A Tucson Reader Questions The "Celebration" Of Cinco De Mayo In Los Estados Unidos
May 05, 2011, 05:00 AM
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From: Scott D. Evans [Email him]

Maybe I've been living in a cave somewhere for most of my life, but I was unaware of the fact, until made aware of it by today's Ask.com question of the day  tthat Cinco de Mayo is not a holiday that is celebrated in all parts of Mexico. This strikes me as very interesting, given the fact that the forces of Political Correctness here in America would have us believe that not only is it a holiday celebrated across Mexico, but one that plays a major role in America's own history.

According to sources linked from Ask.com, Cinco de Mayo

" In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.[7][8] Contrary to widespread popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day,[9][10] the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico, which occurs on September 16th."

That last sentence is particularly eye-catching. While it is not surprising that Americans give little or no thought to the origins of the holidays they robotically "celebrate",, it is simply beyond comprehension that any attention would be paid in the U.S. to a holiday that not only has nothing whatsoever to do with American history, but is not even considered a significant holiday in Mexico. I seriously doubt that any but a single-digit number of immigrants from Mexico have any interest in Cinco de Mayo—let alone any Mexican-Americans who have no immediate connections to their ancestral homeland.

My visceral desire is to broadcast this un-PC fact far and wide. However, given the all-but-fossilized resistance in this country to reason, fact, and the historical record, such an effort would probably be fruitless.

James Fulford writes:  it's our business to broadcast un-PC facts and we've mentioned a few things about Cinco De Mayo, and.  See Cinco De Mayo Means Freedom From Foreigners. Why Don't We Try That In The U.S.?, and Celebrate Cinco De Mayo—Victory Over Invaders! My most recent says Happy Cinco De Mayo! Now Go Home.