I teach Spanish in rural Virginia (where population is 95% Caucasian), where things politically tend to run strong (mostly to the conservative side). Today I was in shock. I was working in a basketball game trying to raise money for the foreign language department. I had a 'booth' set up with knick-knacks from Latin America. At the end of the game, I was getting ready to pack things up when our SRO, along with another deputy sheriff, came over to my table. The SRO said, "What's all this Mexican stuff you have out on the table?" as he tugged on a mini desktop flag of Peru. I explained to them that I was raising money for the FL dept. They looked at each other and left. I was pensive about what just happened. I am always friendly with the SRO but I took this as an attack... Police around here openly talk about being conservative, which is why I felt like they were 'testing' me... or perhaps fishing for something... Now, I do not express myself a neither conservative nor liberal (since I can't really do it publicly anyway), but I felt upset. I try to be on good terms with everybody...but it doesn't always work (I know...you can't make everybody happy). So, how would you have reacted to this? I feel trapped and uncomfortable about this because Spanish is what I teach... and in rural VA it tends not to be a favored subject. Sales from my fundraiser went rather well, nonetheless. Thanks to all for your insight.