Trong số báo trước chúng tôi đã báo động cờ máu xuất hiện tại trường Trung học Rowlett qua điện thư của ông Phạm Quang Hậu, Quản Trị Viên Cộng Đồng Người Việt Quốc Gia Dallas. Chúng tôi được biết nhiều tổ chức đã âm thầm vận động trong đó có Hội Đồng Quản Trị Cộng Đồng Người Việt Quốc Gia Dallas.
Nhưng tin vui mà chúng tôi nhận được sớm nhất của anh Bảo Vinh, cựu Quản Trị Viên Cộng Đồng Người Việt Quốc Gia Dallas cho biết qua điện thoại sáng Thứ Tư, ngày 31 tháng 05 năm 2017. Tiến sĩ Michelle Bounds, Hiệu Trưởng Trường Trung Học Rowlett đã đồng ý thay thế cờ vàng ba sọc đỏ thay vì lá cờ máu tại trường (Đính kèm lá thơ của anh Bảo Vinh và thơ phúc đáp của Tiến sĩ Michelle Bounds).
Lá cờ vàng được thay thế khổ 24×36 inch rất khó tìm. Thông thường chúng ta thường có loại 3×5 hay 5×7 feet. Tuy nhiên, sau khi liên lạc với anh Đặng Hiếu Sinh và anh cho biết sẽ thực hiện lá cờ theo kích cỡ này để kịp thời gian treo trước ngày tốt nghiệp.
From: Bao Vinh Peter [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2017 10:05 PM
To: Michelle Bounds
Subject: Regarding the Socialist Flag and Sensitivity
Dr. Michelle Bounds,
I recently read in the Vietnamese newspaper “Nguoi Viet” about the correspondence between you and Mr. Pham Quang Hau, board member of the Vietnamese American Community of Greater Dallas, about the Socialist Republic Flag of Vietnam to be carried at the upcoming graduation ceremony for Rowlett High School and feel very disappointed by the response to the matter. I represent the second generation of Vietnamese whose parents fled Vietnam escaping persecution and inhumane atrocities from that very symbol that represents the Communist Vietnam government. The symbol that the “foreign” student is about to bear forth on graduation, why is she allowed to carry a flag not representative of the mass majority of Vietnamese students in GISD overall? While we are celebratory of heritage, we as a free nation, do not condone symbols of hate, persecution or pure evil. This may seem like a hyperbole, would you allow for a student to bear the Nazi flag amongst students whose ancestors or parents are Jewish, just because that student was born in Germany? The legacy of the Vietnam War haunts the millions of Vietnamese that have settled here in America seeking refuge in freedom. Allowing that Socialist flag is not recognition, nor honor, but defamation to the hundred of thousands of lives sacrificed for the very ideal of freedom and liberty that Americans servicemen/women, Vietnamese troops and allies perished during that conflict. Such permission will not only bring upon sensitivities of wounds for myself, many Vietnamese families whose very parents and themselves can bear witness, but also for our Vietnam Veterans are still healing from the wounds of it.
I graduated from North Garland High School of GISD, and feel there is a need for my voice of someone who grew up having to learn this bitterness, pain and suffering my parents had to endure to present to you my thoughts for understanding and appeal. The matter can be resolved through a dialogue where I hope you will reconsider to prevent such a blow to the esteem of the school and for the school district. Graduation in my recollection should be a time of celebration, joy, and excitement, not of angst, anger, and disappointment. The Freedom, Heritage Flag representative of the Vietnamese Community here in Greater Texas and the United States is honored by governors and many other cities across the country, but here in the DFW, including Garland, Carrollton, Grand Prairie, Fort Worth, Arlington, and Tarrant County. As a petition to you I will happily provide for you the Freedom, Heritage (Republic of Vietnam) flag as the symbol that bears true honor and recognition of the contributions many Vietnamese have devoted to this great state, and country. If you consider the feelings of one or two foreign students, please be mindful of the hundreds, and thousands of students within the school district whose parents, grandparents sought freedom here in the United States escaping the Communist government. I am a proud Garland resident, taxpayer, and hope this matter can be concluded with the retraction of Socialist Republic flag prior to the ceremony, as further delay will escalate further to the Board of Trustees and Superintendent.
Dr. Bao Vinh (Peter), PharmD, RPh, MPA
Mr. Peter, I totally understand the situation you have presented to me regarding the use of the current Vietnamese National flag. I am old enough to remember the horrific situation in Vietnam, and had friends who fought there. In no way would I want to disrespect a member of the Vietnamese community.
Our situation was simply that we were only provided with a Vietnamese national flag from the company who provides our set of national flags for graduation. I have spoken with the student involved and explained that if she had a South Vietnamese flag that matched our other flags, I would certainly allow her to carry it. Our flags are 24 inches by 36 inches (2 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide). If yours would match that size, then maybe we could use yours?
Again, I apologize if the impression was that we were being insensitive or disrespectful. We are hoping to provide a suitable solution.