Tx High School Students Made to Recite Mexican National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance

Madeleine Morganstern, The Blaze, October 17, 2011

Students in a Texas public high school were made to stand up and recite the Mexican national anthem and Mexican pledge of allegiance as part of a Spanish class assignment, but the school district maintains there was nothing wrong with the lesson.

It happened last month in an intermediate Spanish class at Achieve Early College High School in McAllen, Texas–a city located about 10 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.

Wearing red, white and green, students had to memorize the Mexican anthem and pledge and stand up and recite them in individually in front of the class.

That didn’t go over well with sophomore Brenda Brinsdon. The 15-year-old sat down and refused to participate. She also caught it all on video:

“I just thought it was out of hand, I didn’t think it was right,” she told The Blaze. “Reciting pledges to Mexico and being loyal to it has nothing to do with learning Spanish.”

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Brinsdon said she complained to the school principal, Yvette Cavazo, who told her it was part of the curriculum and that she should participate. Her father, William, also got involved, calling the school district superintendent to complain.

When Brenda made clear she would not stand up and recite the pledge, she was given an alternative assignment: an essay on the history of the Mexican revolution.

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William Brinsdon is still having a hard time fathoming the idea of reciting foreign pledges and anthems in a U.S. public school in the first place.

“Our kids don’t even know the [American] national anthem and here we are…teaching them to memorize and perform the national anthem for Mexico,” he said. “I just think it’s so backwards.”

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  • Question Diversity

    McAllen, Tex., and the surrounding cities near the Rio Grande and the fiction formerly known as the “border,” might as well be Mexico already.

    Demography is destiny.

    It’s one thing for the Glenn Becks of the world (The Blaze is Beck’s news website) to tell us of these travesties. It would have been nice, though, if the Glenn Becks of the world now and in the past would have supported immigration restriction for explicitly racial reasons.

  • Jeddermann.

    The Muslims as part of Islamic awareness in the class room do this sort of thing too. Make you repeat the shahada, the Islamic testament of faith. According to Islamic law, when you recite the shahada, you become a Muslim, whether you know it or not.

  • Anonymous

    Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t recite the pledge. Lots of black militants don’t either. That’s the pledge of allegiance to the U.S. Brenda shouldn’t have to pledge allegiance to Mexico. Some schools won’t even let the kids wear clothing with the American flag. Wasn’t there a riot over the flag at a school in California last year, with the Mexicans attacking the white American kids?

  • Flaxen-headed Strumpet

    They should offer as an option that a student make a presentation on Mexico’s Constitutional Laws of Citizenship and Residency (Leyes de Población) with universal internal territory enforcement edicts from the lowest city gumshoe cop to a commander of a brigade of Mexican Army troops.

  • Snowhitey

    William Brinsdon has gotten it all wrong. It’s not backwards, it’s “progressive.” When you destroy the culture, you destroy the race and the nation. One more step toward the North American Union. Sit up and pay attention!

    Call it whatever you like but the real definition is programming.

  • Anonymous

    In Night School they tried to get me to sign an Oath of Diversity. I told the instructor, ” I only swear or sign an Oath for courtroom testimony or military induction…” When she insisted I continued, “And Second of all, 28 year old women don`t tell 46 year old men what the ****ing program is…” One of the first times I ever invoked the privledge of age. Later I told my Marine mailman sidekick, “Guess she`s used to steamrolling the 19 year old kids… That dog won`t hunt!” And my buddy responded, “Semper Fi Timmy! Borrow your accounting homework?…”

  • Anonymous

    There is no reason why you need to learn this in a Spanish LANGUAGE class. When people takes classes to learn English, they are never asked to memorize the national anthem of the U.S.

  • Anonymous

    Ummm… Didn’t the Spanish language, as Mexicans know it, originate in SPAIN?

    What on earth does the Mexican anthem have to do with learning the Spanish language?

    Incidents like this will only become more frequent. As a high school teacher I can tell you more and more students will call bull and refuse this indoctrination. I hope.

  • Anonymous

    If this were Mexico then it’s normal to recite the national anthem of Mexico. But this is the US we are talking about. Are the ‘multi-cult’ people going to demand that other countries follow suit? I hope not. I hope more people wake up to this insanity. Demanding an American girl to recite the Mexican national anthem in Texas, USA is unacceptable under any circumstance. If Americans moved to Mexico en masse and demanded the US national anthem to be sung in Mexican schools, Mexican people would be rightfully angry. Why don’t they understand Americans would be angry if they did the same thing in American schools? Respect never goes both ways for these multi-cult people. It’s sickening.

  • rockman

    Can it be any plainer what is going on here. Its invasion for conquest

  • Mr.White

    “That didn’t go over well with sophomore Brenda Brinsdon. The 15-year-old sat down and refused to participate.”

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    Brenda Brinsdon is a hero in my book and gives hope not all is lost in our struggle to save our country from these invading Mestizo Hordes. The pressure and taunting she likely received from these militant reconquistas to concede must have been substantial.

    Is it just me, or does this Mestizo “teacher” look like she’s giving the Nazi salute?

  • flyingtiger

    I wonder what would have happened if this student recided the national anthem of Spain? The mexicans probably would have beaten her up.

  • Anonymous

    6 — Anonymous wrote at 8:06 PM on October 19:

    “In Night School they tried to get me to sign an Oath of Diversity.”

    Oath of Diversity? I wonder how widespread that is? They must know what they are trying to do and fear independent thought. I’m going to check to see what is going on at my local community college. I’m gonna raise a stink if they’re doing this there.

  • Jack Krak

    On a slightly lighter note, I’ve seen the Mexican national anthem performed several times before US-Mexico soccer matches and it always makes me laugh. Whereas we place hand over heart palm to chest, Mexicans do it palm to floor with thumb touching chest. I always imagine the lyrics going “The Rio Grande was THIS high when I crossed……”

  • Southern Hoosier

    Why not learn to say our Pledge of Allegiance and our National Anthem in Spanish? Of course La Raza would have fit over that.

  • Anonymous

    of course the left is ready with their stock in trade reply “it was just a class exercise in ‘awareness’ ”

    Funny they don’t have students recite the Lord’s prayer – awareness of Christianity is making people aware of the crusades and inquisition.

    So tired of this nonsense from the left.

  • Anonymous

    Funny how the super sensitive left feigns shock -“oh what are you right wing nuts getting in a huff about, it’s just a class exercise”

    They know EXACTLY what they are doing, and they always have a soft, calculated lie to cover it ‘It’s just part of class, not a real pledge”

  • sedonaman

    I thought forcing oaths of allegiance were unconstitutional, and if you voluntarily take one to a foreign country, you lose your US citizenship. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_three_ways_to_lose_your_citizenship

  • Paleface 6

    6 — Anonymous wrote at 8:06 PM on October 19:

    “In Night School they tried to get me to sign an Oath of Diversity. I told the instructor, ‘ I only swear or sign an Oath for courtroom testimony or military induction…’ When she insisted I continued, ‘And Second of all, 28 year old women don`t tell 46 year old men what the ****ing program is…’ (Emphasis added.) One of the first times I ever invoked the privledge of age. Later I told my Marine mailman sidekick, ‘Guess she`s used to steamrolling the 19 year old kids… That dog won`t hunt!’ And my buddy responded, ‘Semper Fi Timmy! Borrow your accounting homework?…’ ”

    Priceless. Every parent who’s had to attend a parent-teacher conference knows that you usually wind up doing this, just to get the teacher to talk to you like an adult.

  • Anonymous

    To the person interested in the Oath of Diversity… I googled the term and found one at The University of St. Louis. In it you swear to accept people of different persuaions and fight for social justice. I`m guessing that this is close to the one I refused to sign… I`m sure more colleges have these than just a few.

  • Anonymous

    Quick Correction… The St. Louis University Oath is called The Oath of Inclusion, not Oath of Diversity. You tube- Welcome Week Introduction to Oath of Inclusion. Have a barf bag standing by…

  • Anonymous

    The You tube – Welcome Week Introduction to the Oath of Inclusion deleted my comment SECONDS after adding them… I guess their “inclusion” doesn`t “include’ dissenting opinons… Go figure!!!

  • Richard

    This article and accompanying video are horrifying. I always thought that singing a national anthem or reciting a country’s oath of allegiance were tantamount to declaring loyalty to that country. Why should American high school students be forced to learn oaths of allegiance of another country? I don’t see high school students in northern Washington or other areas close to the US/Canadian border forced to sing “Oh Canada.” And I would think that it would be more productive and infinitely more interesting for students to learn more about Canada than Mexico.

  • Bardon

    Reading about this incident made me speechless. How anyone, ANYONE with a remnant of mental sanity can come with such an insult to the American nation ?

    1. English as the official language in the whole of the US

    2. Spanish language, as an important part of EUROPEAN heritage should be taught in classes, along with French and German – but NOT in such an degrading environment & circumstances.

    Breeding a hostile nation’s ethnic nationalism within one’s own borders- this is insanity.

  • Allan

    This woman should be fired for pressuring the students to pledge themselves to another country. What would happen to a German teacher who forced her students to sing DEUTSCHLAND UEBER ALLES?

  • rjf101

    I looked up the high school mentioned, and according to the school census, 100% of its 96 students are Hispanic. That data may be a year or two old, but in any case Brinsdon is probably the only white student there (I’m assuming she is white from her non-Spanish surname).

    In the Rio Grande Valley region, which is about 85% Hispanic, it doesn’t surprise me that they would say pladges to the Mexican flag, especially in a Spanish class. But, honestly, does it matter? It seems to me that the Rio Grande Valley is a lost cause by now, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone that there is a strong loyalty to Mexico in the region.

  • Anonymous

    My wife and I donated a substantial sum to a teen age sports league in a major US city. At the opening ceremony they first sang the Puerto Rican anthem and then a US anthem. It was the last year we made a donation.

  • Seek

    So St. Louis University, a Jesuit institution, has an Oath of Inclusion? I grew up in St. Louis. About the most controversial topic on campus back then was whether the Billiken basketball team would go to the NCAA playoffs. What’s gotten into the clergy and laity there?

  • Frank

    What do you expect with a Mexican teacher and a Mexican princpal? It is time to rid ourselves of such “teachers.” I hope the white residents of the area take legal action to get rid of them and to ask for damages. These kids are not getting the proper education.

  • Anonymous

    #27: Puerto Rico is a US Protectorate. I didn’t know they had their own anthem.