Divided AllegianceRandom Awesome
After watching the protests over the past few days, I’ve been stuck by the number of people carrying the flag of Mexico. In a protest for U.S. amnesty and citizenship it seems to me that there would be more American flags that Mexican flags. I think this signals a “divided allegiance” that Theodore Roosevelt spoke of in 1919.
“In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American…
There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile…We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language…and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.” –Theodore Roosevelt, 1919