Wednesday, January 28, 2009

History lesson needed in Tennessee

Saturday, January 24, 2009

When students wear Confederate flag T-shirts to a public school, and if it causes racial tension, that is a sure sign of ignorance and misinformation among both the students and the faculty. It's happened again in Tennessee. With the incident another great teaching opportunity has been lost.Isn't it the mission of schools to teach? And shouldn't they be teaching the truth? Instead of censoring free speech, why don't the schools use such opportunities to educate their pupils concerning the true symbolism of the Confederate flag - Southern heritage, self government, states rights, the original intent of the United States Constitution, and resistance to a tyrannical central government.How sad to see so called educators, who are only government puppets, spreading "politically correct" but erroneous propaganda about the South's embattled emblem. It's sadder still to see them miss another opportunity to teach the true history of the misunderstood and misrepresented Confederate battle flag.
Here's the latest sad story from the Associated Press:
Tenn. students who sued over school ban on Confederate flag clothes won't get another hearing
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A full federal appeals court won't hear a lawsuit by three Tennessee students threatened with suspension if they wore Confederate flag T-shirts.A three-judge panel ruled in August that Blount County, just south of Knoxville, could ban the clothing. On Friday, the judges denied a request for a hearing by the full federal appeals court in Cincinnati.Students Derek Barr and Craig and Chris White argued their free speech rights were violated by the ban on clothes with the flag, which is considered a symbol of racism and intolerance by some and an emblem of Southern heritage by others.
School officials said their ban came after racial tension at William Blount High.There have been a string of similar claims from Texas to South Carolina
since the 1990s.Here's the story from,0,3541783.story
Posted by J. Stephen Conn at 7:11 AM
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