to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Last week rallies were held at a California high school to protest a
recent court ruling that prohibits students from wearing American
flags apparel to school on Cinco de Mayo. Dozens of patriots protested
the censorship of patriotism at Live Oak High School, and a
subsequent, outrageous Ninth Circuit ruling, declaring that a U.S.
school could ban the display of an American flag to “prevent” racist
violence by Mexican students.
Even though the original pledge of allegiance written by the socialist
minister Francis Bellamy in August 1892 read “I pledge allegiance to
my Flag and the Republic for which it stands…” Mexicans and everyone
else living in this country should remember that our flag is our
highest symbol of pride.
A little history doesn’t hurt, so people living in this great nation
and demanding an immigration reform and pass to citizenship should not
forget that if they want to be Americans they cannot praise two gods;
they are either Americans or Mexicans and if the American flag offends
them, the door they used to come in is a revolving door; it is there
in case they want to use it on their way out.
Since the word “Racist” has become in the last few years the most
heated and tossed around word if the dictionary, allow me to say that
under no circumstances can I be referred to as racist in writing this
column. If I mention Mexicans it’s because regarding the immigration
situation, they seem to be the most apt to protest, rally and march.
“The flag of the United States” replaced the words “my Flag” in 1923
because some foreign-born people might have in mind the flag of the
country of their birth instead of the United States flag. A year
later, “of America” was added after “United States.”
All this nonsense began in 2010, when four boys wearing T-shirts
bearing American flags on Cinco de Mayo — when the school was decked
out in Mexican flags — were told to turn the shirts inside-out, or go
Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday which celebrates the victory over
French forces on May 5, 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. It is often
mistakenly thought to be Mexico’s Independence Day, which is actually
September 16. It is mainly celebrated in Puebla, Mexico. The majority
of these Mexican teenagers don’t even know the history of Mexico.
There is one Ivan Mora who expressed himself in his twitter account
regarding racism this way: “F… your American flag. I’ll always have
pride with my Mexican flag, but not the American flag.” And I ask him:
“What are you doing on our soil?”
All these incidents are created by the greed of big American
corporations, taking as an example our hotel/casinos in Las Vegas,
which are making a big issue of the celebration of Puebla, Mexico of
Cinco de Mayo, just to bring high-rollers, who have nothing better to
do in their country but to come here and blow hundreds of thousands of
dollars at the casinos’ gaming tables.
I still remember the words of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto
when in February of this year he said that he is indignant that the
United States Congress has not passed another amnesty for millions of
illegal aliens, many of who are Mexican citizens and that the United
States deports illegal aliens living in this country. President Pena
Nieto calls this “a lack of conscience, which shouldn’t only alert and
worry Mexicans, but also the American government.”
It really amazes me that the Mexican President is so indignant about
the decision (or non-decision) of the United States Congress and
ignores the fact that he should be indignant for his lack of efforts
to control the poverty of his own country and the well being of his
countrymen arriving here to live at our expense, when it should be his
responsibility to protect and care for his own people.
Mexican President Pena Nieto should be indignant by the treatment
Salvadorans, Hondurans, and Guatemalans receive by Mexican authorities
when they try to cross through Mexico on their way to the United
States looking for the same thing Mexicans are — financial stability
—just to find that their women are raped by Mexican authorities in the
process, and men robbed of the few possessions they try to bring with
The Mexican president should be indignant and ashamed of the treatment
Cuban nationals received in Mexico when they tried to escape from the
tyranny of an oppressive government and were immediately deported
knowing that they were being sent to a sure death sentence. Contrary
to his countrymen who crossed the borders looking for financial
freedom, Cubans only wanted safety and liberty.
According to newspapers in California, Hispanic students from Morgan
Hill’s Live Oak High School staged a protest march from the high
school, through downtown, to the headquarters of the Morgan Hill
Unified School District. When they were told to leave, the students
continued their march to Morgan Hill City Hall.
I wonder how they would feel if we displayed our American flag on the
Fourth of July, which is our Independence Day, on Mexican soil, and
wonder if they would allow us to protest, rally and march. Would they
allow us to do such a thing? Yeah, right! I bet we would spend the
night in the “cama de piedra” (the stone bed,) and be labeled as
“racists and intruders.”
Americans have the right to freedom of speech and should be able to
exercise it 365 days a year.
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She
writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky,
email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.