Cinco de Mayo was "invented by the Corona beer company to sell beer. It's a manufactured party day," we learned via Twitter — "the new CNN" as Melissa Clouthier calls it — the blogosphere and Google this afternoon. Would it be too much to ask of high school teachers to do a little research before misleading students into believing it's a "Mexican Heritage Day?" Details below.
"Cinco de Mayo isn't a real holiday," twittered radio talkster Vicky Nissen in response to our own retweet of the rightfully-mocked story of those Live Oak High School California high school students who were "sent home for wearing American flag T-shirts" for fear of offending the delicate sensibilities of hot-headed fellow students of Mexican descent. First a little background and then a little perspective. The facts:
Galli says he and his friends were sitting at a table during brunch break when the vice principal asked two of the boys to remove American flag bandannas that they wearing on their heads and for the others to turn their American flag T-shirts inside out. When they refused, the boys were ordered to go to the principal's office.
"They said we could wear it on any other day," Daniel Galli said, "but today is sensitive to Mexican-Americans because it's supposed to be their holiday so we were not allowed to wear it today.
The boys said the administrators called their T-shirts "incendiary" that would lead to fights on campus.
Kind of reminds us of the "scientific research" cited by Iran's first president proving "that women's hair emitted rays that drove men insane." Who knew that T-shirts could drive Mexican-American men insane? Beyond the rank condescension and stupidity of school officials' hair-trigger, politically correct overreaction encouraging students to act out identity-politics grievances — not to mention the offense their behavior represents to the "tens of thousands of American men and women who have died defending this country and for the freedoms we enjoy and our Flag and for what it stands" — Cinco de Mayo is nothing more than "a manufactured party day," as PJ Emeritus notes in the comments at Hot Air:
It was invented by the Corona beer company to sell beer … Mexican Independence Day is Sept 16 – not May 5. The Mexicans don’t even celebrate Cinco de Mayo – AT ALL.
These people need to lighten up. As beer distributor rep Dan Don puts it:
"I want to say it's just like St. Paddy's Day. Then, everybody's Irish, and everybody's Mexican on Cinco De Mayo," the beer salesman said. "It's a big Corona day."
Update: The Rhetorican links:
Will the students target Corona Beer next?
Update II: Our friend Mark in the comments alerts us to an excellent piece on the history and significance of the real Cinco de Mayo, "primarily a regional holiday" in Mexico:
Commercial interests in the United States and Mexico have also had a hand in promoting the holiday, with products and services focused on Mexican food, beverages and festivities, with music playing a more visible role as well. Several cities throughout the U.S. hold parades and concerts during the week following up to May 5th, so that Cinco de Mayo has become a bigger holiday north of the border than it is to the south, and being adopted into the holiday calendar of more and more people every year.
Update III: Blog friend Ed Driscoll links:
But there’s no political narrative to shove alcohol-related celebrations into.
Update IV: Joe Hicks at Pajamas Media links in "Multiculturalism Reaches Its Dead End" [If only – Ed]:
Hell, it’s actually only celebrated in one Mexican state, Puebla, and here in the United States the day is just one more excuse for some to get drunk — hardly an event of high cultural meaning.
Crossposted at Liberty Pundits.