I don't think it's a question of whether it should be, but that it really can't be. It's protected by the first amendment, however its meaning has been misconstrued over the years and is now a symbol for hate. Though I believe all symbols of hate should be eradicated, but then I would risk my symbols of love, progression, and positivism as well.
I don't think so. Even though, many view it as a symbol of hate. Or even something bad. It isn't.
The confederate flag is a symbol of difference and change in our past. Just like the United States flag is. Something that people believed in enough to stand up for. Difference shouldn't be shunned.
People fought for what they believed in, what they thought was right. Banning something that our country so powerfully tries to encourage? Seeing that so many didn't agree and were willing to take a stand.
It's all about culture, and past times. Why should it be banned for something that made our country what it is?
As with other symbols, the Confederate flag was taken on as a symbol used by hate groups and so most people associate it with hatred. If that wouldn't have happened, most people would have no problem with seeing the flag displayed. But even with the bad people now associate with the symbol, I don't think it should be banned because that is a form of censorship that has no place in this country.
No, I don’t think that it should be banned. It is a part of our history and has nothing to do with race whatsoever. Only the idiots who misunderstand what the Civil War was really about use the Confederate Flag as a symbol of "white pride”.
Understanding that the war was about each state’s right to govern independently of a federal power is the answer to whether or not the flag is racist in any way. The war was about trade. The north found that it was unfair that the south did not have to pay its workers while the north did. The South was not fighting on behalf of hatred against blacks (though, many there had a lot of course) ,they were fighting for the right to do what they wanted to do.
The Confederacy represents individuality between states and is defiance against central ruling powers. The KKK started using it and marred its history, agreed, but still, it is a part of everyone’s history and we simply cannot begin to start hiding our history.
Those that forget the past are doomed to repeat it.
Should not because we are (supposed to be) a free country and we cannot go around banning things that we disagree with or that are contrary to our own beliefs.
If you don't like or agree with something than don't look at or pay attention to it. We can't ban everything that we don't agree on
We can all fly any flag we like. As mature minded adults, with some sense of personal integrity, we don't indulge the need to remind others of a very sordid era in US History with "In Your Face" symbols of that era.
There's free speech and then, there's the reality that any freedom carries with it maximum responsibility to use that freedom in the most positive and effective manner.
Personally, I find the Stars and Bars, the Confederacy and all that these symbolisms imply to be an attempt to capture attention among the most grossly insecure individuals in the country.
There's only one flag in the USA...the Stars and Stripes. If you wouldn't fly al Qaeda's flag, why would you deliberately fly a flag that desecrates your own country's values of respect for equality?
I think that the confederate battle flag should not be banned from use by private citizens. However, I don't think that it should be flown by state or local governments.
In addition to being seen as a racist symbol, it's also a symbol of open rebellion - war - against the national government. That war was fought at huge cost to both sides. The symbols of that war belong in a museum, not flying over state capitals as a way of implying that the South continues to see itself as separate from the rest of the country.
That flag is NOT who "they" are any more than a Revolutionary War flag is who people up north are. We fly one flag..the Stars and Stripes.
@Eleanore - I think a better comparison would be if we had lost the Revolution, England was still in control of the colonies, but we continued to fly the American flag instead of the British flag on public buildings.
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