Martin Coleman: School, court were right on flag T-shirt ban

03/15/2014 12:00 AM

03/15/2014 3:31 PM

In regards to members of the community expressing dissent for the recent ruling that supported a Morgan Hill school’s decision to prevent students from wearing American flags on Cinco de Mayo, I see nothing wrong with both the decisions of the school administration and the court. Obviously, the students involved were attempting to provoke others and instigate a reaction. The blatant wearing of the flag on the most prominent Mexican holiday is not patriotism, but rather the promotion of racial disparity.

While many claim that free speech is being violated, the school disallowed the wearing of the flag for a day for the same reason it would ban the display of midriff or cleavage: both are causes of disruption and have no place in a learning environment.

Instead of becoming inflamed by such a travesty, perhaps our society would be better served by learning about and celebrating other cultures, rather than ignorantly attempting to diminish them.

MARTIN COLEMAN

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