The Hispanic veterans in Barrio Logan have raised the U.S. Flag in their corner of the Chicano Park and have reportedly said the will not take it down until forced to do so. The Chicano Park Steering Committee has in the past (illegally) forbidden them to raise it, except for three days a year, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day. It may be possible that the Steering Committee has lifted the ban on the veterans raising their flag on a shorter flagpole in their isolated, very low-visibility corner of the Park due to recent criticism of their ban and to take the pressure off themselves. The American flag is still banned in the center of the Park on the higher, main flagpole. Only the Aztlan flag and La Raza flag are allowed to fly on the main flagpole.We hope that the veterans will defend their rights. This ban by the Steering Committee has been humiliating and disrespectful of the veterans of Barrio Logan. It is also a violation of their civil rights. All of our great veterans and their civil rights deserve to be fully respected, no matter what their ethnic background. If their rights are being violated by other Hispanics, that still does not make it acceptable or legal. We owe all of our veterans a great debt of gratitude, I think especially our Hispanic veterans, because they served in spite of a history of not always being treated fairly or equally.
The City is responsible, because they allow the Chicano Park Steering Committee, the Brown Berets de Aztlan and their extreme-left allies to trample on the rights of everyone in the Park, who do not kowtow to their radical, anti-American agenda. In return for their support of the Park with our tax money, city politicos get support from the many Hispanic voters, who agree with the extremely anti-American theme of this political Park. Some also support the park evidently without fully realizing how anti-American the ideology is.