2.10.2007

Rights Over Content


This one drives me crazy. On one hand, I've always hated the Confederate Flag and really cringe whenever I see anyone display it. But it's more important to me that the government not be able to censor anyone who wishes to flaunt it. Even if it is on a silly purse.

I'll vote, begrudingly, for the girls on this one. (But "patriots"? Uh, no.)

Star Telegram story here.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Barry, I'm with you on this one. If asked, I'll bet the ACLU would also support the girls' rights. It's a simple free speach issue.

Anonymous said...

What's ridiculous about all the confederate, or "African" American crapola is the argument that it's "my heritage". Baloney. There is a natural limitation on what heritage can mean. Just because something happened in a person's historic lineage does not make it their heritage. Gotta be some relevance, some recency to it. Those girls have not the first clue about the confederacy. If they want to celebrate their confederate heritage, they can do so by riding everywhere on a horse, taking baths in a metal tub once or twice a month, and cutting off all electricity to their house. THAT'S what life in the 1850s confederacy was like. Same for African Americans, most of whom could not find Africa on a globe. But, to celebrate it go out and live in a mud hut, die at about age 25 from any number of diseases, and sit around near pools of your own feces and wave insects away from your face all day. There's the Africa you're so unfairly missing due to being imprisoned in America against your will. But, it was "in my past" so it's my heritage. Well hell, maybe I should walk around with a club looking for sabre tooth tigers to celebrate my "cave man" heritage.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to be taking a break from the blog, Barry. It's just too depressing to see how easily you find so many examples of stupidity. sigh.

Anonymous said...

I cringe whenever I see some inevitably girly man displaying the Baylor flag.

Anonymous said...

Somehow it doen't surprise us that
you do not appreciate the confederate flag.

Anonymous said...

Had they used the Hamas or Hezbollah flag, there would be no flap. They probably would be seen as heroes. But then I could be wrong.

Anonymous said...

Well, I see (once again) the great American War still rages on...

Not over yet.

Anonymous said...

Solution is simple. Have a reporter ask the girls to comment on what it means to be a proud confederate. Since they are so rich with confederate heritage, I'm certain these girls will give an excellent summary on the issue of states' rights and other factors that brought the confederate states together. Right.

Anonymous said...

Why must these girls be familiar with the confederacy in order to carry the purse of their choife?

Anonymous said...

You're talking about a symbol that has come to mean hatred of a person's skin color. If these girls can give one true reason why the civil war was fought then I say let them carry the purses if not then they are just trying to push the offensive limits of society. Ban them, What these 2 brilliant girls don't realize is that they are pushing a stupid issue which is most likely going to end up in a tighter reign on the schools current dresscode and if they aren't careful then maybe a uniform will be in the future of their underclassmen but why should they care, they get their face on tv and they graduate this year so they have no worry about the consequences.

Anonymous said...

It's just a fucking flag. It's not a loaded gun aimed at your head waiting to blow your brain matter against the wall.

Anonymous said...

Look people, this isn't about civil rights or states rights or anything like that. The real problem the school has is that this is a DISTRACTION in the classroom. You want teachers to be able to teach your children. Try doing that when you've got half of your class ready to kill two half-wit girls that walk in with those purses. Almost every school dress code has some statement to the effect that no distracting articles can be worn at school. There are plenty of problems for teachers in the classroom already without enciting racial warfare in the science lab.

Anonymous said...

It's just a purse. The girls are just trying to make a fashion statement. I personally don't see the big deal about it. Carrying a confederate purse does not mean the girls want to harm anyone. All the discussion on here about legalizing marijuana but wanting to ban a confederate purse makes no sense to me. This is just another situation blown way out of proportion by the media. It's a free country. African Americans have equality. The war ended long ago. Those that fought in the civil war are not here to offended by it.

m.i.a. said...

I'm with you- let the girls carry the purse.
I personally like it when bigots advertise so I don't have to waste my time in getting to know them.
They are, in fact, flying their stupid flag.

Anonymous said...

No different than kids wearing the Che Guevera, Malcolm X, or Ozzy for President shirts.

Anonymous said...

I think 11:29 AM is right on. Basically, the "heritage" junk is a bunch of crap. Everybody needs to "embrace" the fact, that, TODAY, they're AMERICANS, not ____________-Americans.

Anonymous said...

8:58 is exactly right. The "free speech" argument loses in this case, superceded by the school's right to maintain an orderly environment, as long as there was in fact already in the school's written policy a prohibition on distracting articles ... which I'm betting they did. The right of schools to require a school uniform has already been upheld. So has the right to impose certain dress codes. Schools can keep boys from wearing sagging pants around their hips and girls from wearing short-shorts up to their crotch. Schools can prohibit the displaying of gang signs. They can certainly ban the displaying of other symbols which may reasonably incite disturbance.

Anonymous said...

For the most part the teachers and other faculty who make a big deal out of the dress code are a bigger distraction than the actual clothes or accessories being worn.

For example at BHS a teacher would stand at her door with a ruler to measure the girls shorts as they entered. Stupid.. Some weren't even a half inch or so off.

Obviously if boobs and ass cheeks are hanging out then it is an issue. As for the purses let the ignorant girls sport them and wait for someone offended to whip their asses. It will take care of itself.

Anonymous said...

Oh right, 1:25. Of course. (Yet another idiot parent who thinks all the problems in our schools should be blamed on the teachers.)

If your daughter's skirt is a half-inch too short for the rule, then it's about 2 inches shorter than it needs to be.