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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?

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

I don't know. I was trying to help you understand. I failed. Sorry.

I can't say it more plainly. You don't get to choose what other people see. If the majority has to decide on what is acceptable, minorities will be treated less respectfully.

There are all sorts of symbols that aren't "banned". The confederate flag isn't banned either. People just associate it with something, and a few companies stopped selling it. You can still buy it from a bunch of different sources that don't care what people think of them.

People don't get to vote what is carried by Walmart or Amazon. They're a private company.