"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
Furthermore, even if we grant-- and I do not grant this, but for the sake of arugment-- that an image of a flag incorporate into a t-shirt is acceptable (say, a reprint of the Iowa Jima monument), that is not what these kids were wearing. At least one of them wore a shirt that was covered 100% with the pattern of the flag, it looked like he'd taken a flag an cut out holes to turn it into a shirt, for crying out loud.
T-shirts not made of same material as flags.
A second look at the lad you are questioning would reveal the back being all white material, front being a picture of a flag waving in the breeze.
Sorry, jallman, but you lost me there. I don't really follow the world of haute fashion very closely.
Regardless, it does not matter what fashion designers may be doing with the flag, or what is or is not "acceptable." It is an issue of following US flag code. I will grant you that it is not binding law on how to handle the flag, it says so within the code. According to the first amendment you can trample the flag into the dirt and be within your rights. But that doesn't make it "acceptable" even if everybody else is doing it.
The only things the flag is prohibited from appearing on at all are napkins, paper products, handkerchiefs, boxes or other disposable items.
And anyone who believes this principal was trying to be adhere to an obscure code on how to handle the flag, with the most draconian interpretation of that code ever presented, then they are either agenda driven or just plain full of it.
governed by flag code.
Simply put, Flag Code governs all images of the flag, whether they are actuals flags or not. Flag Code is voluntary, but it is still necessary to follow it if you want to show proper respect to our flag.Originally Posted by TITLE 4 > CHAPTER 1 > § 8 Respect for Flag
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VFW Post 2423 - Flag EtiquetteThe Flag Code, which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag, also contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used. They are:
The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard.
The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.
The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
and this etiquette is becoming more ignored over time, to the point that it has become acceptable in many quarters to ignore its provisions - especially regarding attire. go to any country western event and you will see the flag as ornamentation in the audience and frequently even on stage
but the school indicated the kids were welcome to wear their inappropriate flag attire on any other day. which means this legitimate reason to take issue with what they were wearing was not the basis for their punishment
what we do not know - at least i do not know - is whether the students were provocative toward the mexican-American students in ways other than the wearing of flag attire, and that was justification for the way this was (poorly) handled