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Confederate flag stirs controversy in US & abroad

February 28, 2013
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The Confederate battle flag continues to stir up controversy in high schools in both the US and abroad as teenagers who display the flag as a symbol of pride in their heritage and traditional values are being told by school administrators that it is in reality nothing more than a symbol of hatred.

Confederate battle flag is banned as a symbol of hate by high schools in the US and abroad

The Confederate flag – the most recognisble cultural symbol of the Southern people – is banned in many US schools

Dolores High School in Dolores, Colorado, banned the battle flag last December following an alleged hate crime at the school.  (See here for SNN’s coverage of the story from last year.) Yet, despite mandatory anti-Southern ‘tolerance’ instruction, the debate continues. Tanya Mendis with Albuquerque’s ABC affiliate, KOAT, had the story in late January.

Residents packed a Delores [sic] school board meeting Tuesday to voice their opinions on a controversial ban that’s forced one student to park off campus and a visit from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The meeting stems from an alleged incident that took place at Dolores High School this past fall where a teacher became a victim of a hate crime.

After that, the superintended [sic] decided he was banning anything that could be perceived as hateful like Swastikas, Black Power fists and Confederate flags. The ban caused such uproar that it attracted the Justice department.

The DOJ sent a peacekeeper to try to bring calm to a school board meeting and the hundreds more in the small farming town who are torn apart.

Rather than admitting that they acted hastily and reverse the ban, then focusing on finding and punishing the perpetrator of the alleged hate crime, this town of about a thousand has invited the federal government in to help alleviate tensions.

After a hateful display showed up in a teacher’s classroom, the school banned all Confederate flags, forced Logan to park off campus and brought in the DOJ.

“We had seen a rise in the display of Confederate flags and also a rise in racial slurs,” Dolores Schools Superintendent Scott Cooper said. “(We brought in the DOJ) as a positive next step for kind of patching up after a pretty rough end.”

While school administrators have banned ‘anything that could be perceived as hateful,’ there is no evidence to suggest that any students were going around wearing swastikas or displaying Black Power fists. In fact, the superintendent is clear that the display of the Confederate flag had been on the rise—not the display of the swastika or the Black Power fist—and it had to be stopped. Including ‘anything’ that could be perceived as hateful was really not necessary, since none of the other named symbols even existed at the school. Therefore, it appears that in actuality only Confederate flags were banned.

Meanwhile, in Ontario, Canada, students at Sutton District High School are being told that they can no longer display the Confederate flag on school grounds, reported Katie Daubs of the Toronto Star.

A high school in York Region has banned a controversial flag long synonymous with America’s Deep South, but also with prejudice and racism.

The Confederate flag became popular at Sutton District High School in the last two years, said principal Dawn Laliberté, emblazoned on bandanas, lighters, belt buckles, backpacks and pickup truck windows.

After explaining the flag’s symbolism to students this week, the school implemented a ban.

“Our first step is always to educate. We are only dealing with a handful of students who view it as a white pride kind of thing, so we thought now is the time to get the message out,” Laliberté said.

Note the anti-White language used to justify the ban of the flag. Laliberté speaks of ‘white pride’ as if it is something negative that must be dealt with, through education and indoctrination.

“It’s more about the country values, we don’t think of it as racist,” said a Grade 10 student, who has T-shirts, belt buckles and hats with the symbol, and plans to keep wearing them.

“I didn’t even know it was racist,” said Grade 12 student Jess Pasco, as her friend agreed. “Then I Googled it.”

Some students obviously see the Confederate flag as a positive expression of their own identities, while others had no opinions about it one way or the other, until influenced by school administrators to believe that the flag is something negative.  Administrators are clearly creating a controversy where there was none.

On Friday, officials with the school did not return calls, but the York Region District School Board emailed a statement saying the decision to ban the flag was in line with board policy about respectful workplace and learning environments.

“The board recognizes and respects the diversity of our people as a source of strength and does not tolerate any expression of prejudice,” the statement read in part.

However, their tolerance clearly does not extend to individuals who value the Confederate battle flag as a symbol of heritage and traditional values.

It is interesting to note that Sutton District High School is located near Toronto, which is touted as one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Toronto’s own website boasts that as of 2006 they are home to 30 per cent of Canada’s recent immigrants, and 20 per cent of all immigrants to Canada, and that between 2001 and 2006 the city welcomed more than a quarter of a million immigrants. As of 2001, 47 per cent of Toronto’s residents—more than 1.1 million people—reported themselves as ‘visible minorities,’ meaning that they are non-White.

With such statistics, it is not surprising to see young White Canadians embracing the Confederate battle flag as a symbol of pride and tradition. Like the US, Canada is also being overrun with Third World immigrants, and young Whites are likely beginning to fear the genocide of their own people.

 

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  • cinaed57

    Anyone been to a “Civil” War battlefield lately? Been to the gift shop? You know, the one which is funded by the tax payers of this land through the US National Parks Service? Yes, that one. There’s one at Vicksburg, MS. If you didn’t already notice, there are a multitude of Confederate Battle Flags on display and for sale.

    Does anyone besides me not see the irony of this?

    I sense a wonderful pretext for a very aggressive lawsuit on our behalf in this. If the US government can sell the Confederate Battle Flag at its national parks, then it is not a symbol of hate, and those advocating and litigating against its honor must force the US Parks Service to remove it from sale and display first.

    Just sayin’…..

  • Logan Smith

    “I didn’t even know it was racist,” said Grade 12 student Jess Pasco, as her friend agreed. “Then I Googled it.”

    This makes me so mad. These kid’s didn’t even know about the small percentage of people who use our flag in a hateful way. Now they’ll think that small percentage represent’s all of us, and the misconception will continue to grow. How sad.

  • Jim

    None of this would be a problem, but for the fact that they are banning Southern Flags in the South. Interestingly, I read that for a history class at an elementary school in the North, they put out Union and Confederate Kepis. None of the boys in the class wanted the Blue kepis. I wonder why?

  • Dixie Rose

    I like to wear my set Confederate Flag earrings to work on dress-down Fridays to the liberal university where I work. At an institution where it is common to see t-shirts with Che Quevara, Mao, Malcolm X, MLK, Karl Marx, and you name it, I have no fear in wearing the earrings. At all. I don’t think the administration likes it, but if they harass me about it, they will have one helluva lawsuit. It is called academic freedom! The kind of freedom that allows for socialist organizations to exist on campus. To allow Malcolm, Martin, Marx and Mao, but to deny Confederate heritage, particularly IN THE SOUTH, is not only a travesty, but also a slap-in-the-face of all Southerners. All of these bans going on seem rather unconstitutional to me. Deo Vindice

    • Jim

      In Texas we have the advantage that Texas Regiments in the WSI, tended to use the Lonestar Flag. We have gigantic flags flying all over and most Yankee types don’t realise that it is a Confederate Flag.,ha ha!! We aslo fly the Bonnie Blue and the First National, which they haven’t caught on to, either.

      • Long Live Dixie

        One thing I thought was funny was the flag change in Georgia. Georgia ended up with a state flag based on the First National Flag. And none of the Negro/Yankee/Jewish agitators even realise it.

  • John D Cooper Jr

    I am a southern from Covington, TN and I fail to see how WE have lost OUR southern heritage. I feel as though that is something no one can take away. The days of large plantations full of slaves are gone, however, every Southern can/does have their own home and land. Southern families can still remember their ancestors and their heritage. I don’t support the enslaving of any race. The Romans, Greeks, and others throughout history allowed slavery in their societies and they enslaved all races. Others see the confederate flag as a symbol of slavery, the abuse allowed under the slavery system, and the blood of over a million Americans spilled to end slavery in the United States. Many American place the confederate flag in the same category as the flag used by Nazi Germany. The flag reminds them of the concentration camps, the abuse allowed in concentration camps, and the blood of millions spilled to end the abuse inflicted by the Germans during Adolf Hitler’s Nazi rule. Should the Nazi flag be flown in the German Parliament to commemorate that time in history? Should a park recognizing members of the Nazi party be erected? Should remember the positive things these man accomplished or should we look at the person as a whole to decide who deserves a statue or park?

    • Michael

      You may claim to be a Southerner by birth but your worldview is antithetical to the traditional Southern view of life and the world. It’s revealing that you compare Southerners to Nazis. What is your real agenda here? To promote your Leftist, anti-Southern values? Do you really believe that people on a website titled ‘Southern Nationalist Network’ are at all interested in your anti-Southern, anti-White politics?

    • Virginian Secessionist

      ‘Many American place the confederate flag in the same category as the flag used by Nazi Germany.’ Many ‘Americans’ think getting fat at McDonald’s is normal. I don’t think you should accept a view as true simply because ‘Many American[s]‘ hold it.

      ‘The flag reminds them of the concentration camps, the abuse allowed in concentration camps, and the blood of millions spilled to end the abuse inflicted by the Germans during Adolf Hitler’s Nazi rule.’ Those things were definitely bad. But need I remind you that anyone driving a Volkswagen must say, ‘Thank you, Hitler’ for their wonderful little car? Need I remind you that Hitler rebuilt the German economy (which wouldn’t have been so ruined had the Entente not been so brutal in punishing her after the Great War) and brought a renewed sense of pride and work-ethic to the German people?

      ‘Others see the confederate flag as a symbol of slavery, the abuse allowed under the slavery system, and the blood of over a million Americans spilled to end slavery in the United States.’ Well, I see the ‘American’ flag as a symbol of conquest, the abuse allowed under the Reconstruction system, and the blood of untold millions of unborn children spilled by Roe v. Wade in the United States. Your beloved flag has done far more evil (also, remember, the deaths you lament in that war supposedly to ‘end slavery’ were caused by your flag, not mine) than mine ever could. There’s a reason why the rest of the world burns your flag and waves mine proudly. Yours is THE ultimate symbol of tyranny, and thus ours is THE ultimate symbol of resistance to tyranny.

      You may call yourself Southern. You may have stronger Southern heritage than I (I really don’t know). But I’ll tell you one thing, you sure don’t act like a Southron. Don’t apologise for our past. Was it perfect? No. Did/Do our people have flaws? Absolutely. But these are OUR people. We do not apologise for them to others. Where we are wrong or weak and in need of improvement, we should certainly work to improve. But this work is done internally, not by selling out to our enemies. If you truly wish to support the Southern people, the first thing you need to do is quit pretending that our conquerors have our best interests at heart.

      • Jim

        Whenever they say X percent of the American people believe this or that, on the latest poles, I ignore it. By “American people”, they mean only those living inside the western borders of Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois, and north of the Mason-Dixon line. No Southrons were asked, and except for some trendy lefties in Frisco, Portland and Seattle, no Westerners were asked, either. Confederate symbols are only controversial to Yankees and those whom wish to court their favour.

        The media, like all Yankees, believe they are America. Nothing else outside the old Union states counts. Thus Texas and Alabama are dusty relics of an embarrassing past that just need to blow away in the winds of change. New Mexico and Wyoming are just places where they get their coal and other raw materials.

    • Long Live Dixie

      Liberals seldom miss a chance to bring forth their “Nazi” labels.

      John D. Cooper, you’ll find that that doesn’t work too well around here.

      Michael, you must have gotten someone’s attention. This guy is the third egalitarian to start posting here in the last week or two.

      • Jim

        Most of them also don’t realise that they’re defending New England supremacy and three hundred year old memes created by long dead Puritans. Not “America” as they imagine.



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