The First Amendment Protects Hate Speech Even When It’s Disguised as Heritage"
 
From: cliftonpalmermclendon@yahoo.com
To: editor@charlestoncitypaper.com
 
This e-mail is one man’s response to your article at www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/the-first-amendment-protects-hate-speech-even-when-its-disguised-as-heritage/Content?oid=2410449


 
If you really knew history, and if you were objective, you would be attacking the thirteen-stripe United States Flag instead of the Confederate Battle Flag.
 
Under the thirteen-stripe flag, thousands of slaves were transported to the New World. No Confederate ship ever transported a cargo of slaves.
 
Under the thirteen-stripe flag, Native Americans/American Indians were forcibly removed from their homes, shot down, and starved out. Nothing of the sort ever happened under the Confederate Battle Flag.
 
Under the thirteen-stripe flag, military units were largely segregated until after the Second World War. Confederate units, on the other hand, had all sorts of ethnicities — including thousands of blacks both slave and free — serving side-by-side.
 
The flag most widely used by the Kluxers is the thirteen-stripe flag. See pictures at
pointsouth.com/csanet/kkk.htm
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The First Amendment protects a wide variety of expression — including your right to sound off on a subject about which you have little information.
 
Clifton Palmer McLendon