Confederate Flag Controversy
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This paper examines the issue of the display of the Confederate flag, an intermittent source of debate in the US for many years. The paper takes a particular look at one case in the late 1990s when controversy over the display of the flag on top of the South Carolina State House in Columbia led to a nationwide boycott instigated by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) against the state. The paper then makes the argument that individuals ought to be allowed to wear or display symbols containing the Confederate flag motif as a simple matter of their free speech rights, both on and off school campuses, or in any other venue.
From the Paper:"In 2006, the Southern Legal Resource Center, a nonprofit civil rights group, filed suit to permit several students at a high school in Knoxville, Tennessee to wear Confederate flag images on clothing. Racial tensions at the school nearly resulted in violent altercations at one point, resulting in a temporary lockdown. The students involved in the suit complained that black students were permitted to wear images of Malcolm X and related symbols without undergoing the same restrictions as the white students, thus raising the familiar argument of the double standard (Watson.) The Southern Legal Resource Center, which focuses on such cases, is also involved in a similar case in Texas, where several students at a high school near Dallas sued for the right to carry purses with the Confederate flag symbol on them, after they had been banned by administration officials. It seem clear that the dispute between administration policies and student rights is a heated one, and has implications beyond that of one particular symbol which some may find offensive. If students are in fact to be prepared for assuming the full rights and responsibilities of adulthood, as has often been argued, it seems reasonable to respect their rights on such a seemingly trivial matter."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Brunner, Borgna. "South Carolina's Confederate flag comes down." Infoplease, 30 June 2000. Accessed 30 March 2007. http://www.infoplease.com/spot/confederate4.html.
- Deller, Martha. "Texas students sue to carry purses decorated with Confederate flag." McClatchy Newspapers, 9 Feb 2007. http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/breaking_news/16665604.htm
- James, Douane D. "Hollywood students clash on whether Confederate-themed clothing should be banned." South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 26 Jan 2007. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl sflag26jan26,0,813272.story?coll=sfla-home-headlines.
- "Kentucky students embrace Confederate mascot, flag despite controversy." First Amendment Center. 9 December 2006. http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=17877.
- Watson, Kay. "Battle over right to wear images of Confederate battle flag." Knoxville: WBIR, 3 March 2006. http://www.wbir.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=32480.
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