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U.S. Medalist Waves Mexican Flag?

Don't like the idea of that. Not one bit. This is actually a very good column by someone I probably wouldn't agree with much. I tried to think how I would feel if an American medalist of Irish descent waved the flag of Ireland as a tip of the hat. I wouldn't like it at all:

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.

But in 2007, I penned another column after attending a Luis Miguel concert in Las Vegas where fans of the Mexican singer unfurled Mexican flags. Nothing wrong with that, I concluded.
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Lawrence Hall, HSG said...

In the past Mr. Navarette has occasionally been a bit tiresome, rather like some of the faux Irish, but he is bang on in this well-considered, well-written essay. He honors his several cultures without lapsing into facile cosmopolitanism. One can only wish that more writers would address contemporary issues of acculturation with the class, character, and generosity of Mr. Navarette.

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