Flying the Confederate Flag

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Flying the Confederate Flag
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Mon, 09-26-2011 - 5:16pm

I got slammed in the past for my (possibly) extreme view on this topic, so I'm going to wait before I post it.

 

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Registered: 05-03-2011
Mon, 09-26-2011 - 8:07pm
She has a right to put her confederate flag in her yard (barring any HOA or local ordinances to the contrary), just as I have a right to think that she's a racist.
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Registered: 03-03-2009
Mon, 09-26-2011 - 11:29pm

Interesting thing about Navajo weaving. They incorporate swastikas in some of the more traditional rugs. Before Hitler made it a symbol of infamy, the swastika had far less negative connotations. http://www.collectorsguide.com/fa/fa086.shtml

Much of the flag flying brouhaha is a question of intent. When the motivation is to incite violent negative emotion, it's not the same as say, matching a pattern or color scheme. But intent isn't easy to prove without taking other actions into consideration as well.

It sounds to me like Cadell is spoiling for a fight: "Late this summer, Caddell raised a flagpole higher than the fences to display the flag" and "'I'm here to stay. I didn't back down and because I didn't cower the neighbors say I'm the lady who loves her flag and loves her heritage,'said the 51-year old Caddell who moved into the historically black Brownsville neighborhood in the summer of 2010. Her ancestors fought for the Confederacy."

Loves her flag, my fanny!

Jabberwocka

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Tue, 09-27-2011 - 11:45am
Got to agree that this woman is just looking for a fight. From her comments, I'd say that this woman is a racist.

 nwtreehugger  

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Registered: 02-05-2011
Tue, 09-27-2011 - 1:46pm
I wonder where the ACLU is? If someone wants to burn an American flag, they get protection. If someone wants to have a NAZI party outside any government building, the ACLU will be there. Where the heck are they to protect this woman from physical attack for exercising her first amendment right?
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Registered: 05-03-2011
Tue, 09-27-2011 - 4:00pm

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Was this woman physically attacked? I missed that part.

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Registered: 02-05-2011
Tue, 09-27-2011 - 7:10pm
What part of deliberately tossing a rock through their window isn't physical or an attack?
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Registered: 03-03-2009
Tue, 09-27-2011 - 9:33pm

Look again at the OP. Somebody threw a rock at her porch, not through a window. Given the other circumstances of Caddell's story, it seems likely that she was quite aware of the probable impact [pun intended] of her flag flying.

I'm also trying to figure out why somebody would proclaim their pride in a flag which was discredited and its bearers defeated over a hundred years ago. Why a woman would flaunt a symbol painful to a race in a neighborhood where members of that race are a majority. What's that about?

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 11-13-2009
Tue, 09-27-2011 - 10:07pm

I don't believe for a second she's not a racist.

 

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Registered: 05-03-2011
Wed, 09-28-2011 - 8:23am
That's vandalism, not a violation of her civil rights. I hope she called the cops because that's whose jurisdiction this falls under.
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Registered: 05-03-2011
Wed, 09-28-2011 - 8:25am
Oh, I really should have gone back and reread it for a third time, because I didn't recall that someone threw a rock through her window (and I'm pretty good at remembering what I read), but figured I'd give the poster the benefit of the doubt.

As to why she's doing it, she's a racist, plain and simple.

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