I try not to make my strip all politics all the time, but I simply can’t ignore this one. Since when is wearing a shirt depicting your own flag while in your own country “incendiary?”
If the kids were wearing French flags or something, that might be one thing. Cinco de Mayo after all celebrates the Mexican victory over French forces at the battle of Puebla. But Cinco de Mayo has absolutely nothing to do with the United States. No one here should be compelled to celebrate it or recognize it. It’s a Mexican holiday; not an American one. Sure, it’s part of people’s cultural heritage. Sure, they can celebrate it. We can even acknowledge it- I remember celebrating Cinco de Mayo in high school during my Spanish classes. But to send students home for wearing the flag of their own country because it happens to be on the same day as another country’s holiday? This makes no sense to me whatsoever.
In a country that prides itself on free speech, we should not prevent speech just because it MIGHT be offensive. And it’s a bit of a stretch to say that the US flag is an offensive symbol, no matter what day of the year it is.
This cartoon is based off of yesterday’s incident as well as this show of disrespect. Why is America always seen as the oppressor, as the “offensive” party, when everyone CHOOSES to come here? This is the ultimate arrogance. If we’re so bad, go home!