And now for the other side of the story.
Los Angeles, Alta California - May 7, 2010 - (ACN) The anti-Mexican bigotry and racism that has taken root in the state of Arizona has now spilled over into Northern California. A very ugly racial incident occurred during a Cinco de Mayo event at Live Oak High School in the small town of Morgan Hill located just southeast of San Jose. It appears that a group of bigoted White students in cahoots with some racist community members conspired to disrupt the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the school on Wednesday. The festive celebration was being held as a cultural awareness event on behalf of the general student population.
The event included festive Mexican decorations and a professional folklorico dance group but unfortunately it also included White racist teachers confiscating Mexican flags from the students. Mexican-American student Laura Ponce, a freshman, reported that a White school administrator had taken away the Mexican flag she was carrying as she was waiting to go home. Laura Ponce also reported that some White football jocks were yelling, "Mexico sucks!" Other Mexican-American students also reported that their flags were taken away.
When Mexican-American students complained to administrators that a group of football jocks wearing US flag bandanas and t-shirts were being disrespectful, Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez took steps to disarm a potentially explosive situation. It was apparent that the ill-mannered football jocks were instigating trouble. Both the assistant principal and the principal told the jocks that they should turn their t-shirts inside-out or be sent home.
A parent of two Mexican-American students, Teresa Casillas, said the American-flag wearing jocks were yelling "We live in America!" at the brunch break. She said her children were upset by their behavior at school, calling it disrespectful. "We're all offended by it," Casillas said. She said parents of all ethnicities she spoke with felt that way. "Morgan Hill is too small of a community to start any racial wars. This is just bringing it out a little bit more."
Yesterday, approximately 200 Mexican-American students walked out of school to march across town to the school district's headquarters. The students were yelling in unison, "We want respect!" and "Si se puede!" The Mexican-American students felt the White jocks were being disrespectful on the only day they celebrate their heritage. The student march was followed by pretty much the entire predominantly White police force of Morgan Hill.
Unfortunately, District Superintendent Wesley Smith and Assistant Superintendent Jay Totter, both who are White, are siding with the jocks and their parents against Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez who is Mexican-American. The 7 member Board of Education is also all White. Today, a group of Morgan Hill Tea-Baggers were demanding that the school district fire Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez, one of a very few professional educators in the district available to assure the protection of Mexican-American students from bias, discrimination, racism and bigotry that exists in the Morgan Hill community. The entire Mexican-American community of California should keep a very close eye on this developing situation
Ah, isn't it great when everyone has an agenda?