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[–] Amelia_Earnhardt_Jr 4 points 110 points (+114|-4) ago  (edited ago)

Gay marriage was a huge step forward, trying to destroy the Confederate Flag is two steps backs. The US just cannot get personal freedom right.


[–] slamMcButtneck 0 points 41 points (+41|-0) ago 

I think we should ban everything that may ever be considered offensive that way no one is happy. It's not like Americans take pride in their freedom and the country was based on that.


[–] Mr_Wolf 0 points 21 points (+21|-0) ago 

I feel like everyone should just wear the same grey outfit and have a choice of 5 different hairstyles and 3 facial hair choices.

That way no one can get offended by anything, we can even take this a step further and have standard surgery when we turn 18 so that everyone has the same body shapes again ranging from a few different choices including breast and penis size, that way no one feels left out.

I also may have seen this in a twilight zone episode, I'm drunk so don't ask me for a source.


[–] cat_tail_moustache 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Think of how many Native Americans were killed under the American Flag. Better ban that one too! #BanEverything


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

EVERYONE MUST WEAR GREY and all products must be plain.


[–] dankshememes 19 points -15 points (+4|-19) ago 

Voat's new censorship

Downvoating is what reddit uses to silence dissenting views.

People don't typically upvoat, even if they like something. They will just look at it.

But when people get butthurt or see things they don't like they DO DOWNVOAT. You're assuming that people use both buttons the same way.

Voating is a censorship tool because it doesn't depend on rational argumentation. It only depends on CONSENSUS. That's why SRS use downvoat brigades because they know it's only purpose is to censor content they don't want seen by others.

Look, our entire political system should make it more practical. We don't let everyone vote in elections for a good reason: we know that retards are the majority of people. You want Bill Gate's educated vote negated by some homeless retard on the street? That's EXACTLY what democratic voting does. That's exactly what the movie Idiocracy was about. When you give everyone an equal say, you negate the point of education. You negate the point of rational argumentation. If a baby can negate the vote of an adult, then you don't really need to learn how to think. All you need to do is make people agree with you. And bribery is the fastest way to agreement.

Since people tend to downvoat when they're butthurt and engaged in censorship, the best way to combat censorship would be to only allow UPVOATING since people will actively have to champion what they believe rather than focus on what they want to complain about and censor. You can look at upvoating as positive censorship since it at least puts the burden on the upvoater to be accountable to their views and say what they prefer instead of simply complaining about what they don't want.

Stating what you want to happen takes EDUCATION AND EFFORT. Complaining about what you don't want just requires the ability to be butthurt.

I'd rather err on the side of positive censorship if we have to censor at all. We already know how negative censorship turns out: it becomes reddit.

At least positive censorship requires EFFORT that keyboard warriors aren't willing to invest. So if we want to make this place different from reddit, we should ONLY have an upvoat button.


[–] AgriGrunt 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago 

As a gay men who works in, and loves, the South I have mixed feelings about this week. Yay, I can get married. Boo, people dislike me for living my culture and history.

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[–] FatFreddyFreekowtski 1 points 11 points (+12|-1) ago 

What's lost in this whole debate, and on Reddit, is nuance.

The Confederate flag was used by Klansmen and racists to represent segregation. It's also used by Lynyrd Skynyrd and others to represent regional pride. That people can't see the fucking difference is ridiculous. Hell, they even pulled Civil War games JUST FOR HAVING THAT FLAG. For FUCK'S SAKE.

But hey, let's not actually fix any of the ways that this country sucks to black people, and just say "we banned a racist flag" hooray, slap themselves on the back, and then continue with the same racist bullshit that ShitRedditSays digs up daily.


[–] 9-11 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

its kinda like how the Gasden Flag was stolen. honestly you cant say them duke boys were bad or alligned themselves with that racist white power nonsense, but those people took the same flag and made it synonymous with their own hatred.


[–] feedingofthe5000 2 points 5 points (+7|-2) ago 

I think they should ban the confederate flag on all state/government buildings, and absolutely nothing else. Sell it, wear it, no problemo.