Should the Confederate Flag be publicly flown/shown?
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You make the idea that a parent has a right to shield a child from reality, and this is a dangerous idea. Things are not as black and white as most people try to play it off at home, in particular when it comes to ideologies, and symbolism. Imagine the culture shock of someone who is raised completely sheltered. I have seen it, these people can barely function as they have no coping mechanisms to deal with the reality around them.
The purpose of the First Amendment, and in fact any concept of Freedom of Speech, isn't to protect that speech or that expression, which is popular at the time. On the contrary, those forms need no protection, what is needed is to protect the ideas that we don't support, those that we can't abide by, and this is an important hallmark of a civilized society. That we allow those elements with whom we disagree to display, and publicly speak shows that we can disagree with the dissenting voice, and still respect their positions, in addition it leaves us open to greater understanding. Just because someone is of a group we disagree with, doesn't mean they don't have a valid point, even if it is a hate group there is likely some truth to be found and utilized within their speech, perhaps it is as simple as education, or exposure.
While a parent should have limited rights to parent their child in any way the deem fit, keep in mind, neglect is a choice too. Would you support fully neglectful parenting? Then why neglect their cultural development?
The Confederate Battle Flag, also, can be extremely oppressive to some people, and may even cause suicides, or cutting, or any other harmful things either to themselves or others.
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In the case of the flag in question, a large number of people who bore it did not consider it as a flag of southern oppression of enslaved peoples, but rather as a reminder of their heritage, which yes included that dark period, but also includes a great many positive things. Much like people who have redefined gender to be separate from biological sex, the flag was redefined. Now it seems that a small segment of the population wishes to redefine it again.
As to your last comment, you have no right to be shielded from feelings of oppression in public. You have no right to the expectation of not being offended. In a society that values free expression and free speech, you are guaranteed to be offended and even oppressed at some point.
The Constitution protects the right of an adult to parent their child(ren) as long as they meet standard/basic parenting requirements, and in no way does sheltering do anything against that, and all in all, this flag is, to more people than not, utterly 'de-' and 'o-' pressing, and keeping something like it around can, as I said in Round 2, lead to many bad things for either themselves (oppressed) or others. The Bill of Rights (Bill 1) protects the right to peacefully protest, but the question is: Are the Confederate Flags actually 'peaceful' protesting?
I don't think so: if it directly leads to self-harm, violence, and crime, then it isn't peaceful, at least not in my world. But it isn't my world, and anyone can thing whatever the bloody h* they want to, I don't give a s*.
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As terrible as it sounds, even a child 'harmed' by the execution of someone else's right is an acceptable loss on the larger scale.
As to protesting, unless direct violence is engaged, yes it would be peaceful protesting. But you are missing the larger point, it is expression in this case that counts, not 'protest' and that expression must be protected. If society doesn't protect the speech and expression is doesn't like, then it can not be said to believe in those freedoms. If it doesn't believe in those freedoms, then it is cultural hypocrisy at best to claim otherwise.
There are probably as many people offended, oppressed, and depressed by the 'black power' salute. Should it too be banned? What about the military salute, I am certain I can find people who would see it as oppressive? In an open and free society, you have no right to go about in public and be free of offense, or similar emotions, in fact in a free society, you are guaranteed to experience these emotions as a result of interaction with people whose right to speak openly about their beliefs are protected.
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