Of course, if white students wanted to wear sombreros, that would also be racist.
This particular school district’s ruling to ban American flags on Cinco de Mayo was actually upheld by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on the basis that the decision was made by the school to “prevent violence.” They don’t want fights breaking out between white Americans and darker skinned Hispanics. Then perhaps they should segregate the white kids from the Hispanic kids. Wouldn’t that also “prevent violence?”
There was another school district in California that banned American flags and deemed their display racist because of the Hispanic student population. A group of Camarillo High School students were wearing American flag bandanas at a school basketball game, and their principal pulled them aside and told them either to remove their bandanas or leave the game, because their actions were “racist.” And there were students of other ethnicities that attended both schools who were competing in the basketball game, namely Hispanics. The boys complied and returned to the game where they began chanting, “USA! USA!” That also was racist. So, the 4 boys were all suspended for 5 days.
Both the Camarillo High School principal Glenn Lipman and the school district Superintendent Gabe Soumakian believed there were underlying “racist” overtones in the boys’ actions:
“There was symbolism there with the bandana and the chant. …It has nothing to do with being patriotic or unpatriotic,” Soumakian said. “It has to do with the fact that they are making a chant regarding that we are from the USA and you’re not. Whether that’s the implied intent, that’s the way it comes across. …They have to respect everyone. When you go to a game – you cheer for your team and you don’t make any derogatory comments or make inappropriate comments toward the other team.”
They’re in America. We haven’t joined Mexico in a North American Union. Yet, anyway. We’re still the United States of America. And people come here from all over the world, because they still view this country as the land of the free. It’s OK to be happy that you’re an American. Even if you’re Hispanic.
Only in America, the Land of the Free, would chanting America’s name and wearing America’s colors be considered derogatory.