Afterwards, we shook hands as gentlemen, and we both walked away enriched by having our personal views challenged. It disagreed with the rules, law and governing bodies that were making decisions for our country as a whole. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles had previously fought to prohibit the emblem but was unsuccessful in federal court. What will South Carolina Black vendors and contractors get from that?
The Sons of Confederate Veterans gathered outside the courthouse Monday afternoon in support of continuing the tradition.
“It’s alright to have the monuments and so forth to our ancestors who fought”.
When we’re thinking about the First Amendment, who the speaker is means everything. Yet that doesn’t seem to be true for our brothers and sisters down South. Why do you cling to your flag as though it’s a security blanket?
Every state that seceded believed it must leave the Union to protect the South’s economic engine. And until last month, that liberty included the right to design and display the specialty license plate of your choice. If that flag had not been in the photos of him, it would not have even come up as an issue and would probably still be flying on the state capitol grounds. Others spoke about the way it has affected the nation’s perception of the area.
The commission will hear from Confederate flag supporters and opponents today at its 9 a.m. meeting. That’s a policy change, not a self-applied muzzle that violates the First Amendment.
However, progressives do not want open and honest debate about issues, such as gay marriage or Civil War symbols.
Below is a column I wrote 6 years ago about a different black Confederate flag advocate. It is the commission that must speak and act in the best interests of our community.
“Of course, it’s their right to put it up”, she said, “just like we have the right to not like seeing it”. Recent events in South Carolina illustrate this principle so perfectly in practice that it’s nearly worthy of a civics textbook.
Following the deadly church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina; the county decided take the flag down.
In other settings, my feelings for the flag are more nuanced. However, a decade later, a New York court in Devers v. SNC-Lavalin Generation, Inc. found that “there is no question that the display of the Confederate flag recalls a history of racial oppression”. Reacting to the onslaught, several online retailers said they’d stop selling items emblazoned with the stars and bars logo.
Parker’s statement is accurate; Six Flags does not fly a Confederate Battle Flag. In short order, it did; and it was about time. They brought their own flags to fly in the parking lot outside the building.
They’re not the only ones.
We have all heard the arguments over and over.
Democrats were outraged and delivered blistering indictments of Republicans’ defense of the flag and what they called a shady move made in the “dark of night”. But the state government has stopped lending its voice to that discriminatory chorus. In fact, our Constitution specifically prohibits that. In 1961, the state of South Carolina raised the flag over the State House to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. Each year thousands of people go to Selma and stand on the bridge, crying and making speeches; from their vantage point they can see 40 percent poverty in the town they celebrate.