After Team USA runner Leo Manzano scored a silver medal in the 1,500-meters, he celebrated by waving two national flags. He wanted to honor both the nation in which he was born—Mexico—and the nation in which he grew up to become a world-class runner—the US. Ruben Navarrette Jr. can understand why many of his fellow Mexican-Americans found the decision to be "charming." As for him, "it upset my stomach," he writes at CNN.
Manzano wasn't in London representing himself or his own ego, but his country. He should have picked one, and the USA on his jersey should have made that easy. Notice any Italian-American athletes waving the Italian flag, too? Navarrette didn't think so. "This country took you in during your hour of need," he writes. "Now in your moment of glory, which country deserves your respect—the one that offered nothing to your parents and forced them to leave or the one that took you all in and gave you the opportunity to live out your dreams?" Read his full column here.