Let’s run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes.
Chances are they won’t, at least not at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, California.
A decision by the Ninth Circus Court of Appeals earlier this year that said school officials were correct to restrict the First Amendment rights of students who wore American flag shirts during a Cinco de Mayo celebration led to a demonstration Monday, in which the Gilroy-Morgan Hill Patriots stood in front of Live Oak for about an hour waving American flags.
The ban on American flags during Cinco de Mayo celebrations came about four years ago because Latino students threatened violence against anyone displaying the flag.
So naturally the school responded not by suspending the students who were threatening their classmates and teachers but by suspending the rights of students who displayed the flag.
The responses from students and parents to the demonstration Monday were completely sane and rational.
“What’s wrong with these white people holding up American flags in Morgan hill??? Racist a–holes,” wrote Gia Lee on Twitter.
Then there was this reasoned response from Davey D: “Shout out to the racist azz adults, so-called Patriots who are posted up at Live Oak HS in Morgan Hill protesting Cinco de Mayo #idiots.” (Gee, Davey, people who live in glass houses. ….)
Jorge P. Gonzalez had this philosophical treatise to share: “The Gilroy Morgan Hill Patriots … what a bunch of Racist d***-heads!! I think they may be part owners of the LA Clippers.”
And Ivan Mora tossed out this sage adage: “@morganhilltimes f*** your American flag . Racist as f***s . I’ll always have pride with my Mexican flag but not the American one— Ivan Mora (@IvanMora86)”
The rest of the comments from the leftist-socialist crowd were of a similar classical quality.
Meanwhile in Sacramento, that bastion of freedom, California’s Assembly on Monday passed AB2444 by Assemblyman Isadore Hall, D-Compton, which would ban the sale or display of flags or any item bearing the image of the Confederate flag by any government department.
Doesn’t matter if it’s part of a historical or educational display, it’s banned.
“Its symbolism in history is directly linked to the enslavement, torture and murder of millions of Americans,” Hall said of the Confederate flag. “The state of California should not be in the business of promoting hate toward others.”
The bill originally banned the Confederate flag on all government property, but was amended to exclude non-employees so as to get around that pesky First Amendment.
Hall said he decided there was a dire need for such a ban when his mother unexpectedly glimpsed replica Confederate money being sold in a Capitol gift shop.
Presumably the poor dear has recovered from the shock by now.
The Assembly vote was nearly unanimous, with the only dissenter being Tim Donnelly, the leading Republican gubernatorial candidate, who will now be crucified in the public square.
I wonder if any supporters of Hall’s bill have noted the irony of an obtrusive state government banning as racist a flag that also marked the states’ defiance of an obtrusive federal government.
So, the American flag is racist and the Confederate flag is racist. It’s been said before that the Gadsden flag used by the Tea Party is somehow racist.
The Mexican flag is tolerated, but the only flag the Left seems to truly love is Old Red, the Soviet Union’s hammer and sickle. I think they should make it official.