Teacher Tells Student to "Go Back to Your Country" When She Did Not Stand for Pledge

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Article below by Hemant Mehta at patheos.com. This common refrain in which whites tell everyone else to “go back to their country” is quite curious given that they are the group of people in America with the least legitimate claim to this land. They also seem to believe they have complete control over how others choose to exercise their rights, including instances in which those actions do not affect them in any way. This same arrogance and sense of entitlement is a common occurrence and the basis of this country’s racism and white supremacy.   

According to an incident report from Clovis East High School in California, and obtained by the Fresno Bee, science teacher Ken Dias allegedly reprimanded a student who wouldn’t stand for the Pledge of Allegiance by telling her “Go back to your country.”

The student, who’s both Hispanic and Laotian, was born in the United States.

Thailia Luna said she remained seated for reasons similar to NFL players who kneeled during the National Anthem this season to protest racism. There’s no “liberty and justice for all” in a country where minorities are too often treated like criminals by law enforcement officials.

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