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[–] MommaSpitfire [S] ago 

I never said it was cool; I said I just don't understand the connection. I don't find "pride" in it; I am indifferent to it, myself. I just don't understand why it is so politically charged, given what I know from its history. Just because a number of people associate it with racism, I don't see how that makes it a valid symbol for such. Do the majority of people see it as such? That's the important question. There has never been a vote on it, so there is no way to know for sure. A number of people still feel as though the Koran is a terrorist book, does that make it such? All I know is that my history lessons and research do not show that the Confederate battle flag, which wasn't even the official flag of the Confederate states for the majority of the Confederacy, was a symbol of oppression and slavery, so I don't not understand why exactly people think it is such. All I see is a vocal group of people rightfully getting upset about the Charleston massacre and using the Confederate flag as a symbol for that act and all of racism. I don't understand why it is a symbol of racism, despite history showing otherwise.

I also never said that banning the flag was oppression. I asked how the Confederate battle flag equals oppression. I said that banning the flag censors history, not oppresses people.

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[–] donkeyqong 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Just because a number of people associate it with racism, I don't see how that makes it a valid symbol for such.

Your impression is your impression. Their impression is their impression.

I am indifferent to it, myself.

If you don't care, don't defend it. Dont' respond. Don't get involved.

We all have different experiences in life. I don't understand why blackface is racist, but I don't have to. I was told it's offensive, so I don't do it. I dont' have to understand why someone doesn't want to be treated some way to be kind enough to do so.

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[–] MommaSpitfire [S] ago  (edited ago)

What does that have to do with anything? I can understand it being seen as a symbol of oppression if the MAJORITY of people see it as such, but do they? Is there any evidence showing that the majority of the United States citizens see it as a symbol of oppression as opposed to a vocal minority?

I mean, if we were to associate meanings to arbitrary symbols, then we could easily get everything banned.

I guess that's the root of my issue. Why can't we citizens vote on it?