NAVARRETTE: Flagged by the outrage
Published: Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 8:56 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 8:56 a.m.
Latinos in America
After a recent column on CNN.com in which I expressed my discomfort with the idea that Olympic athlete Leo Manzano celebrated his silver medal in the 1,500 meters by waving a Mexican flag with the American one, many of my fellow Latinos were furious.
Let me be clear. I did not criticize Manzano or the Mexican flag; I have nothing against either. I criticized the idea that the two of them would come together during a victory lap at the Olympics — a time and place where an athlete should display the flag of only one country: the one he is representing in the games. In Manzano's case, it was the United States. Someone who came to this country from Mexico when he was a toddler should show more respect to the country that took him in and not be so hung up on the one that he and his parents left.
There's nothing wrong with waving the Mexican flag under the right circumstances. It is fine at a cultural event like a celebration of Cinco de Mayo but not in a political context, like the immigration protests of 2006 when that flag was ubiquitous during demonstrations. And it's really not a good idea to show divided loyalties at the Olympics.
As for the reaction, I've been doing this for more than 20 years, and I've been attacked for previous sins. The pushback this time didn't surprise me. What did was the way my critics rallied around Manzano. I had no idea that they could be so eager to defend one of their own.
After all, they haven't done much to stretch those muscles during the
That's what happened in the case of Juana Reyes, a 46-year-old single mother of two and illegal immigrant in Sacramento, who is facing deportation. She was arrested by local sheriff's deputies and — in accordance with a program that is this administration's favorite chew toy, Secure Communities — referred to immigration officials. Then her kids were taken away. Her offense: selling tamales outside a Wal
Incidentally, Latino Democrats hate it when I talk about the record number of deportations under this president and the deceitful way in which he's gone about racking up the numbers.
It's great to see Latinos get so worked up in defending a piece of cloth. If only they could gin up that level of emotion attacking the White House and defending actual human beings whose lives are in pieces. Ruben Navarrette Jr. is a columnist for the All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published
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It's great to see Latinos get so worked up in defending a piece of cloth. If only they could gin up that level of emotion attacking the White House and defending actual human beings whose lives are in pieces.
Ruben Navarrette Jr. is a columnist for the
All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.