"We're all big fans of the Dukes of Hazard," said Dan Fredin, who was suspended, along with Joe Snyder and Justin Thompson. "It's just us showing we have our own style and we aren't going to conform to whatever anyone else thinks."That will get you in trouble right from the get go with the conformists.
School officials say at least one of the students waved and carried the flag in the parking lot. The boys argue they never took the flags off their trucks, but they admit they brought them to the school.Hmmm. The Confederate Flag equals hatred and bigotry (against who?) as well as racism? Why is it a symbol of racism? Because it was used by the KKK during their rallies? Does that mean the Duke Boys and the show "Dukes of Hazard" was racist? Was that show about hatred and bigotry?
Officials asked the students to remove the flags. Eventually, all three students were suspended for three days -- which, in this case, included graduation. Officials say a Student Code of Conduct prohibits behavior that may provoke or offend other students.
"We are very clear that the Confederate flag is a symbol of hatred, bigotry and racism," said Rick Kaufman, the Executive Director of Community Relations at Bloomington Kennedy High School.
Now, you can say that the KKK was about hatred, bigory and racism as it was directed against Jews and Blacks. But, does the Confederate Flag represent those ideals as well? Let's go back to the earlier days of the Confederate Flag. From WikiPedia again...
The first Confederate Flag was called "The Stars and Bars" and somewhat resembled the then current US Flag. It was changed to the second confederate flag that was called "The Stainless Banner". It was this flag that incorporated the symbol that later became known as the Confederate Flag as part of its design. The third flag was square and was the battle flag of the confederate states in order to distinguish its armies from the northern Union armies' flags. Ultimately there were 13 stars within the blue crossed banner on a field of red. A navy flag was developed from this but made into rectangular shape and a much lighter blue field. This flag was not widely used. The final flag, that became the widely known "Confederate Flag" utilized the rectangular shape of the navy flag and the colors from the battle flag.
The flags were designed over many years to help distinguish armies from opposing armies and to denote who is involved and identified under that flag. Thus there were 13 stars for the 13 states near the end of 1861.
So, here we see the formation and history of the flag and how it was not intended as means to promote and instill fear and hatred upon the Confederate State's enemies. The ideology of the Confederate States is one of rebellion and standing up for what you believe in and fighting against the big government rules.
From WikiPedia.com comes this definition of bigot: Bigot is often used as a pejorative term against a person who is obstinately devoted to prejudices even when these views are challenged or proven to be false or not universally applicable or acceptable.
So get this. To be a bigot to means to be intolerant of other people's views, to be prejudiced against others and to hold opinions that are counter to common knowledge. To me, it is the school officials that are bigoted here. They are the ones that are being hateful and bigoted towards the views of these High Schoolers. To me, this is clearly a violation of free speech.
And, the Civil War was not about racism. It was about state's rights over federal rights. It was about the feds telling the states what laws they will be forced to enact and how to live their lives. That war was not about the hatred of blacks. While some in the south probably did indeed hate blacks (that feeling was world wide actually), the reason for secession was over the fact that the states did not want to be told how to operate by the feds.
"It's truly unfortunate that the bad decision they made will prevent them from walking across the stage in graduation," Kaufman said adding that the school has dealt with students bringing confederate flags to school before.Now, was this after school and in the parking lot? Or was it in a classroom? If it was after school, then I think something could be made that they were on their own time.
But the students argue the punishment doesn't fit the crime. They say they show the flag as a sign of rebellion, not racism.Yeah, wonder why that is?!?! Hmmm?
"The confederate army was in rebellion to the U.S. Army who were about money and power," Fredin said. "We never took it as racial or anything like that."
Meantime, the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota said the students would likely not have a case in court.
"If the authorities can make the claim that the presence of the flag can reasonably disrupt the educational process than they can censor it," said Charles Samuelson with the ACLU of Minnesota.Yeah, not like the ACLU to stand up for normal decent people. ACLU is all about trashing christianity, protecting deviants and freaks, and demolishing established historical and cultural norms.