Rick Kaufman

From: zonegray@kol.co.nz

Hi there Chuck

I sent Rick Kaufman a short letter the other day letting him know how decieved his viewpoint is concerning the Confederate Flag.

You’re greatly decieved Rick if you think the Confederate flag is a symbol of hatred, bigotry and racism.

I’m a New Zealander and I even know what the true Conferderate flag history is about.

I urge you to do more research.


Doug Gray

Here’s Rick’s reply. A typically long-winded expose of political correct nonsense

Mr. Gray:

The undoubted freedom to advocate unpopular and controversial views in schools and classrooms must be balanced against society’s countervailing interest in teaching students the boundaries of socially appropriate behavior. We had very strong reasons to foresee that the further display and waving of the Confederate flag at a racially diverse high school could lead to further disruptive conduct and substantially interfere with our school day, and was likely to impinge upon the rights of other students

These students have received their diploma … they earned it. But graduation is not a right, it is a privilege. There is no legal or statutory authority that requires schools to allow students to participate in graduation proceedings. We teach students to make smart decisions, for sometimes decisions made have far worse and grave consequences.

The original "Stars and Bars" flag was the first national flag of the Confederacy. When war broke out, the Stars and Bars caused confusion on the battlefield because of its similarity to the flag of the U.S. Army. After a number of "conceptual designs", the Confederate flag as we know it today was meant to be the "battle flag" of the Southern states. _Despite this flag never having historically represented the Confederate States of America as a nation_, it has become a widely recognized symbol of the South. So, we understand the Confederate battle flag may may have stood as a proud emblem of Southern heritage, but it’s original meaning has since been sullied by the likes of the KKK, neo-Nazi and other racist hate groups. Unfortunately, it remains a highly controversial and emotional topic, and today is a symbol of bigotry, racism and social divisiveness that has incited riots, threats, violence and confrontation.

Federal courts have made it very clear that schools’ prohibition on the display of the Confederate flag IS constitutional. Your limited view of history provides the type of blinders that prevent you from seeing beyond the Southern heritage argument.

Finally, we have very high expectations for ALL of our students and their behavior both in and out of the classroom. As such, we teach our students of different races, creeds and colors to engage each other in civil terms rather than in offensive or threatening terms. The CURRENT history books underscore this fact over and over again.


Rick J. Kaufman, APR
Executive Director of Community Relations

Bloomington Public Schools
1350 West 106th Street
Bloomington, MN 55431-4126
Office: 952-681-6403
Cell: 612-518-5498
Email: rkaufman@bloomington.k12.mn.us