To the Parents Who Don't Have a Clue:
Last Saturday, you saw a young man cheering on his friends and classmates at a middle school basketball game. You probably noticed he was wearing the school colors and was surrounded by lots of friends. You may have noticed his big poofy hair. He's actually quite well known for his hair. If you take the time to ask your kids about the poofy haired kid you would probably hear that he's a fun guy that loves life and his friends. You might also find out that he tried out for the basketball team but didn't make the final cut. However, he doesn't let that stop him from going to the games and cheering on the team. Why? Because he cares about his friends.
By the complaints that were made, you obviously noticed that he was waving a large flag while cheering......it's the same flag that he wore as a cape on the last day of 7th grade. Do you even know which country's flag he was wearing?? Or what meaning that flag has to him???
Nope. You just assumed that since it wasn't an American flag that he was being unpatriotic.
You really don't have a clue. So let me educate you.
The flag was the Dominican flag...as in the Dominican Republic. It's a Spanish speaking country that borders Haiti. It's the country where several of this young man's brothers live. He also has brothers who are Cuban and Venezuelan. Oh and did you know that this young man is Puerto Rican??
Nope, didn't think so.
This young man is blessed to be part of a diverse family. A diverse family that opens their home to young men from the DR and other countries who are following their dreams playing American baseball. A diverse family that welcomes others no matter their race, ethnicity or religion.
He wasn't being unpatriotic. He wasn't protesting or making some political statement. He had no intentions of offending anyone. He was being a 14 year old boy having fun at a middle school basketball game. I think you need to take a step back and realize that current events have clouded your judgment.
So many people are in a tailspin over walls, immigrants and refugees. These are all important issues that require sensitivity and understanding. I don't know where you stand on these issues but forcing your viewpoints on the student section of a middle school basketball game shows that you really don't have a clue.
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a VBS crafter, a coupon clipper, a thrift store shopper, a football fan, a cook, a student of the Bible and an avid reader.