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What, me worry?5/06/2010 1:45:47 pm PDT

re: #489 reine.de.tout

OK, I misread what you said, then, about the AZ folks.

At any rate - there are people who accept that “tribalism” is OK if you are Mexican, but unacceptable if you are a US citizen. I’ve seen people here mock those who are proud to be American, as engaging in “tribalism”.

I take the tack that if we want people to be Americans, then we WELCOME them and embrace them and whatever they bring with them.

But there are folks who honestly believe, whether it’s actually true or not, that our schools and institutions are OK with folks celebrating everything except being American. I don’t think that’s true. But there are those who do think it’s true, who don’t necessarily want to make a statement out of racism, but as a way of asserting their “American-ness”. I think they were absolutely wrong in this case. But I don’t think we can just say they’re all racist.

Not to beat the hell out of this horse, but I don’t think I get what you’re saying. I don’t think I was calling these kids racists or the families, but maybe I was! They certainly don’t seem too tolerant, but I didn’t mean to imply they were racists.

I think you can show your American pride at any time. It doesn’t have to be on July 4, but it probably shouldn’t be in the middle of a Cinco de Mayo celebration. I mean the message is pretty obvious isn’t it?