Education would ease flag disputes

October 11, 2009

Candice Hardwick filed suit in 2006 against her school district in Latta, S.C., for not allowing her to wear clothing containing Confederate emblems. U.S. District Court Judge Terry Wooten recently ruled in a summary judgment hearing in favor of the school district that the symbols are disruptive.

Candice’s counsel argued that her First Amendment right to free expression and equal protection rights were violated. Other kids were allowed to wear FUBU, Black Power and Malcolm X shirts. The judge said she did not have enough proof of this argument.

Disruption is characterized by unrest, disorder or insubordination. When the FUBU et al was worn there was no unrest, disorder or insubordination. The Caucasian students were obviously instilled with law-abiding integrity and respect for the rights of others. Also, unlike all other elements of our society, Southern Caucasian students are not a protected species by the federal government and their guilt of racism is a predetermined conception.

Oh, but the sight of the Confederate flag reverberates the indelible memories of the old South and slavery. This is only true for members of the dumb masses that are blindly ignorant of how slavery was perpetuated, where it existed in the United States, who performed the marketing, who owned slaves, when it started and how it really ended.

Reasons that integrate slavery with the Confederate flag are far outnumbered by those that more closely integrate slavery with the U.S. flag. Education can make the former less disruptive than the latter.

Charlie Graham
Prattville