Is it Okay for States to support the Rebel Flag?
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The USA people hide behind the USA constitution to legitimize their right towards open racism. I don't agree with people advertising their offensive behavior i.e. flying the confederate flag but I choose to live in the USA so I'm forced to accept their bible, the USA constitution.
The research, led by psychologist Christopher Ferguson and published in the Journal of Communication, not only found that there was no link between violent media and behaviour but also questioned the methodology of previous studies suggesting the two were related.
We"re not going to give this guy an excuse about a book he might have read, or a movie he watched or a song he listened to, or a symbol" Graham said yesterday on CNN. "It"s him. It"s not the book, it"s not the movie, it"s not the flag.~U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina
Blame should start at the source then to one's parents, friends, and white supremacy groups. At the end of the day, symbols are for the symbol-minded.
An aside: Humans belong to the animal kingdom so we're all animals.
George Orwell wrote 'All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.' This is the classic double standard in the USA.
"Defenders of the flag are going to say, "if the flag had been taken down and put away, this senseless act would have happened anyway, this would have not deterred this young man from taking a gun and killing these people,'" he told TIME. But even though he"s less than optimistic, he thinks the massacre in Charleston has brought the legislature "closer to moving it than ever before."
I chose those two paragraph because they are examples of how the hold the Rebel Flag has on a State. The two paragraphs are referring to the incident that happened in an Historic Black church which also was the host of a killing spree. Which law officers are saying was "Racially Motivated"
Racism isn't something that you were born with, but is something that is taught. I know you may be thinking, " Well what does this have to do with the Confederate or Rebel Flag?" To answer your question the rebel flag influence individuals, because of its symbol/ meaning. Also if you notice in paragraph one it says that the Governor of the state lost his election because he wanted to remove the Rebel Flag.
In paragraph two it says that even without the flag the incident could have still happened, and that is true. However I still believe that the rebel flag had an Influence in it.
To the aboriginal americans, the USA constitution is a symbol of white supremacy created by slave owners. Should we also censor it because it symbolizes our dark past? See founding fathers slave owners; The considerable investment of Southern Founders in slave-based staple agriculture, combined with their deep-seated racial prejudice, posed additional obstacles to emancipation. http://www.britannica.com...
"First Amendment freedoms are most in danger when the government seeks to control thought or to justify its laws for that impermissible end. The right to think is the beginning of freedom, and speech must be protected from the government because speech is the beginning of thought.""Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Ashcroft V. Free Speech Coalition
South Carolinians and confederate flag supporters in general are nostalgic about racism and white supremacy and it's perfectly within their civil liberties to not censor their actions. The USA constitution protects their passions for hate, racism, pro-slavery, etc.
"Censorship reflects a society"s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime" " Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, dissenting Ginzberg v. United States, 383 U.S. 463 (1966)
I disagree with confederate supporting fucktards but must accept the 200+ year old, myopic, white supremacist symbol known as the USA constitution.
Focus on healthy parenting, healthy mates, healthy relationships and leave symbols to the symbol-minded!
Caddell, who describes herself as a Republican with tea party leanings, said her affection for the flag stems not just from her personal history, but from a mistrust of the federal government. Nearly five years later, she said everyone has long since moved on from the quarrel over her yard.
"It's all calmed down. Nobody's aggravated with me anymore," Caddell told The Huffington Post in an interview on her porch. "They understand it's not a racial thing with me, which I'm very thankful for, because it never was."
Things have certainly calmed down, but Caddell shouldn't be so sure that the aggravation has dissipated.
"Blown over? Nothing's blown over," said Rollins Edwards, 93, who lives two doors from Caddell and served as the first African-American member of the Dorchester County council. "We don't want nothing to remind us of slavery in the morning. To look over there at that flag, I don't like it.
"People come by here and stare in disbelief that that flag is flying in this neighborhood," Rollins, a World War II veteran, added.
The bottom line is the Rebel Flag should not be upheld in any state in America, because of its meaning. It is a constant reminder of slavery , and that the South didn't want to abolish slavery and that the Rebel Flag was its flag. Therefore anyone who supports the Rebel Flag is basically saying they supported the south during the war which means they believe blacks should still be slaves. I think I have provided more than enough evidence to support my argument.
People choose to be offended.
The USA constitution wins, no censorship.
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