U.S. Olympic athlete holds up Mexican flag?!?!

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    The 27-year-old was born in Mexico, but the United States is his country now. His father migrated here illegally from the city of Dolores Hidalgo. Manzano was brought here when he was 4. Like most immigrants, they came in search of greater opportunity. And they found it -- for themselves, and their children.

    That little boy eventually became a U.S. citizen. And then, after a lot of hard work and thousands of hours of training, he got the chance to represent his country and compete in the Olympics. And, to put the cherry on the sundae, he actually wins a silver medal. The last time an American won a medal of any kind in the 1500 meters was 44 years ago.

    You can't help but be proud of Manzano and the country that allowed him the opportunity to fulfill his potential.

    So why did Manzano carry two flags with him on his victory lap? As the world looked on, he held up both the U.S. flag and the Mexican flag. Not a good look. And not a good idea.

    Manzano posted messages on Twitter throughout the competition -- in Spanish and English. After his victory, he tweeted, "Silver medal, still felt like I won! Representing two countries USA and Mexico!"

    U.S. Olympic athlete, Mexican flag? - CNN.com

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    Alot of Mexican/Americans feel loyalty towards Mexico, you should see the soccer stadiums in LA when Team USA plays Mexico in soccer, everyone is rooting for the Mexican team.
     
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    murkins don't get out much. In the real world it is quite common to display the flag of your home country proudly below your country of residence.It also makes it easier to find a place to stop if you're traveling and not bilingual.The flag depicts the language, the food and other customs.
    That's what this kid was doing.He represented Mexicans as a people and the US as a citizen.
    Had he been from IsNtReal and displaying the false flag, nobody would have taken a second thought.
     
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    Well, shortly after Obama wins re-election, parts of California, Arizona, and New Mexico will be given to Mexico anyway.
     
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    You forgot Texas.
     
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    I thought Texas was going to Secede. They are sure taking their time about it.
     
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    I don't think this is that big of a deal. Walk through any ethnic neighborhood in this country and you'll find foreign flags flown. You'll see Italian flags in the North End in Boston. I think Manzano's actions may have been a gesture to honor his family as well. He displayed the American flag more prominently than the Mexican, it appears, judging by the photograph, so I don't really see an issue with it.
     
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    Flying the flag of your ethnicity outside your home is fine and dandy.

    But representing your country at an Olympic event is a whole different story. :cool:
     
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    Never!
     
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    I don't see the problem. He was born in Mexico and probably doesn't want to forget that. He is obviously proud of who he is.
    There is no law against an American carrying the Mexican flag, anyway.
     

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