What you can do to stop your school from banning symbols of Southern Heritage.
Click on this link, An Open Letter to Schools, and print the letter entitled "An open letter to schools considering banning Dixie Outfitters shirts" along with the "Dixie Outfitters’ Mission Statement" and submit them to your school principal or administrator. Also download and print these newspaper articles on recent lawsuits brought by students against the school for banning the Confederate Battle Flag:
Shingler v. Seminole County School District – Article
Shingler v. Seminole County School District – Court Ruling (PDF Document. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read this file. If you do not have this, you can download a free copy by going HERE.
Ask for his/her consideration of these documents in his/her decision regarding banning of Confederate symbols.
If your school official does not rescind the banning policy then you may organize a petition signing and/or speak to the school board. Click here for a form named "Petition" for you to use or to use as a guide.
Secure as many names as possible, complete with addresses and phone numbers. Encourage the petition signers to call their principal or school board members and express their displeasure at being denied their freedom of expression, as provided by the United States Constitution.
Contact your school board and request a time to speak at the next school board meeting. Contact all the people who signed the petition and tell them of the date and time of the school board meeting and ask them to come in support of the petition. Ask them to wear their Southern Heritage clothing. If the petition and calls to the school board do not change the policy, the next option is to sue the school board.
Contact these organizations for assistance with your suit against the school board:
A. – Go to the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) web site at www.aclu.org. Look on the bottom left for the nearest ACLU office nearest you and contact them about your problem.
Go to www.aclu.org/FreeSpeech/FreeSpeechMain.cfm and read about your rights to freedom of speech.
Go to www.aclu.org/FreeSpeech/FreeSpeechlist.cfm?c=87 and read about some First Amendment victories by the ACLU.
Go to www.aclu.org/StudentsRights/StudentsRights.cfm?ID=13149&c=159 and learn more your First Amendment rights as a student.
B. – Contact your local Sons of Confederate Veterans heritage defense officer for help. Contact information is at www.scv.org/heritageChairmen.php.
C. – Contact a local lawyer of your choice or contact Kirk Lyons of the Southern Legal Resource Center. The SLRC contact information is as follows:
PO Box 1235
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Suggestions for resolving a school ban on Confederate symbols in your community.
By Kirk D. Lyons
To report a heritage violation contact the SLRC case manager at 1-864-476-0656 and email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The SLRC is a group of Southern lawyers specializing in Southern Heritage offenses. They may take your case at little or no cost to you.
D. – Click the links below for information on other organizations that you may contact to help you protect your freedom of expression.
First Amendment Lawyers Association
Free Expression Network
Free Expression Policy Project
National Coalition Against Censorship
Thomas Jefferson Center For The Protection Of Free Expression
We at Dixie Outfitters know that most Southern people are "live and let live people" with a high tolerance level and a firm belief that all should enjoy the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States. We are not racist and do not hate people because of their color, but we cannot continue to allow the NAACP and the liberals to keep on destroying all vestiges of our Southern Heritage.
We have a right to be proud of our ancestors who gave their lives for their Southern homeland. We have a right to be proud of our Southern traditions and culture. The Confederate battle flag is a symbol of this heritage and culture. We have a right to be proud of this symbol. We must take a stand. We must continue the fight to save our Southern Heritage. I urge you to take all actions necessary to preserve our Southern culture.
Our ancestors were brave. They gave their lives for what they believed. Let us now summon the courage to start a petition drive or sign a petition or carry a flag and support our children and their legitimate Constitutional rights.
President, Dixie Outfitters