While it would appear that the recent student protests around Los Angeles (and the country) have been a great exercise in the use of our right to free speech, one Mira Loma High School decided to censor some students with contrary views.
Josh Denhalter, 17, said he was fed up with MEChA students waving Mexican flags on campus, and asked his principal for permission to stage a quiet counter message, and to pass out 300 fliers to announce the Friday noon hour event. The principal consulted district superintendent Elliott Duchon, who refused permission, fearing violence. The Jurupa Valley HS is two-thirds Hispanic and one third Caucasian. (from Mayor Sam)
Josh went ahead with his protest, and was subsequently suspended. (life lesson: sometimes its better to ask for forgiveness than permission) Additionally, Josh was also called a racist for having an anti-illegal immigrant view… yet another double standard, and an issue that I think is keeping a number of average Angelenos from openly debating their concerns regarding illegal immigration.
Last week on CNN, correspondent Lisa Sylvester said:
Critics say Mexico has a double standard. At the same time it wants to help decide U.S. domestic policy, its own constitution forbids meddling from outsiders. “Foreigners may not in any way participate in the political affairs of the country.” Mexico’s constitution also explicitly says Mexicans will be given preferential treatment over foreigners when it comes to granting employment, concessions and benefits. So Mexico recognizes the rights of its native-born citizens, but in many ways is asking the United States not to do the same
Sylvester follows up by pointing out, but not elaborating, that while Mexico pushes for easy access to the United States, they are “notoriously strict about enforcing its border with its own southern neighbors.”
Does this make Mexico officially racist, or merely protective of its own citizens? And if the latter, why do so many lower themselves to calling Americans against illegal immigration “racists” or “bigots”? Or is this just cheap attempt at keeping people with concerns regarding illegal aliens silent?