I wish I could write “of the week”, because there’s just… so much insanity to report. Via Insty, one of today’s “winners” is from Morgan Hill, CA, near the garlic capital of the world (Gilroy):
CHANGE: Five Morgan Hill students sent home for wearing American flag T-shirts. School officials called the flag shirts “incendiary” because it was Cinco De Mayo.
Read and weep. The article notes that Mexican flag T-shirts and even face paint were much in evidence. These are supposedly not “incendiary” 😉
Another PC anocephaly: an Ann Arbor, MI organizes an elementary school enrichment trip (meet a rocket scientist) where… only black children were allowed. The principal defends this as “an attempt to close the achievement gap between black and white children”.
If this is “post-racial America”, I am a ball-bearing, on which Martin Luther King (a lifelong Republican, BTW) is spinning 6,000 rpm in his grave.
UPDATE 2: Zombie takes on the Morgan Hill story. According to the commenters, the school district has meanwhile distanced itself from the actions of the principal. Others note that Cinco de Mayo is actually not a big deal in Mexico itself. Yet another notes that United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1, Paragraph 8b actually states wearing the US flag as apparel is an act of disrespect. Live and learn. Of course, we all know that this particular ordinance is observed more in the breach than in the observance.
UPDATE 3: Apparently there are still some voices of sanity in the CA public school establishment and/or grassroots action gets results. Response from the school district to a commenter at WeaselZippers (h/t: Pi Guy):
Master Sergeant V–
First, thank you for your service to our country, and for your email. Yesterday, the District issued a statement immediately after the incident stating that it did not agree with the actions taken at the Live Oak High School site. Here is an additional statement released today:
“The Morgan Hill Unified School District does not prohibit nor do we discourage wearing patriotic clothing. The incident on May 5 at Live Oak High School is extremely unfortunate. While campus safety is our primary concern and administrators made decisions yesterday in an attempt to ensure campus safety, students should not, and will not, be disciplined for wearing patriotic clothing. This matter is under investigation and appropriate action will be taken.”
I’m afraid with the volume of emails I am receiving, I may not be able to reply personally to any additional comments, but I will endeavor to read everything that comes in my inbox.