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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Bay Area School 'Criminalizes' Patriotism on Cinco de Mayo

Posted By on Thu, May 6, 2010 at 9:21 AM

click to enlarge But this everyone would have saluted...
  • But this everyone would have saluted...
UPDATE: Top constitutional scholar says school on shaky legal ground in sending home students for wearing American flag clothing.

A quintet of students' star-spangled sartorial sense got them the heave-ho from their High School yesterday. School administrators at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, down the road from San Jose, perceived the clothing as being a provocation on Cinco De Mayo, a day when plenty of Mexican-American students came outfitted in red, white, and green.

Sure enough, a KTVU live report from the school this morning featured a man dressed as Uncle Sam and ululating to the heavens that "Patriotism is not a crime" -- making tiny Morgan Hill perhaps the latest front in the War Against Christmas. Whoops, sorry, that was last year's big scare.

click to enlarge Go home, Mr. Newman
  • Go home, Mr. Newman
In any event, the potent combination of American patriotism, flag-waving

Mexicans, righteous teenagers, veiled agendas, and a 24-hour news cycle

will ensure many cameras will be pointed at little Morgan Hill, launching many a screed.

Best of all, everyone is literally wrapped in the flag. 

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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