Monday, March 03, 2014

9th Circus Upholds Ban on American Flag Shirts in Schools

On Wednesday, a three judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that California high school administrators are well within their rights to prohibit students from wearing American flag t-shirts on Cinco de Mayo.

That’s right… the Court ruled that because the sight of an American flag might infuriate Hispanic students and potentially lead to violence, a school has the authority to ask students to change their patriotic attire.

This is what our country has come to. A citizen can be forced to cover up his or her American flag attire because it might make immigrants angry!

On May 5, 2010, during the school’s Cinco de Mayo celebration, a few Caucasian students chose to wear an American flag t-shirt to school. When they started receiving threats of violence from Hispanic students, school administrators ordered the students to change their clothing or turn their shirts inside-out, for fear that the American flag apparel would cause a violent outbreak. Instead of punishing the students who threatened violence, administrators blamed the Caucasian students for instigating the altercation with their patriotic apparel!

Administrators told the students that they could wear the American flag shirts on any other day, except for Cinco de Mayo. Even though Mexican-American students were adorned with Mexican flags – some even painted it on their faces – it was apparently unacceptable for students to wear an American flag instead. The students were forced to change their clothes.

Remember when Michelle Obama infamously said that for the first time in her ‘adult’ life, she was actually “proud” of her country? Remember when Reverend Wright said “not God Bless America, God Damn America”? These weren’t just slips of the tongue or poor word choices… This is actually what liberals are teaching our children.



Use the Name, Luke said...

Parents should get together and plan for every student to wear a shirt with an American flag on it. And students from Mexico should be encouraged to wear shirts with both flags on them.

Respecting where you came from is generally a good thing. But disrespecting where you choose to live or where someone else is from is very, very bad. (They do choose to live here because they like this country, don't they?)

Anonymous said...

Wearing yet another national flag on Mexico's day, say an Irish, Polish or British one, would that also be provocative and seen as anti-Mexican?

Anonymous said...

So, the court has basically stated that Mexicans and Latinos are violent thugs, and uncontrollable by schools. So Mexicans and Latinos must be placated by banning material that would cause the emotionally infantile Hispanics to become violent and destructive. Interesting that the highest federal authority outside of the SCOTUS would use chisel in stone such racist ideas, but they're the authority I guess?

Anonymous said...

Since schools get their funding based on attendance, parents should just keep the kids home since the won't learn anything on that day anyway.

Disillusioned said...

Cinco de Mayo is not a US holiday. As such the Mexican students can celebrate it as much as they like but not during school hours. How long before Hispanic history month becomes the fashion? Followed by women's lib month and GLAD month.

Anonymous said...

In schools, students do not retain absolute First Amendment rights. (See the Supreme Court case of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District)

The school has every right to ban a flag tee shirt if they believe the shirt is going to disrupt the learning environment.

However, that ban must be content neutral and not favor one position over another. So while the school has the right to ban shirts with flags on them, they must ban all shirts with flags. If the school wants to ban American flags apparel, they must ban Mexican flags as well.
If they fail to do so, they are giving favor to one viewpoint and oppressing another viewpoint. That type of action is contrary to the First Amendment and lots of court cases.

Oddly enough, left leaning SCOTUS Brennan talked about the "heckler's veto" where the actions of one group to drown out the exchange of ideas and expression of another group was anathema to the United States.

Now the liberal leaning Ninth Circuit has not only allowed the "heckler's veto," but embraced it and seek to make it law

The bottom line here is that the Ninth Circuit screwed up big time.

Stan B said...

The message sent is that to suspend the Free Speech rights of any student, all another student has to do is establish a "history of violence and disruption" to that expression. Don't like an LGBT student's flamboyant attire? Bully them. Don't like the sight of a Mexican Flag? Bully the one displaying it. Keep it up, despite repeated warnings and corrections. Keep the environment one of tension and violence despite all the administrators' best efforts to placate you. Then some fool court will rule that your unacceptable reaction trumps the individual's right to expression.

Anonymous said...

Anon 4:27, BINGO!

Bird of Paradise said...

The infamous nasty 9th strikes again this whole court needs totaly cleaned out its contaminated with toxic waste