Responding to such criticism, protest organizers have encouraged their people to defuse the issue by displaying more U.S. flags.That's followed by "Jay Mechling, a professor of American studies at UC Davis" offering the standard talking point that puts waving Irish flags in St. Patrick's Day parades on the same level as raising the Mexican flag over an upside-down U.S. flag.
That strategy was apparent Monday in Sacramento's marches - though many participants emphasized their dual loyalty by displaying both national emblems.
At the Capitol, thousands of protesters wore white T-shirts emblazoned with Mexican and American flags. Underneath was the word "Unidos" - united.
Some Sacramento protesters were determined to get pictures of their American flags broadcast on television. As TV news crews interviewed a demonstrator, others stood behind, holding up the U.S. flag as a backdrop.While some of them might mean it, as the past marches show for many of them that's all it is: a backdrop.
"Aquí estamos y no nos vamos," [a marcher] said. "We're here and we're not leaving."So, illegal aliens have entered our country and are telling us they refuse to leave? What is that normally called? And, exactly how unhealthy for this country is the racial solidarity subtext of these marches? Isn't there a worry that those who say such things will always put the demands of their race ahead of the country they want to join?
..."I'm proud to be Mexicana. I'm proud of my race," [a marcher] shouted...
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