After students at a San Fransico school were threatened and racially taunted (“F—- them white boys, f—- them white boys”) for simply wearing an American flag, the school reacted not by punishing the students giving the threats, but by ordering the victims of the taunts to “either to change their Old Glory shirts, turn them inside out or go home”. Students wearing Mexican flags were given no such orders however.
The parents of the American flag wearing students took the school to court over this blatantly discriminatory behavior, but in a mind boggling decision the judge ruled for the school, arguing the ban was for the students’ safety and there was no need to ban the Mexican flag, since threats of violence were only against those wearing American flags. Thus in the backwards justice of this judge, victims of threats and taunts must have their rights curbed, while the perpetrators of such threats are free to do as they please.
The same federal judge who said it was perfectly fine for a homosexual judge in a long-term relationship with another man to rule on a dispute over homosexual marriage – a ruling from which he might benefit – now has concluded that it’s all right for a school to censor clothing displaying the American flag because there were students who threatened violence against those wearing the clothing.
The judge, James Ware, of the federal court in the Northern District of California’s San Francisco Division, has dismissed a complaint brought against the Morgan Hill Unified School District where the Old Glory theme on student T-shirts had been censored.
He found that it was reasonable because there were students who apparently hated the emblem enough to threaten with violence other students who were wearing it, and the censorship was “equal” even though the Mexican flag was not also censored because no one threatened violence against the students wearing that emblem.
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