disrespectful of their heritage and sense of Mexican nationalism.