Monday, August 13, 2012

U.S. Olympic Medalist - Waves Both The American And Mexican Flags

U.S. Olympic athlete, Mexican flag?

CNN -- Every few years, I reassess how I feel about Mexican-Americans who wave Mexican flags. Much of it has to do with who is doing the waving and under what circumstances.

In 2006, I wrote a column saying it was a bad idea for immigration reform advocates to wave Mexican flags as they marched through U.S. cities such as Phoenix, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles. It's illogical to show your allegiance to one country while demanding accommodation from another.[...]

Now, thanks to U.S. Olympic medalist Leo Manzano, and what I consider to be the misguided and ill-mannered way he chose to celebrate his silver medal in the 1500-meters final, I get the chance to think through the subject of flag-waving once again.

After Manzano finished his race and secured his medal, he did what athletes typically do at the Olympics. He held up his country's flag -- the Stars and Stripes.

The 27-year-old was born in Mexico, but the United States is his country now. His father migrated here illegally from the city of Dolores Hidalgo. Manzano was brought here when he was 4. Like most immigrants, they came in search of greater opportunity. And they found it -- for themselves, and their children. That little boy eventually became a U.S citizen...[...]

So why did Manzano carry two flags with him on his victory lap? As the world looked on, he held up both the U.S. flag and the Mexican flag. Not a good look. And not a good idea.

Entire column...

Blog author's comments - I congratulate Leo Manzano, not only because of the Olympic medal he won but the speed he was blessed with and the years of training it takes to accomplish what he has.

He has the right to be proud of his heritage but, in my opinion, the Mexican flag had no place in his celebration as a member of the US Olympic team. Mexico didn't give his parents the opportunity they found here. Manzano should be quite happy for the fact that his parents left Mexico.

He was sent to the Olympics by the US to have the chance to accomplish his goal. How much did Mexico help him? He became a citizen, his father was an illegal. I would think that since he came here when he was four, he would consider the USA his country.

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