Almost every major newspaper in California has published editorials regarding Arizona's new highly controversial immigration law, criticizing everything from its encouragement of racial profiling to its unconstitutionality in terms of our nation's 14th Amendment. While I wasn't at all surprised at this large amount of coverage, I was surprised by the fact that none of these articles addressed the racial tensions in our state — especially in light of the eye-opening incidents that took place at two Bay Area high schools on Cinco de Mayo. It seems we Californians are so busy critiquing the problems of other states such as Arizona that we are overlooking the racial tension between Mexican immigrants and non-immigrants present in our own backyards.
First, the evidence. On Cinco de Mayo, a nationwide celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, 15 students at Pioneer High School in San Jose attended school wearing T-shirts with the title "Border Patrol" written across their chests, an obvious allusion to the U.S. Border Patrol, which ensures that Mexican immigrants do not enter this country illegally. At the end of the day, the school administration told the students they must remove these shirts, which they did. This was not the only incident, however. On that same day, four students at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill were sent home halfway through the school day after refusing to remove their shirts, jackets and shorts bearing the stars and stripes of the American flag.Click here to view the complete article
Source: San Jose Mercury News
Author: Nick Luther