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    Another shining example of overreaching PC rhetoric run amok....Just because they are afraid of "offending" someone. This is sad...
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    Maybe its "pc rhetoric"---or perhaps they could be saving some kid from getting a dose of some one else's "objection" to this bigoted speech...
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    @Sonny That's true. I don't agree with the whole Confederate Flag, but banning it outright I don't agree with either. And if someone else's "objection" were to step in the way, there are laws for that...oh wait...nevermind....
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    More Liberal Assaults on the 1st amendment. This is a slippery slope, you going to ban elephants now because they stand for republicans? Pictures of rush? I don't like it.
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    @HPthinker I have five fingers, but any time I extended only the middle one, I got in trouble in school. A clear violation of my right to freedom of expression.
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    @HPthinker Let me turn this around on you. Do you think a high school should allow German students to fly swastika flags because it is part of their German heritage? The confederacy was responsible for the deaths of millions of Americans. Just like the Nazi's. The only reason for the confederacy to have come about was because they thought that some human beings should be able to own other human beings.
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    @PNWest Confederate flags belong in museums and battlefield reenactments. Or your garage wall. EVERY known white supremacist group in America flies the Confederate flag. That should tell you something.
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    First. It is not the "Stars and Bars" they are talking about the Confederate Battle Flag. Second, they can ban the display of it just as soon as they ban the display of the Mexican National flag!!!!
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    I really don't care if some one what's to have the confederate flag at school or not. Just don't get in my face about racism/slavery. You are right. If the confederate flag can't be displayed, the mexican flag can't be displayed. Along with any other flag.
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    A clear violation of freedom of speech. If they want to couch the argument as interupting the educational process, then they need to restrict more than just one type of symbol. Usually this is done by implementing school uniforms or eliminating t-shirts with the dress code policy.
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    I'm sure that other types and symbols have been removed as well. The south won't "rise again"...And frankly its high time that they got over it...They lost the Civil War, remember?
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    I can only speak from my experiences but there are a lot of symbols and statements that are against dress codes. In my high school we were allowed to wear clothes that promoted the Christian idea that non-believers would burn in hell. We could not, however, wear t-shirts with any "satanic symbols" because that was offensive to the Christian kids who were wearing shirts telling everyone else they were going to hell. Personally I wish they had said no to both, because they were both stirring up emotions of hate. We were also told no Star of David because appearantly some gang in Detroit used it as a symbol or something. Got myself suspended over that one for wearing one as protest to a Jewish girl I was friends with getting in trouble for it.(That protest did lead to a change to that rule.) in most schools you can't wear swaztikas or gang related signs.
    They really just need to go to uniforms for everyone. Express your pride, beliefs, and interests outside of school.
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    @Sonny - "...trustees voted 5-2 in favor of amending the district’s student code of conduct to prohibit the display of writings or images that are discriminatory, harassing or threatening, including the display of the Confederate flag." - discriminatory - anything that makes a distinction between groups (college shirts, rock bands, teacher union shirts, etc...)
    harassing - I find the letter F on my school work harassing.
    threatening - I am threatened by any form of anything.

    Perhaps they have good intentions, but we've been down this road and the answer is resoundingly no.
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    @Cheenoguy - I think the best practice is to allow kids to explore their ability to express and, more importantly, defend their positions, or eliminate those forms of expression as distractions from the learning process. Personally, I like the idea of letting the nuts self identify so that we can put a watch on them.
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    @DerivePI If the letter "F" bothers you, on your school work...Then work a little harder to avoid such a bad grade...If we need to "go down this road" a thousand times...Then so be it...Because schools, especially, should always continue to fight against bigotry and racism in our schools. Its bad enough that the rest of society has to deal with it...But our youngsters in school should NOT have to do anything there, but learn....and be safe.
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    If you find the Confederate Flag offensive, then your teachers are not teaching you history. Unless, you don't believe in the Constitution which guarantees STATE'S RIGHTS! I will never be ashamed of my Southern heritage. I will continue the good fight for State's Rights! Libs will never steal my history, pride or tradition. SOUTHERN BY THE GRACE OF GOD!!!!
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    Just another bunch smug self congratulatory pat on the back bunch of PC panty-waists.they want to be on the cutting edge of political correctness and get a little attention,The Flag means whatever it means to you,not what some PC attention get er assigns to it.on a different note,a picture of a flag on a shirt is going to bother a student to the point that they can't do school work?please don't be that simple minded!!have you seen some the tee-shirt designs that they wear o school?Grow up!quit looking for tings to whine about!
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    Take all the "pride" you want in your "heritage" & flag...But do it at home, not in the schools. Other people should not be forced to endure your bigotry...I think the school board was absolutely right on this!!
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    @MongoAPillager So whats your point? I have repeatedly said that I don't care if people want to excercise their free speech and even celebrate their racist beliefs...I just don't want it done in school around our children...So again, what's your point here? That this guy "19-year-old Byron Thomas, is black, so therefore there is no racism behind the confederate flag?....Well again, Mr. Thomas is entitled to his own opinion as am I as well as you...I don't agree with him, or you....But I don't care what he has to say on this subject of racism and bigotry---When he gets to be my age, and has some experience living under his belt...then have him get in touch with me---until then, both him & you can be as racist as you want to be---Just don't do it in our schools.
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    @Sonny its only your progressive spoon fed opinion,so if the children want to wear a flag that upsets you,tough cookies,your opinion and a buck fifty will get you a cup of coffee
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    @MongoAPillager You're not paying attention...Let me try once more to offer my "opinion". You see it's not "me" that I'm concerned about being "upset"..I thought I made it abundantly clear, that my ONLY concern was for the children...Our children were just recently shot & killed up in Conn. last week...Did you forget that. They deserve to have a place where they can be safe, free from politics, racism and bigotry and be allowed to be children. The purpose of school is for young minds & bodies to grow...Not have to deal with prejudice and hatred...Don't you get enough of that on here and elsewhere in our society...

    So I hope that helps clarify my position on this for you...Please feel free to display any and all symbols of bigotry and hatred that you want, anywhere you want.(its your a$$) But please leave the kids out of this.. Oh, and by the way, I like Starbucs Coffee---But it usually costs me $2.07 a cup where I live...Can you spot me an additonal $.57cents the "buck fifty" you referenced, is just a little short---Oh, I'm good for it...

    Sonny
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    This, in addition to being a violation of the 1st Amendment, is a no-brainer. The Civil War has long since ended. What difference does it make want to display the Confederate Flag?
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    Amazing, the ignorance of people who seek victimization for free gub'mint money & those that endorse it . The Stars & Bars is a Confederate Battle flag , that's it . Not one single slave was ever transported into this country on a ship flying this flag. You want truth - learn something , you need to blame someone - start with the Africans who raided villages , capturing their own people to sell to the Arab slave traders. More blame , OK - blame the English who bought those slaves from the Arabs who bought them from the Africans & brought them here on ship flying the Union Jack. Please read & have a slight clue to what you're commenting on - a mind is a terrible thing to waste, by being spoonfed libbie-moonbat nonsense.
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    I believe in freedom of speech but I also don't believe that school is the place for it. The only flag that should be allowed is the American flag only.
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    @hwyangel you can say the same thing about football jerseys. What if a kid wore a Steelers jersey in a Dallas school and caused a fight. Should the school ban all jerseys but the home teams? Freedom of speech for all or freedom of speech for none. There is no middle ground.
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    @wild_turkey6

    I was meaning to refer to political issues but if people started using children to promote sport teams or sport teams caused children to bully each other or caused protests, then Yes.
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    @hwyangel Kids are going to bully and get bullied. If it isn't over sports teams, it will be over being too fat, or too skinny; being too poor or being too rich, having too dads, or no dads at all. The point is, you are trying solve a complex problem, with a simple solution. Kids don't bully over what someone wears, they bully because of a psychological need. That is what needs to be addressed, not taking away someone's 1st Amendment Rights.
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    The Confederate Flag is the symbol of rebellion not bigotry. If you knew your history you would know Robert E. Lee freed his slaves before the war started. and Ulysses S. Grant freed his after. But the whole meaning is rebellion. Saying the Confederate flag is racist is like saying the Union/Our current flag is racist because we rebelled against England. A country that stopped that slavery. Get your facts straight.
  • #115
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    A public school shouldn't display a Confederate flag on their flagpole, as they shouldn't with a Mexican flag, British flag, Japanese flag, or anything other then Old Glory and the appropriate state flag. It's unpatriotic.
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    @wild_turkey6 They should be required to change their flag. Mississippi has been a part of the US for far longer then it had been a confederate state, so I don't see why their flag should even remotely resemble it.
  • #112
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    Given whatall derogatory references, both real and ideologically, the Confederate flag stands for and our ever vigilant drive to ascend our cultural consciousness, I feel that banishing its display is the logical step in securing our conscientious progression as we work to move from the unfortunate travesties of the past towards the betterment of our Humanity as a whole.
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    too much p/c nonsense, this is not as offensive as flying another country's flag here as if they won a war and taken over.
  • #91
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    Okay, but you have to ban all the Che Guevara, Pol Pot,and any other fascist, mass murdering shirts as well.
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    If you believe in the Republic Of The United States Of America and what this country stands for then you would not fly the stars and bars. That is the flag of traitors to the Republic. It is that simple. We don't need liberals stepping in and adding their foolish thoughts to this. If you fly the stars and bars then you believe in ALL that the confederacy stood for and those who still believe in it and want it back. They can fly it if they want and at least you know exactly what they stand for. As for me I believe in the Republic and hope to god that that we can get politicians that will actually do their job. Right now I can see why someone would want to turn to the confederacy with the state the Republic is in as for me I will fight for real change and not for the foolishness of the liberals or the idiocy of the tes party and I will never fly the stars and bars, ever.
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