Leo Manzano won silver in the 1500 meter race in an American uniform. He was brought to America illegally by his law-breaking parents. Eventually this family of law breakers made their, eventual ingrate, illegal kid a citizen.
After his second place finish he picked up a Mexican flag to prance around with. This is like waving around a picture of your old girlfriend, the one that you had to run from because she offered you little, at your 25th wedding anniversary.
Screw you, Manzano.
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.
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
It’s all about context. There is a big difference between a political protest and a concert.
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.