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Should the government require Confederate symbols to be removed from public land?

Although the Civil War ended almost 150 years ago, remnants of the conflict remain in American society. After the large-scale controversy surrounding the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse in 2015, some advocacy groups have been attempting to have all Confederate flags and memorials removed from public land.

For supporters of the removal, tearing down Confederate memorials sends a message that racist ideas, which they argue are inherently tied to the Confederate flag and memorials, are not acceptable in America today.

Opponents of removing Confederate flags and memorials believe that they are a piece of history that should be preserved and do not inherently contain racist ideals. In the words of one dissenter, “I think it’s a terrible thing. When you start removing the history of the city, you start losing money. You start losing where you came from and where you’ve been.”

Should the government require Confederate symbols to be removed from public land?

Current Standings:
Yes: 37%
No: 63%
  • Drew from Illinois

    From the origins of the Confederate Flag, (C.F) was a hate symbol to be used from the South. It symbolized the South’s divide from the rest of America. The spark of the civil war was from slavery, which the C.F was raised to ensure slavery. To have the C.F be aloud on the streets of America is truly sickening. People on the other side say that it’s a symbolizes freedom from our past and our birth of Americans, but the true spark of the flag was the protection of slavery.

    We, as a nation, should move past our past and show unity from other symbols, such as the American Flag. Raising a Confederate Flag, is like raising the Swastika in Germany. People say we can’t remove our history and we shouldn’t be shame ourselves. Although we shouldn’t endorse our history like, “Woah, we had the best slaves.”

    Nations move forward by unity and keep looking forward, not looking at our past and endorsing it.

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    • Cameron from Wisconsin

      To completely disregard our First Amendment Right to Expression in the name of cultural progress and enhancement is the same mentality that allowed Hitler to kill 11 million people in the Holocaust.

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      To completely disregard our First Amendment Right to Expression in the name of cultural progress and enhancement is the same mentality that allowed Hi…

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  • Adam from Wisconsin

    The Confederate Flag was a symbol used in the name of slavery and oppression, and that truth can not be erased with time. Though now many people use it in the representation of “Southern Pride” and thinks like that in the modern day, as they have their 1st amendment right to do so, this divisive symbol would be displayed on public property. It contradicts what we as a nation pledge to, the American Flag. Paying homage to a symbol that represents what was an existential crisis to our Republic is insulting to what the United States should stand for; equality under the law. Something this symbol directly disputes.

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    The Confederate Flag was a symbol used in the name of slavery and oppression, and that truth can not be erased with time. Though now many people use i…

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  • Teresa from Wisconsin

    The Confederate flag is a source of Southern Pride, I suppose, but freedom of expression belongs to the people in themselves, and the Civil War was arguably America’s greatest tragedy. These are symbols of white supremacy, as stated by Angela Kinlaw, and America is still working on equality throughout the country. The white supremacy symbols and actions have to got to go. If someone wants to fly a Confederate flag from their own homes, that’s fine. That’s their personal right. But for the good of the people and for the need for change, these flags and symbols should not be publicly displayed to bring down diverse communities in the Southern states.

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    The Confederate flag is a source of Southern Pride, I suppose, but freedom of expression belongs to the people in themselves, and the Civil War was ar…

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  • Colleen from Wisconsin

    The Constitution doesn’t protect hate speech. The Confederate flag is hate speech. By displaying the flag, you say you support the Confederacy, a society built on slavery, you are by extension saying that you support oppression

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    The Constitution doesn’t protect hate speech. The Confederate flag is hate speech. By displaying the flag, you say you support the Confederacy, a soci…

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  • Lily from Michigan

    The government should remove confederate symbols from public land. People would still have the right to have the symbols on their private property. It is seen as offensive and It formally was known as a sign of hate and discrimination towards African Americans. People may be proud that their family members might have fought in the civil war, but out of respect it should be removed. The confederate flag represents an old idea, and it shows a terrible part of our countries history.

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    The government should remove confederate symbols from public land. People would still have the right to have the symbols on their private property. It…

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  • Chase from Michigan

    The government should most definitely require Confederate symbols be removed from public land. Some people may be using the symbols for good reasons, but it’s the people that use it for race related reasons, that it shouldn’t be allowed. It’s like in school if your teachers allow you to have snacks. Almost everyone then eats snacks and takes care of them, however, it’s the two kids that don’t clean up after themselves that ruin it for everyone and no more snacks. The same thing applies here. Confederate symbols should not be allowed on public land.

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  • Michael from Massachusetts

    So, as people have said, I feel like it is a symbol of hate. It was a division between the US. And a hot topic, although not the primary reason, was slavery, which is inhumane and terrible. I do like it to the Nazi flag, which is a counterargument to how people say it was part of American History. So was everything that happened in German history, but the Nazi flag is still terrible and looked down upon, if not illegal, in Germany.

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    So, as people have said, I feel like it is a symbol of hate. It was a division between the US. And a hot topic, although not the primary reason, was s…

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  • Andre from Florida

    What the symbol represents is full of hatred, racism, and ignorance. There is no reason it should be honored.

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  • Kelvin from Illinois

    Yes. Although many say that the confederate flag is one of states’ rights, it is not used in that origin. Many in the past have used the confederacy as a sign of hat or desire of racism. If the confederate flag is fueling racial aggression, which it more less does, It doesn’t deserve to be in existence at GOVERNMENTAL facilities. Private use of the flag is at the soul right of any American citizen, and it is their decision.

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    Yes. Although many say that the confederate flag is one of states’ rights, it is not used in that origin. Many in the past have used the confederacy a…

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  • Zyanna from Washington

    Just because it’s part of our history doesn’t mean we need to keep the awful reminders hanging around. Just like Germany doesn’t go around hang swastika flags, the confederate army should not be something were proud to let fly high.

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    Just because it’s part of our history doesn’t mean we need to keep the awful reminders hanging around. Just like Germany doesn’t go around hang swasti…

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  • Paige from Virginia

    Confederate symbols are tainted with what they represented in the past and should be removed.

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  • Jane from Tennessee

    The man who made it even said it was for white superiority. Why would we want that to represent our country in any way?

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  • Ebelechiyem from Massachusetts

    The Confederate flag isn’t used for history. People don’t use it to show or remember a low point in the USA. In fact, the flag is used to promote the legacy of a nation that was built e preservation of slavery. While there were other factors involved, one cannot say that slavery did not play an issue. And parading around the Confederate shows gross ignorance of the pain and suffering of the slaves and People who suffered under the hatred of these laws. People who hang this flag don’t care about the injustices and wrongs of slavery and rascal and how the Confederacy supported this. The purpose is to gloss over these egregious wrongs. It’s the same thing as referring to the Civil War as the The War of Northern Aggression- an attempt to forget Andy cover up that past. The flags don’t preserve history, the obstruct it. There are more than enough records and remains from this country’s past.

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    The Confederate flag isn’t used for history. People don’t use it to show or remember a low point in the USA. In fact, the flag is used to promote the …

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  • Donovan from Michigan

    I am for cleansing our country from it’s less gracefu history, such as enslaving people because of their skin color

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  • Ryan from New Jersey

    The government should certainly require all Confederate Flags to be removed from public land. Confederate flags have always been a hate symbol against African-Americans. As many people know, the flag was a symbol of the Confederates during the civil war who seceded from the United States based on strong disagreements surrounding many issues including economics, states rights, territorial expansion, and of course, slavery. The Confederate Flag represents a group that strongly supported slavery both based on principles of white supremacy and a desire to reap the economic benefits of free labor. Therefore, the Confederate Flag represents, among many other ideas, a support of slavery. Not to mention, the Confederate Flag was also adopted by the Dixiecrat party in 1948. This party unsurprisingly chose this flag because they held many of the beliefs of the Confederates; they supported segregation and states rights (including the rights to not implement anti-lynching laws and other protections for African-Americans). Undoubtedly, those who wish to allow the Confederate Flag because it is an “integral part of American history” must realize that they support the glorification of a time in history in which the people who flew that flag wanted to be allowed to own other human beings because of their skin color. For many marginalized groups, we cannot afford to be holding onto that time period; we must be moving forward because so many Americans still do not have equality.
    Some argue that demanding the removal of these flags violates our citizens’ first amendment right to free speech. However, the first amendment refers to the “people’s right” and public land, which is the topic of this debate, is owned by the government. If the government owns this land, they have the control over it and should not display divisive partisan flags that represent a bloody past of racism and discrimination, especially in a country that claims to provide equal opportunity for everyone.

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    The government should certainly require all Confederate Flags to be removed from public land. Confederate flags have always been a hate symbol agains…

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  • Michala from Tennessee

    As someone who grew up in the south, I believe the use of the Confederate flag is similar to the use of the Nazi flag. Of course it’s a part of our history, and it’s something that we should strive to grow and improve from, but I believe the use of it in every day life shouldn’t be something to be proud of. To look forward we have to accept the past, but we need to improve from it’s symbolism of the rebellion of the Confederacy for their right to own Slaves and it’s connotations of white supremacy. If we display it out of historical contexts, e.g. a museum, I believe we are just accepting those ideals the flag is based upon and not growing from it. Thus, removing it from public land is something i see as helping this nation.

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    As someone who grew up in the south, I believe the use of the Confederate flag is similar to the use of the Nazi flag. Of course it’s a part of our hi…

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  • Jasmine from Michigan

    Yes, due to everyone’s different beliefs. If a flag is on public land then it represents whoever is involved with that industry/organization. On the other hand, when it is at home or private personnel then it can represent you since you have the right to your own beliefs. It’s not about what the flag represents, but who represents the flag and that should not have to be forced onto anyone.

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    Yes, due to everyone’s different beliefs. If a flag is on public land then it represents whoever is involved with that industry/organization. On the o…

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  • Jacquelyn from Pennsylvania

    I believe the symbol should be removed, because America is supposed to bring everyone together. For a lot of people that see this symbol it is a reminder that everyone is still not equal in America. Whether or not you agree, it is not right to let people feel unwelcome in a place that they call home.

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    I believe the symbol should be removed, because America is supposed to bring everyone together. For a lot of people that see this symbol it is a remin…

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  • Mugdha from Connecticut

    The government should required Confederate symbols to be removed from public land, on the basis of the hateful rhetoric it represents. Confederate symbols are, at their core, symbols of oppression. The Confederate States of America was formed on the very basis that a group of states held vastly different values than the United States, so much so that they seceded to form a new country. It was a country founded on an intense desire to maintain the institution of slavery, a system based on inequality and injustice, and one which stripped African Americans of their most basic human rights. It was based in values that the United States government condemns. It therefore does not make sense for the government to allow Confederate symbols on public land, an action that implies support for both the flag and the country it represents.

    Many Americans defend the flag, not out of outright hatred for African Americans, but because they feel it expresses their Southern pride and heritage. However, this flagrantly romanticizes their history and ignores the oppression of those enslaved by their ancestors. This cruelty towards African Americans is deeply entrenched in Southern history and is most deliberately expressed in the Confederate flag. To display the flag on public land in today’s time implies government support for the racist rhetoric that such a symbol represents.

    Keeping Confederate symbols on public land is an insensitive reminder of the cruelty that slaves suffered in early America. While the United States benefits from remembering its history and learning from it, there needs to be a definitive line between remembering those parts of history and celebrating them. Flying the Confederate flag is a demonstration of outright support for the flag and all it represents, not an admonition or even a neutral position.

    A mandate regarding the removal of Confederate symbols from public property would not violate Constitutional rights. The government should not require individuals to remove Confederate symbols from their personal property and possessions, as the individual’s right to free speech outweighs moral objections. But removing it from public land does not violate an individual’s liberty; it simply allows the government to abstain from demonstrating support for a flag that has many negative connotations. Moreover, since the right to free speech is limited in cases of hate speech, removing symbols of hateful rhetoric from government land does not encroach upon rights provided in the First Amendment.

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  • Emily from North Carolina

    Although the first amendment does protect freedom of speech, it only protects freedom of speech within reason. During World War one, the Supreme Court held this stance and passed the espionage act, stating that one could not protest the war efforts and holding one who did accountable for treason. Although it states in the text that it is only under effect during wartime, the case (Schenck v United States) shows that freedom of speech can have limitations if it harms the united states goals. I believe that the use of Confederate symbols would fall under the category of harming the United States goals of equality.

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  • Josiah from Florida

    The Confederate flag was used during the Civil War as a symbol for the South. During the Civil War, the South believed that slavery was a morally correct thing, but today, it isn’t a morally correct thing. But even today, flags and monuments from this time still remain in the United States. It’s almost as if people in our nation are proud of what we’ve done in the past. For example, in Tallahassee, someone had raised a Confederate flag unauthorized outside of the city hall. That was a big issue because of how we have so many minorities and African Americans living in the United States and people are raising these flags and it resembles a time when there were slaves. Personally, I believe that that all Confederate flags shoulds be taken off all Public lands, but the monuments should stay or be put into a exhibit that people should pay to see. This exhibit could provide awareness of our history and show people the horrible things we did in the past. We can’t change the past of our nation, but we can change the future.

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    • David from Ohio

      While the Confederate flag was used as a symbol for the South during the Civil War, it made no reference towards advocating slavery by its symbolic presence. Rather, the Confederate flag celebrates the history of our nation and stands as a superb example of the courage exhibited by states that opposed the national government on issues and refused to allow them to overpower them. The flag represents, in my opinion, the idea that states should never easily succumb to the national government on any given issue without proper debate, questioning, and resolution. When the South seceded from the Union, it established a doctrine that will be used countless more times in the future of our nation: the refusal to succumb to the national government on issues of disagreement without proper communication and resolution.

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  • Caleb from Ohio

    Germany still doesnt fly the swastika… why should we still fly the confederate flag.

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    • Maxwell from Virginia

      But it is different. Yes the CSA and the USA treated slaves and African Americans completely inhumanely but this cannot be compared to Nazi Germany. Slaves provided raw materials for northern manufacturing and some states like Maryland, which never left the Union had slaves. Should we replace the US flag also? I don’t think so.

      I consider the Confederate Flag and monuments to be part of our history like it or not and we can’t go erasing it. The vast majority of Southerners view it as a cultural symbol however some including Dylann Roof and the KKK have not used it as a correct symbol. I have relatives who live in the deep south and they are not racist in any way but they have the Confederate Flag. I was also driving in rural Virginia and saw an African American family waving the Confederate Flag around supporting it.

      Let’s stop with the political correctness and stop erasing history.

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      But it is different. Yes the CSA and the USA treated slaves and African Americans completely inhumanely but this cannot be compared to Nazi Germany. S…

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  • Jacob from Virginia

    I have to admit I’m partially tied in this argument, but I choose yes. The Confederates said that slavery was right. Although the civil war was part of our history, people still think we should have enslaved these civilians, people, brethren, friends, humans. These people changed our lives! We shouldn’t take down all of it, so we can remember our wrongs, but people today still get hurt. Black lives matter, people going to court, jail, fines, and other wrong stuff. People today and back then die(d) over this! And if not death, then other punishments! Keeping some at museums like Gettysburg and the Smithsonian, is ok. People died for this right, to be free. And people have Confederate flags today! Basically saying slavery is right. Slaves back then, weren’t they men? “Ain’t I a woman?” -Sojourner Truth
    The Declaration of Independence says all men are free, but what about slaves? Do we both not bleed red, do we both not feel pain, and do we not have the rights, to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?

    I say we do.

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  • Maeve from Virginia

    even though we have freedom of speech and religion, people shouldn’t be waving a confederate flag around. If you wave this flag around then people might get the idea you don’t want to be a part of this country. I don’t care if you have a Confederate flag in your house somewhere, but people should not be waving it around for every person to see. Especially at a fourth of July Parade yes I have seen a confederate flag at a fourth of July parade. And since there is no law that towns, cities, states, and our nation’s government can’t turn them anyone can show these. Even if the Confederate symbol is offenses. That is all the reason why I think that Confederate flag shouldn’t be shown in public area’s

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    even though we have freedom of speech and religion, people shouldn’t be waving a confederate flag around. If you wave this flag around then people mig…

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    • Dominic from Wisconsin

      And the American flag?

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  • Jonathan from Michigan

    Yes, the government should remove the Confederate flags down in the southern statues of the U.S.A. because the flag shows a symbolic keepsake, of the terrible pastime of American history, which involved things such as slavery, the KKK. This Conferderate Flag may be proud to some people, but to more people, this flag shows a horrible time during our history. And thus should be taken down to prevent violence, because people whose family were slaves or were involved in slavery, this would come as an insult to them, which thus would case outbreaks in protest and people would be angered and this would cause more issues if the flag was kept up. My conclusion is that the United States federal government should remove the Confederate flag from public lands, and if they want to keep it on private lands, that is their choice, and not the federal government.

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    • David from Ohio

      The flag indeed serves as a proud reminder to some people of a time in history when their ancestors displayed deep courage in their actions. The rest of us must consider our own nation’s history to be a part of us, even if that time period of our history was horrible. We must publicly recognize the events that led to the spurted growth of civil rights and civil liberties within our nation so as to understand our nation and what allowed for its upbringing. Every citizen of the United States must be mindful of the obstacles we have overcome together, the bridges that we have built between members of our own societies, and the barriers that we have broken down as a result of national crisis. Through our faults, we have grown stronger and more unified than ever before.

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  • Sara from Michigan

    Not everyone should have to fly the flag. If people want to fly it they can fly it on their own. It’s not fair that we should make someone who doesn’t support the flag like others have to fly it. The KKK used it for hate so it’s hard to look at it its honor again. Not everyone has the same views on it. The flag should be removed from all states.

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    Not everyone should have to fly the flag. If people want to fly it they can fly it on their own. It’s not fair that we should make someone who doesn’t…

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  • Aly from Oregon

    It is just a sign of history from slavery that shouldn’t have to be remembered

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  • Amber from Michigan

    Even though the Confederate flag represents the civil war, it should be required to be removed from public land. Flying the flag on public land may offend people so it should be required to be removed. You have the right to fly them on private land but they shouldn’t be allowed on public land.

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  • Karsyn from Michigan

    Yes, we should hang up a flag where ever we are, it shows slavery. And there is no harm with having a flag up its not doing anything about racism and white controlling the colors. Its nothing to do with that.

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    Yes, we should hang up a flag where ever we are, it shows slavery. And there is no harm with having a flag up its not doing anything about racism and …

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  • Alyssa from Michigan

    The confederate should be removed from public property. Public peoperty is not just for the people whose ancestors were in the civil war but also for the people whose ancestors were slaves during the civil war. Leaving these flags up is a constant reminder of the suffering their people have once endured. While America can not deny its past there is no need for a constant reminder of it. If someone wishes to pledge their alegiance to the confederacy flag then they should simply hang it on private property but when there is not large public acceptance it should not be on public property.

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  • Austin from Michigan

    The Confederate Flag should be removed from public property because the flag is associated with hatred towards blacks and other minorities. People in favor of the flag say the flag is a show of respect towards the men that fought for the South in the Cival war but the flag has changed throughout history to change it’s idea. African Americans walking in the street should not have to see this flag where ever they go.

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  • Stuart from Michigan

    It all comes down to making everyone happy. If you want a confederate flag then get one but for the people that don’t want a confederate flag they shouldn’t have to.

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  • Alaina from Michigan

    I think that the Flag is being presented in a wrong manner and people should be allowed to fly but I don’t think they should be allowed to on public property it makes problems and creates a awkward tension for people who are offended or hurt by this flag being flown.

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  • Chloe from Michigan

    Yes, I think it should be required to be removed from public property because it’s not the same symbol it used to be and it offends certain people. It shouldn’t be removed from private property, because that’s freedom of speech. Public propoerty is a different story and it could cause people to feel better and not feel bad about where they live if they were removed.

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  • Finnley from California

    While it should be displayed in museums and various things like that, the ideology behind it and the horribly racist history should not be displayed for all to see. It isn’t a reminder of our heritage or history- it’s a reminder of our hatred and how our country was split because of this hatred and slavery.

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  • Matthew from Maryland

    Most certainly! Confederate flags are an important part of American history: they represent the American civil war, in which half of the country tried to secede in favor of the economic benefits of slavery. However: flying the flag on publicly owned land next to the American flag – the flag that represents our modern day country – is a disgrace to our nation. It compares the motives and values of the confederacy to our modern values. This is not acceptable, let’s save the flag poles for flags to be proud of, and leave the others in museums.

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    • David from Ohio

      Confederate symbols stand for one main purpose: to celebrate the past of our nation so as to learn from the confederacy’s occasional courageous actions against national tyranny. Although the confederacy displayed relentless support for slavery, the flag does not represent slavery or racism. In America, everyone is entitled to his or her own right of free speech. If a particular state government does not approve of tearing down historical monuments celebrating the unique past of our nation, I believe that it has full authority to declare that. Many people regard the confederacy as an entirely evil blemish in our history and wish to forget its history, despite the fact that it has contributed to powerful policies present in our political system today. Symbols of the confederacy do not directly stand for slavery, and Americans must all recognize this and celebrate the courageous actions displayed by the confederacy rather than condemning the confederacy as a whole simply because of one evil belief.

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  • Leticia from Indiana

    The flag was the flag for the south in the war, who was fighting to keep slavery. Therefore, it is racist.

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  • Saxon from Florida

    The presence of Confederate symbols on public land is not a testament to American history. It is a flimsy justification of unjustifiable mistakes. The Confederate symbol represents crimes committed in hatred and in war, and regardless of historical significance they have no place in public lands as something to be commemorated. As a piece in a museum or other place of education, it is necessary that discussion continues over the historic divide between the Union and Confederacy, and this entails utilizing imagery from both. However, the context in which Confederate symbols are usually used, flags and commemorative memorials, is not defensible. The Constitution itself, within the First Amendment and multiple court rulings, does not allow for the State to prohibit any form of expression which does not pose a real and immediate threat to the safety of the public. Therefore, the removal of these symbols would not entail a change in legislature, but rather a voluntary change in attitude. Just as the State is not allowed to prohibit, it is not required to advocate for a cause. This caveat to the First Amendment is upheld by Brandenburg v. Ohio, 395 US 444. Individuals must not be prohibited from sharing their beliefs over Confederate symbols and their implications, but the symbols themselves may be taken down from public lands as seen fit by our government representatives. All that is needed is for us all to come together to see it fit.

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  • Isaiah from North Carolina

    The confederate flag is not the American flag and therefore should not be on public ground. If an individual wants to hang the confederate flag on their own private property then that’s their business.

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  • evan from California

    Yes it should be removed. Place Confederate stuff in museums because it’s history and we shouldn’t forget it, but don’t display it as a memorial to the Confederate cause, secession and slavery. You’re talking to someone who has ancestry from Virginia and might go to college at the University of Virginia.

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  • Ariana from Kentucky

    We are all one united country now, and if we leave Confederate flags up, if would be sure to offend quite a few people that supported the Union back in the Civil War. Flying these flags may be opening old wounds, and in order for our country to maintain as much order as possible, especially with ISIS on the loose, these Confederate flags should be taken down.

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  • Madeline from Kentucky

    As a “Southerner” myself, we do not need to fly the Confederate flag to remember our history and where we came from. Germany does not fly the flag of the Nazis to remember their past. I believe that if the flag causes discomfort to Americans, then it should not be flown on the grounds of our government. Our government is representative of all Americans and it should not display symbols that are offensive to many.

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    As a “Southerner” myself, we do not need to fly the Confederate flag to remember our history and where we came from. Germany does not fly the flag of …

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  • Emily from Kentucky

    I support the removal of the Confederate flag from public lands because it represents the idea of racism which is still practiced even today and it is important that diminish these actions, words, etc. completely to show we are an equal country. Even though to some it may seem like a part of history, people need to leave it in the past because it was negative and stop displaying it.

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    I support the removal of the Confederate flag from public lands because it represents the idea of racism which is still practiced even today and it is…

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  • Ashley from Kentucky

    It almost seems like a no brainer, why would you fly a flag that supports slavery? The United States has come so far, and I think flying the Confederate flag is setting us back.

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  • Ellie from Kentucky

    I believe if the land is public, Confederate flags should be removed. The land is public, it belongs to everyone, and everyone has different views. The Confederate Flags should be put on private land because depending on who you are, you either want to remember history or put it behind you. Everyone has different views, so when there is a Confederate Flag on public land it speaks for the overall people. However, it is violating the people who don’t want the flag up because not everyone might believe in what the Confederate flag stands for.

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    I believe if the land is public, Confederate flags should be removed. The land is public, it belongs to everyone, and everyone has different views. Th…

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  • John from Kentucky

    The flag itself does not represent slavery, however since it is viewed as a symbol of our past in the south. Therefore the flag should not be raised in public for those who are descendants of past slaves and even those of us who do not agree with the reason for the flags being flown.

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    The flag itself does not represent slavery, however since it is viewed as a symbol of our past in the south. Therefore the flag should not be raised i…

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  • Zane from Kentucky

    While the Confederate Flag is indeed a very significant piece of our nation’s history, it remains a symbol of the time where African-Americans were slaves. Due to the Confederacy being the side for slavery, the Confederate Flag today acts as a symbol or a reminder of the oppression that African-Americans had to face for so many years. Those who raise the Confederate flag due to their respect of their heritage or love for their country should remember that we already have one flag, the flag of the United States. Raising the Confederate flag, in my eyes, only splits up our nation further and further apart. While people should be able to express any form of political ideas or beliefs, if the flag represents a time of oppression, it should not be allowed.

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    While the Confederate Flag is indeed a very significant piece of our nation’s history, it remains a symbol of the time where African-Americans were sl…

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  • Molly from Kentucky

    Yes they should remove the flag because it risks the peace of some people. Everyone has the right to live their life in peace and safety, however, some of the people sporting this flag pose a threat to the african americans because they are displaying very obvious signs of racism. African americans in america now are slowly becoming the majority. If not everyone can accept them, then where has the american ideal gone. We are all together in unity as a peaceful nation, and we need to keep sight of that… which means we need to extinguish any acts of racism.

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    Yes they should remove the flag because it risks the peace of some people. Everyone has the right to live their life in peace and safety, however, so…

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  • Hunter from Minnesota

    Nobody sees a Union flag so why should we be seeing a Confederate flag? It seems like bragging of “the good ole days” where women didn’t matter, anyone other than white was deemed dirty or a slave, and no miniority rights.

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    Nobody sees a Union flag so why should we be seeing a Confederate flag? It seems like bragging of “the good ole days” where women didn’t matter, anyon…

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  • Siris from South Carolina

    The same way a swastika is considered inappropriate, the confederate battle flag has no right flying in American wind

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  • Ben from Maine

    It’s everyone’s right to fly or show their symbol they believe in

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  • La-Niah from North Carolina

    It absolutely should be removed because that part of America is history! The government should’ve gotten rid of it years ago right along with slavery! We are ONE nation.

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  • Maya from Alabama

    THE CONFEDERATE FLAG TO MOST AFRICAN AMERICANS (specifically the people with ancestors who were on slave boats) IS AS OFFENSIVE AS SWASTIKAS ARE TO MOST JEWS! You cannot erase the history behind symbols. That is a hate symbol and will always be a hate symbol that shows the sheer ignorance of those who still fly it. You should be disgusted with yourself, hate is hate no matter how you try to twist it. And hate is the ugliest thing in the world.

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    THE CONFEDERATE FLAG TO MOST AFRICAN AMERICANS (specifically the people with ancestors who were on slave boats) IS AS OFFENSIVE AS SWASTIKAS ARE TO M…

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  • Nathan from California

    Sure, the flag itself may not contain any racist ideology, but the society that used it was racist. That flag represented them, and some people of the South still haven’t changed from the Civil War and Reconstruction. The society used slaves and treated them brutally and terribly, and then manipulated them after the Civil War with sharecropping and things like Plessy v. Ferguson and Jim Crow. To reiterate, the Confederate flag itself isn’t racist, but the society that it represents was. That is not acceptable in modern society, thus the flag should be removed.

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    Sure, the flag itself may not contain any racist ideology, but the society that used it was racist. That flag represented them, and some people of the…

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  • George from Nebraska

    Confederate flags only represent hatred and racism. Whoever disagrees clearly voted no.

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  • Dante from Pennsylvania

    It is the flag used by a group of states trying to succeed the U.S. which would have affected the nation negatively. The Confederates were an enemy to the state so having the flag that an enemy to the state used is like supporting these people that split our nation in half all just to own slaves. Holding a flag that is the symbol of these ideas that the Confederates had, should be seen as an act against our nation as it supports people who sought to destroy it.

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    It is the flag used by a group of states trying to succeed the U.S. which would have affected the nation negatively. The Confederates were an enemy to…

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  • Margaret from Idaho

    The Confederate flag is not a symbol of patriotism, it is a symbol of hate and needs to be regarded as such. Confederate flags causes many Americans discomfort. It’s important to keep Americans feeling safe.

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    The Confederate flag is not a symbol of patriotism, it is a symbol of hate and needs to be regarded as such. Confederate flags causes many Americans d…

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  • Madison from Alabama

    Removal of Confederate Flag symbols from public land would only be beneficial to contemporary society. The flag stands for racism. It’s that simple. And though the First Amendment is Freedom of Speech, the flag causes such controversy – as it should considering a large number of the American population consists of African Americans who take the flag and its symbolism to offense – and in this case the First Amendment should be disregarded. Though some might consider it UnAmerican, what’s truly UnAmerican is racism (what the flag represents, thus what one represents while wearing it).

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    Removal of Confederate Flag symbols from public land would only be beneficial to contemporary society. The flag stands for racism. It’s that simple. A…

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  • Nice from Indiana

    It represents racism and slavery. Why would you even want that? You can claim freedom of speech, but that’s really just your excuse for being racist. There’s no reason that should be on public land. It’s discriminating.

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    It represents racism and slavery. Why would you even want that? You can claim freedom of speech, but that’s really just your excuse for being racist. …

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  • Tim from Michigan

    Yes, as the confederate flag is a symbol for a failed succession, oppression and slavery. The swastika is banned in Germany as the confederate flag should be here, because they both symbolize hate.

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    Yes, as the confederate flag is a symbol for a failed succession, oppression and slavery. The swastika is banned in Germany as the confederate flag sh…

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  • Heath from Michigan

    If it is public land then there shouldn’t be anything on it that can offend people on it. It is only fair to everyone that has to see it or be on the land that it isn’t there.

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  • Edward from Texas

    The flag shows our history of discrimination & all the wrongs we have done thanks to slavery. The flag should be removed so that it doesnt offend too many people.

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    • Jerred from Georgia

      That’s like saying the NFL represents domestic abuse since many of the players are charged with it. Less than 10% of people who lived in the south were slave owners. Why does the flag represent racism. Why doesn’t the flag represent standing up for your beliefs, limited gov. and southern pride?

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  • Dakota from Alabama

    This is a flag of history this is a battle flag of the 4th virgina infantry it’s like saying the American flag is racist because it don’t have any other color that represents a skin cooler like white on the Flav

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    This is a flag of history this is a battle flag of the 4th virgina infantry it’s like saying the American flag is racist because it don’t have any oth…

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  • Jade from Washington

    The flag we know as the confederate flag is actually not the one the Confederacy used during the civil war, the one we know is the Dixie Flag, which was used in battle to better differentiate the two sides. The flag was further used for racist and hateful fear mongering during reconstruction, segregation, and the civil rights era, so not only is it tied with the pro-slavery Confederate States of America, but it’s a symbol of racism and hate (just look up the KKK’s flag, it’s quite literally a dixie cross) so to allow it to be flown is essentially saying that you are indifferent to the suffering of millions of people

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    The flag we know as the confederate flag is actually not the one the Confederacy used during the civil war, the one we know is the Dixie Flag, which w…

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  • Alannah from Iowa

    ITS NOT THE SOUTHERN FLAG
    ITS A FLAG THAT PROMOTES SLAVERY
    Germany took down all anti-semetic symbols, we need to take down all of the anti-color symbols. It’s not taking away your freedom it’s taking away your racist decorations.

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    ITS NOT THE SOUTHERN FLAG
    ITS A FLAG THAT PROMOTES SLAVERY
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  • Emma from Ohio

    Yes I believe that they should remove the flags. The flags are racist symbols, used by people who thought Slavery was right

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  • Otto from Minnesota

    1 it polarizes the masses, 2 if we truly want to honor those who fought for the confederacy then we wouldn’t put up their flag , they were fighting to be removed from America they didn’t want to be in America so why would we “honor” then by putting their flag up in America

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    1 it polarizes the masses, 2 if we truly want to honor those who fought for the confederacy then we wouldn’t put up their flag , they were fighting to…

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  • Alex from Idaho

    The Confederate flag is a part of history, yes, however it was representative of a side in a war that, for one, American patriots defeated, and two, was advocating for slavery. It is my opinion that the American government should treat the American flag in the same way that the German government treats the swastika. It should be preserved as a piece of history; a piece of history which belongs in museums, not on the streets. To fly the flag sends a simple message. It says to everyone who sees it, “I do not care about giving human beings their basic rights, I only care about my opinions.” The flag /is/ inherently racist, and there is no room for racism in the United States. We are a country of common people and immigrants, and no person should feel unsafe here due to the color of their skin, or their sexual orientation, or any other factor that they cannot control.

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  • Kara from Minnesota

    It is unacceptable that we still allow this symbol of racism to be flown anywhere, much less public property.

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  • Ronnie from South Carolina

    The confederate flag stands for treason and insubordination. It stands for the right to secede and defy the the government. It is not peaceful, it’s means difiance. It doesn’t signify slavey it signify rebellious actions. That flag killed over 600,000 American soilders from both sides. It caused the bloodiest war in American history. It killed one of the greatest presidents in history, Abraham Lincoln. It must be taken down to show our unity and strength. Allowing citizens to yield that flag proved that we are divided and weak.

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    The confederate flag stands for treason and insubordination. It stands for the right to secede and defy the the government. It is not peaceful, it’s m…

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  • Tresaundra from Louisiana

    The government should require the Confederate symbols to be removed from the public land because of the cruelty it represents. Yes, there is no debate to whether the Confederate flag and monuments are a part of American history, but there is no denying the fact that it is a reminder of the racist tendencies of the past and may encourage those of the present. When an African American individual sees a Confederate monument they see the harsh extremities and slavery that their ancestors were forced into, instead of the legacy of proud generals and soldiers that their Caucasian counterparts may see. Therefore, a proper compromise should be the dismantling of the Confederate symbols from public land, but allow them to be displayed upon people’s private property if they wish to represent their beliefs that way.

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    The government should require the Confederate symbols to be removed from the public land because of the cruelty it represents. Yes, there is no debate…

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  • BababaBenjiBoylicious from Alabama

    If I were black I would not be happy about still there are people out there that want me to be and other people to be slaves still. it’s disrespectful and uncalled for. there is no reason to be rude and have racism. we were all created equally so it is not the right thing and everyone one that still supports that flag should feel ashamed of themselves for being not the nicest people they should be. That flag represents slaves and different race people should do all the work for us. I know I would never keep a slave it is just wrong. I would be the one who helps slaves to freedom.

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    If I were black I would not be happy about still there are people out there that want me to be and other people to be slaves still. it’s disrespectful…

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  • Kyteisha from Maryland

    The confederate flag represents the hate and racism that was endured hundreds of years ago. When I am forced to look at that flag on a government building I am forced to think about all the pain my ancestors had to endure to get to where we are now. When that flag is waving it is saying that we are in support of all the racism that occurred then and is occurring now.

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    The confederate flag represents the hate and racism that was endured hundreds of years ago. When I am forced to look at that flag on a government buil…

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  • Adrian from New Hampshire

    On public land it presents a possible threat of violence, harassment, or discrimination to specific groups that the are typically targeted by the supporters of the confederate flag. Also it presents a symbol of division in the country

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    On public land it presents a possible threat of violence, harassment, or discrimination to specific groups that the are typically targeted by the supp…

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  • Daria from Georgia

    On public land, yes these symbols should be removed. While privately, people can keep their flags or other paraphernalia, publicly these symbols display a part of our history where the country was divided and fought relentlessly, killing many people on both sides. Also the government should do what is best for the country. If this issue offends more people than it inspires, it should be dealt with. Imagine that people wanted to display the Nazi flag. Many families had relatives die during the Holocaust. Sure, the reason may be remembrance for German relatives that died in the Holocaust, but the Nazi flag represents a great tragedy in which many other families experienced Jewish relatives who were brutally killed. In America, the Confederate Flag is more close to home because nearly everyone has relatives that fought in the Civil War. I do not believe all flags should be confiscated and if someone wants to have one displayed on their car or home, that should be allowed, but public buildings, landscapes, and monuments should take them down due to the carnage the flag represents and the harm it causes many Americans.

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    On public land, yes these symbols should be removed. While privately, people can keep their flags or other paraphernalia, publicly these symbols displ…

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  • Marie from Florida

    The flag is a symbol of a sad chapter in our history,slavery and the Civil War. If anyone wants to fly the flag they have the right to at their home, business, etc. For those of us who find it offensive, the reason is that in a public place such as state bldgs. it is being paid for and supported by our tax dollars too. Thus, it violates my right not to support these symbols of hatred and slavery.

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    The flag is a symbol of a sad chapter in our history,slavery and the Civil War. If anyone wants to fly the flag they have the right to at their home,…

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    • Otto from Minnesota

      If our goal is to honor those who fought should we fly a flag that represented their struggles to leave the United States in the very place they were trying to leave

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    • Mackenzie from Texas

      While yes, the Confederate flag reminds us of the horrid days of slavery and extreme racism, it’s a crucial piece of American history. It’s like taking down all remembrance of the Vietnam War. Yes, it was absolutely horrible, but we still must honor those who risked their lives in the war. You don’t have to like or agree with the Vietnam War, but many people died in that, in which we show remembrance with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. What if we took that down? That was cause lots of controversy, as would taking down Confederate flags. All countries have sad and terrible chapters in their history, whether it be in the past, present, or future. But peace cannot exist without war. Views do not have to be agreed on, but even in public places, the Confederate flag should be able to fly alongside the American flag. Thinking back through history, there have been more worse events that the Civil War. If anything, flying a Confederate flag would be the least of worries. It’s a flag. It’s a piece of history. Taking that away is taking away a piece of our history. I’m not saying I agreed with the choices made by the Confederacy, but we can’t just go and attempt to erase that piece of history from our country. It’s one of the many ways America was shaped to how it is in this current time.

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      While yes, the Confederate flag reminds us of the horrid days of slavery and extreme racism, it’s a crucial piece of American history. It’s like takin…

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  • Diego from Kentucky

    The Confederate flag represents a time when the U.S. was at its weakest. The Confederacy was a failed attempt of autocrats trying to have their way. The Union is a strong, freedom-preserving state. You can’t have both. I’m all for the flags being preserved in history classes or museums though.

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    The Confederate flag represents a time when the U.S. was at its weakest. The Confederacy was a failed attempt of autocrats trying to have their way. T…

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  • Sarah from Ohio

    Some may argue that the Confederate is a part of American history, therefore the government should let people hang the flag on public property. While it is true that the flag will forever be a symbol of our nation’s past and the struggle our ancestors went through to give us the freedoms we have today, this admission only solidifies the argument that the flag is history. While it is also true that history helps with guiding the present and the future, it is undeniable that history has a place in our everyday lives. History belongs in our minds, our hearts, and more relevantly, in our museums. The flag should never be forgotten or completely erased, however it also should not be hanging in the open. When one hangs the flag on a public building it demonstrates a certain sense of pride in the flag. We as a nation are not at all proud of the time when we turned on ourselves. We are not fond of the time when fathers fought sons and brothers fought brothers. We must remember those times in order to prevent us from ever returning to such times, but we must not stand behind the mindset of those bloody times. We must not be proud of the way we acted during those times because we know now that it was beyond wrong. That flag is a constant reminder that violence against ourselves is never the answer, not a representation of what we believe in now.

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    • Shelley from Texas

      The government doesn’t have the power to “allow” someone to hang a flag…it’s our right to do so – it’s called freedom of expression.

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  • Jaida from Wisconsin

    People claim that the Confederate Flag has no ties to racism and is solely based on the history of the Civil War, but the roots of the Civil War were based on racism. This flag was also used in the 40’s to represent the Dixiecrats — whom supported segregation, lynching, and opposed anti-discrimination laws. Though some people truly believe they are doing no wrong because the flag represents their ancestors who fought hard in battle and their Southern heritage, the flag has been used for racism and racial inequality in recent history.

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    People claim that the Confederate Flag has no ties to racism and is solely based on the history of the Civil War, but the roots of the Civil War were …

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  • Elise from Iowa

    From experience, I have seen many people with confederate flags on their cars, in the windows of their houses, and on t-shirts. Although this may be a part of history, it is not a part of what we embrace today: unity. We embrace the idea that we are all the same when it comes to race, ethnicity, income, and gender, because at the end of the day, you cannot debate that. While it is never a good idea to forget where you come from and the historical value of it, the confederate flag should not be flown in public areas, because it shows that we really aren’t all moving forward as we should be. Of course, people should keep their flags for scrapbooks and memory boxes for the pure historical value that they hold, but they should not be a part of what we see in our everyday lives. We must move on at some point, so why can’t it be now?

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    From experience, I have seen many people with confederate flags on their cars, in the windows of their houses, and on t-shirts. Although this may be a…

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  • Gianluca from Louisiana

    As a resident of New Orleans and citizen of the United States, I think it is not only ridiculous but inappropriate to memorialize statues/flags that on the surface represent slavery, segregation and a century of oppression. Perhaps we should have statues of Adolf Hitler and Hassan Hussein proudly and publicly displayed in major cities in the United States? You can’t have it both ways.

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    As a resident of New Orleans and citizen of the United States, I think it is not only ridiculous but inappropriate to memorialize statues/flags that o…

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  • Sophia from Nebraska

    The Confederate flag represents a failed country that broke away from the United States for the sole reason of wanting slavery. There is no way that that flag could represent anything other than racism. People say it’s about “states’ rights,” but we all know that’s a lie. They just wanted to be racist. No state should give their people the “right” to own other people. I don’t understand how people can be proud of this particular aspect of American history. We should learn from Germany, who understand that they messed up and refuse to let Nazis and the swastika be shown in a positive light.

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    The Confederate flag represents a failed country that broke away from the United States for the sole reason of wanting slavery. There is no way that t…

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  • Michael from Texas

    The Confederate Flag is a symbol of sestamic oppression of the African American community as the flag was adopted as a reactionary symbol to the Civil Rights Movement. Hate speech is not protected under the 1st amendment, and if allowed to be flown over a state capital gives minorities the wrong impression of their government. Besides the Confederacy is a terrorist group who raged war against the United States and should not fly over a state capital or be celebrated in a state monument. On public lands the Confederate flag should not be seen in imagery, but privately is a different story.

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    • Owen from Arizona

      I have 2 things:
      1.The Confederacy was an actual nation. The southern states seceded from the US and formed a functional government for 4 years. It was not a terrorist group with no government
      2.By Supreme Court Decision, raising a flag(no matter which) is considered free speech, so removing the ability to raise a flag is a restriction on free speech.

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      I have 2 things:
      1.The Confederacy was an actual nation. The southern states seceded from the US and formed a functional government for 4 years. I…

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  • Andrew from Ohio

    The confederate flag is more than a symbol of states rights in America. Whether its justified or not, that flag carries heavy racial connotations with it. While one could argue that the flag is stereotyped, it doesn’t change the fact that people see the confederate flag as raciest. Looking at the specific question, the flag has no place in a public setting. Due to what it is seen as, having it put up in a public setting draws on the racism that coincides with it. On a personal level, if an individual wants to put up the flag, they are more than entitled. Free speech protects that, but they can’t force it on everyone (like in a public setting)

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    The confederate flag is more than a symbol of states rights in America. Whether its justified or not, that flag carries heavy racial connotations with…

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  • Qua from Mississippi

    I think we should get confederate symbols moved from the country because we are a democratic state. It makes it looks like we support the confederacy.

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  • Keivonte from Mississippi

    Yes because in today’s nation we are all equal and especially on a public land where it is open to the world. Now for the people who feel otherwise, you can have that on your private property because it’s what you want but otherwise for having it on public property, NO!

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    Yes because in today’s nation we are all equal and especially on a public land where it is open to the world. Now for the people who feel otherwise, …

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  • James from Alabama

    The Confederacy is not racist and has never been racist. More African Americans and Native Americans fought for the Confederacy than they did for the Union. The emancipation proclamation was used to keep Great Britain out of the war, (as many of them were abolitionists) and as a punishment to the South; Yes very rich People in the Confederacy did own slaves but the Union still had slaves too; Kind of funny that they would have slavery but say they were against slavery. It was not a civil war it was a government with too much power that kept going over states rights. It was a government that would be owed $80M in taxes and $70M was coming from the South. They fought for the same rights the founding fathers fought for and they call them traitors and racist and all they wanted to be remembered for was the heroism and courage they had the day they succeeded from the Union.The Union burned their homes to the ground, raped women, killed women and children. That is why it is called The War of Northern Aggression because we know the truth of the war.

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  • Isis from Georgia

    Yes, although the Confederate Flag is a valuable part of our American history it holds some values that are not acceptable in modern times. The Confederate Flag, while representing independence, also represents racism, slavery, and other unacceptable standards. America is a place that accepts different cultures and values and allows people to come and rebuild their lives despite their color, gender, or denomination. By allowing the Confederate Flag to be allowed on public lands it causes not only a sense of fear for immigrants, as well as minorities that have been in this country for years.

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  • Amiaya from Virginia

    Confederate symbols showed separation between the country during the Civil War. As one united country those symbols should be removed from public places.

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  • Shawn from Maryland

    Absolutely, state governments, responding the will of their citizens should remove any public monument they deem detrimental to the public good. As for the historical importance of these monuments, build a museum, charge admission, and let the market determine their significance.

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  • Gittel from Florida

    I think that confederate flags should be removed from all public spaces. The confederate flag is seen by many as a sign of racism. Many people may say that it is not and is used and still kept around so that we can remember our history. But this is a piece of history that we as a people should be embarrassed about. We should not be celebrating the fact that at one point we allowed people to keep slaves. There is no other country that hangs on to the past especially something bad that happened. You do not see Germany allowing flags from World War Two being hung up in public places.

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  • Siegen from Texas

    The “NO” side of the debate is ABSOLUTELY CORRECT in their affirmation of the principles of free speech outlined in the First Amendment, and an attempt to ban the Confederate Flag across the board through fascist excuses like “hate speech” can and should be shut down on a moral and Constitutional basis. HOWEVER, the question on the table is a little more narrow than either side seems willing to admit. The question is: should the government require Confederate symbols (including the flag) to be removed from PUBLIC land? The issue is not whether private citizens may privately display their private beliefs, rather, the issue is whether the symbols may be placed on tax-payer funded public land.

    This question broaches murky territory beyond just free speech. It also calls into question the role of federalism, as “government” in this instance can refer to multiple entities: Federal, State, County, City, etc.

    I think we can all agree that the members of the Federal government cannot fly the Confederate flag on federal property, for one of two reasons: A) Doing so would signify recognition of a nonexistent nation, which violates Congress’s job to recognize foreign states (akin to setting up a US embassy in the contested part of Jerusalem), OR B) Doing so would signify deference to an enemy of the United States, aka treason (akin to flying the Nazi flag). Public, tax-funded land clearly cannot be used for either of these ends. Of course, whether “federal land” technically exists at all is hotly debated, but that is another reason to not allow controversial Confederate displays.

    Now, whether or not the above reasons directly prohibit State, County, or other local governments from displaying Confederate symbols, the federal government should enforce a ban of Confederate displays on lower levels of government as well, even if all the local taxpayers approve of the display. The Supremacy clause of the Constitution grants this authority to the Federal Congress, and its use is justified in the case of either recognition of a non-existent state or treason (the two cases mentioned previously).

    So while I support a citizen’s right to display Confederate symbols on private land, such symbols cannot be allowed on public land. Any attempt at doing so is a direct affirmation of past and present treason, and should not be tolerated.

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  • Joseph from California

    There is a fundamental misunderstanding in many of the responses for the other side, so it should be clarified again, that this regards confederate flags from public land, or in other words, government owned land.

    This question is addressing the issue of many local governments themselves displaying the Confederate flag. The government itself does not share freedom of speech to the same level as private citizens. Public bodies are already granted many economic and legal privileges, such as extra defenses against many actions in tort and review, that we expect a certain level of responsibility from them, and that responsibility extends to making an active effort to not make such blatant POLITICAL statements.

    Although we as private citizens are aware of the workings of politics within the government, the government as a public body itself should not show a direct allegiance to a particular political ideology, we expect public bodies to be working, well, for the public. Just as we do not appreciate if a government body decides to publicly display the flag of a particular party, that logic extends to the Confederate flag, which, today, is more of a political statement than an actual symbol of the old Confederacy. This argument is not restricted to just Confederate symbols; I argue that public lands should only be endorsing and displaying symbols that we all sympathise with – national and state flags, and perhaps the symbol of the bureau itself.

    Of course, the converse of this argument is true. As a private citizen, one is entitled to having political beliefs, and should not be forced to hide it. Everyone should be able to display their own political symbols, even if it is a morally reprehensible as a Confederate flag.

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    • Alyssa from Nebraska

      You stated “I argue that public lands should only be endorsing and displaying symbols that we all sympathise with – national and state flags, and perhaps the symbol of the bureau itself.”
      Some people do sympathize with the Confederate flag. It shows our history, and our ancestry, and whether you like that or not, it’s a part of us. And while yes, we should be showing off our state flags, they are both old and new history. The past history, and our current choices are making history. We can’t erase that.
      If we try to erase the public display of our past, we might as well abolish the 9/11 memorial as well. It brings a bad face to America showing our weakness and incapability to protect our country. Amsterdam should get rid of the Frank house, it shows the Holocaust, people killing innocents.
      We can’t try to abolish and hide our past, it’s everywhere. “today, is more of a political statement than an actual symbol of the old Confederacy.” I argue that it’s not a symbol for evil and slavery, nor a statement for politics to fire back and forth at each other. Instead, it’s a reminder. It reminds us of our dark past, and reminds us how we’ve grown and changed from a divided country.

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  • Briana from New York

    Suppose you were to get up in the middle of a movie theater and scream, “Fire,” even if there wasn’t one. In this case, one can argue that you are using freedom of speech, however, since you are endangering the lives of others, the mass is greater than the individual. While states having their confederate flags up do not necessarily endanger any lives, the country as a whole is greater then an individual. This flag is a symbol of division, and we are called the UNITED States of America. We should not even condone a subliminal message of division, especially at a time when we are already so divided. When Lincoln was president during the war, he did not even acknowledge the Confederacy and only referred to them as “rebel states.” This begs the question that if we didn’t recognize the Confederacy then, why are we going to now when then war ended 152 years ago? Furthermore, not only is this flag a symbol of disunity, but it also shows the beliefs held in antebellum south- such as slavery. While we have come a long way since then, there is still a long way to go and taking down this flag is a step in the right direction. This flag is no longer relevant. We are the United States of America and if we want to keep it that way, there is no reason why we should have a symbol of disunity, discrimination, and opposition to the federal government waving proudly in the air.

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    • Denis from North Carolina

      If the U.S. doesn’t need the Confederate flag because of the long-forgotten, non-mainstream political ideals it has behind it, then why are people allowed to place communist, oppressive symbols publicly in Berkeley, California, for example, if the flag represents oppression and unfathomable political standpoints. Joseph Stalin killed 25 million of his own people to cement that flag, so why isn’t it banned? Free speech overrules people’s feelings and what they deem as “politically correct”, so the people of the U.S. reserve the right to place Confederate flags, and moreover any type of flag, on public land if they so desire to do so

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  • Brandon from Florida

    The confederate flag represents a time in our history that inflicted racism and inequality. It has cemented ill ideals within our country, and by displaying a symbol as such, should be unacceptable. Supporters of the flag will say that it’s an embracement of ones heritage and a major piece of American history. My response is that you can embrace YOUR heritage on YOUR own time and property. It’s completely irrational to force your beliefs and viewpoints upon an opposite minded group of people. In terms of American history, it should be shown in museums and school textbooks were we can accurately depict and educate individuals on the events that occured in that time in history. We’re not completely banning the confederate flag, we’re simply refusing to force its values upon the general public.

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    • Aidan from Ohio

      Like you so eloquently stated, “It’s completely irrational to force your beliefs and viewpoints upon an opposite minded group of people.” America was built on freedom, so why should people not be able to have a flag that represents his or her heritage. America is a place that a place that develops incredible thinkers and ideas, like freedom. As Americans, we have the fundamental, inalienable right to freedom. The Confederate flag is just a flag and does not mean that if an individual displays it in public that he or she favors slavery. Everyone knows that slavery is immoral and illegal, but it is just a flag. Racism is a terrible epidemic, but it is not a piece of colored fabric that is causing this despicable ordeal. The flag can represent people’s heritage, generations upon generations of someone’s family may be from the same place in the South. The flag depicts these deep roots that go through some tragic parts of America’s history. But as a society that embraces individual freedoms, why should we ban a piece of fabric?

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    • J from Pennsylvania

      You said that “It’s completely irrational to force your beliefs and viewpoints upon and opposite minded group of people.” If you were to forcible remove the confederate flag in public, wouldn’t you be enforcing it on a group of people that want the flag?
      Just a thought. Please correct me and explain if I am wrong. Thanks!

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  • Alyssa from Nebraska

    While people may agree or disagree with the Confederate symbol, it is still a part of American History. Every country has their rough paths, whether it’s now, in the future, or in their past. But all of it makes the country who it is. Confederacy may be a symbol for our evil doings of slavery, but we cannot remove that from our land. We don’t have to shame ourselves forever with our wrong doings, but we can show how we’ve changed as a country. We should be proud of how we’ve moved from a divided land, to a united country of freedom.

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    • Lucas from Maryland

      I personally think if the South is using it as a heritage of the South is totally fine. It is not a hate sign at most of the times even though there are some people using it as “hate”, but that’s personal and it is not about the symbol.

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    • Alannah from Iowa

      The nazi flag is a part of German history, but they got rid of it because it was wrong.

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    • Drake from Colorado

      There is no more eloquent way to word exactly what these monuments mean. Thank you for being the voice of so many.

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    • Otto from Minnesota

      Though I see where you are coming from we could quite easily fly a union flag, it would still respect the time and the history of the civil war without being as polarizing and provocative.

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    • Mackenzie from Nebraska

      I agree.

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  • Claire from Virginia

    We should not make people take down Confederate symbols. The Declaration of Independence states that people have the right to practice any religion they like and have different opinions. So what is the problem with having a Confederate flag or symbol? We all now know that slavery is wrong. That doesn’t mean that we should just erase all traces of it. Many honorable Confederate soldiers died in the war. One of the most-known Generals is Robert E. Lee. Robert Edward Lee, born and raised in Virginia, was destined to be a military hero. Despite his families financial struggles Lee attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. He graduated second in his class in 1829. Two years after that he married and for seventeen years he worked as an officer in the Corps of Engineers. Lee inspected and supervised the construction of the nation’s coastal defenses. In 1852-1855 Lee worked as superintendent of West Point. He taught and educated many soldiers-to-be that would soon be taking orders from him in the Civil War. In 1855 he joined the Confederate Calvary and became a Civil War hero too many. I’d say he deserves respect for all he has done for the country. Let’s compare this issue to the 2016-2017 Presidential Election. As the voting date approached people started to put up signs and campaign for the candidate they supported. Of course everyone had a different opinion but no one made someone take a sign down because they had different political views. Therefore I do not think that the government should require people to take down Confederate flags or symbols.
    And I rest my case.

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  • MaKenna from Virginia

    The videos inspired me to say no

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  • Nolan from Michigan

    No. The symbol is part of American history. It represents all that the people of the civil war fought for. Just because one young man decided to shoot a church and had th flag with him does not mean that it is bad. The symbol means a lot to people and it should not have to be taken down because of one person. People should have the freedom to put it on public land. Freedom is part of the country. America is known as the free country. People should have the freedom to express themselves even if it is with the confederate flag or symbol.

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  • Jalen from Michigan

    No, I do not think they should be removed, if a person would like to have a a confederate flag outside their own land or if it’s on public land. It violates that persons 1st amendment, that is not fair for anyone if it violates there rights. If someone doesn’t like that they have a flag of their states previous military flag , if they don’t like it they should just ignore it.

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  • David from Wisconsin

    The government should not require confederate symbols to be removed from public lands, because they serve to remind the people of past injustices. They also serve to educate about the history of the south. A similar situation to this would be to remove instances of America being unfair toward Native Americans from history textbooks. Another reason to allow these symbols is that they constitute free speech. If people get tattoos that show hate speech, it is within their right to do so. Overall, confederate symbols on public lands serve to educate about history and prevent it from being repeated in addition to serving as a beacon of free speech. Forcefully removing these symbols to try and sterilize America’s image is to ignore our past. Even though the history of the south may not be the best, it is still beneficial to remember it to prevent it from happening again.

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  • Spencer from Illinois

    The flag is a symbol of heritage or state’s autonomy to many, not a symbol of hate or slavery. The logic is not sound for the reasons of the legacy of slavery, either. Slavery, among other atrocities occurred under the Stars and Stripes, the Union Jack, the Rising Sun, and many other nation’s flags. They are used today. Should we remove those flags altogether as well? In the end, this just seems like a condescension of American Southern culture, and an attempt of suppression.

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  • Garret from California

    It is apart of our 1st amendment right to have this flag, and any flag fly as high and proud as we want.

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  • Cameron from Wisconsin

    The Civil War was fought for states rights, and although the rights the states wanted were unconstitutional, the war still stands as a lesson of federal over reach and means a large part heritage for a lot of people. Banning it would prove disaster.

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  • Hunter from Pennsylvania

    Violation of the freedom of speech if you remove the flag. I don’t fly the flag or have any history with it. If you can allow people to say they want to blow up the white house or say F the president, then you should be allowed to fly the flag. However flags of ISIS, as enemies of the United States, should not be allowed to be flown in any way, shape, or form.

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  • Tim from New Jersey

    It was the heritage and you cannot take that away from them!

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  • David from Ohio

    The government should not require confederate symbols to be removed from public land because the government has no right to infringe upon the remembrance of the nation’s past, even if it was an ugly past. The government should allow confederate symbols to freely stand in public land due to the basic fact that we should, as dutiful Americans, remember our own downfalls and history so as to forever remember the gruesome history that is a part of the nation as a whole. The primary function that these confederate monuments is not to promote racism or encourage hatred, but rather celebrate the accomplishments of past individuals who courageously spoke and acted out against the federal government for the sake of preserving their own political beliefs. The monuments of the confederacy may often serve to inspire individuals to never conform or surrender his or her whole self to the federal government under any condition. Standing up for true beliefs and not simply following the majority often serves as a check on the government’s power. Expressing our innermost beliefs reminds us also that the purpose of the representative democracy system employed by the United States is to simply be ruled by the people who make up the United States of America. If there is disagreement, there must be compromise because each citizen is represented equally throughout the country and every opinion, belief, or value is meaningful. This very intrinsic characteristic of the confederacy has greatly helped in creating our political system today. Therefore, confederate monuments serve to remind us of our rights and push us to openly express and debate our own disagreements. The confederate monuments should also indefinitely be preserved because it demonstrates the painful, yet truthful, history of our great nation. Our history shapes who we are as one united nation and we must acknowledge and make known our differences so as to open up to all people of the world. If the citizens of America can recognize the history of the nation and even celebrate it through confederate monuments, then the citizens of America provide a great example of patriotism and pride, which will attract numerous more groups of individuals to be open about their pasts as well, leading to a more open and honest world. Our past is not something that we should try to cover up or eradicate, but rather something that we should acknowledge for the betterment of all people. The truth will always trump lies, and it is the duty of the citizens of the United States to uphold it.

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  • Austin from Ohio

    It is a part of history it’s just as if they got rid of the constitution because someone didn’t like it.

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  • Anahi from California

    The Confederate flag should not be taken down. The reason being is that this is part of our history. It’s what makes our home, home. By taking down symbols that represent an important part of our history is like taking away part of ourselves. We should all be proud where we come from and how this country came to be.

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  • Kadin from New York

    It’s the right of citizens to express themselves if it’s constitutional to burn the American flag then it’s constitutional to fly the rebel flag

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  • Sarah from New York

    It’s our history it shouldn’t be removed.

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  • Samantha from Texas

    You should have one if you want and thet shouldn’t be “banned” because this is just freedom of speech for people who do have them flying high like the American flag.

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  • Dominic from New Mexico

    This flag is used incorrectly and gets portrayed as a racist symbol. Us educatied folks know the real meaning in heritage not hate.

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  • Caitlyn from Texas

    I say no, because the confederate flag was never meant for slavery or racism it’s meaning was for the confederate battle against the union that’s why the flag was hoisted on the poles. Taking away our confederate flag is like taking away our history if the government says we’re free why are they allowing people to erase or freedom of speech that flag isn’t for slavery or for racism it’s for the battle of the confederates nothing more.

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  • Joshua from Indiana

    The states should decide

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  • Dylan from Virginia

    This is my heritage. My life past. My family before me fought for the south only cause what we believed in was different than others. You tear down our statues, our flags that don’t mean hate but heritage and hold the past in side of them. They show what happened to the US. And how it can happen again. It is currently happening. The right of my freedom of speech is getting taken away everytime im told to take down my flag or take off my shirt or change cause someone doesn’t like it. I have my rights to wear what I want and no one can take that from me. I am a 16 year old student in highschool. And I used to wear a confederate flag 1 time every month and I was sent to the office everytime. They finally said if I dont stop wearing it, I will be suspended or expelled. I quickly responded with well I will see you in court the week you do that. I then wore a full confederate flag suit to school the next week. Nothing happened. I think everyone has their own opinion. They can do just about whatever. If you don’t like my opinions don’t talk to me. If I don’t like your opinions, I won’t talk to you. This is bullshit that just because people don’t like the statues or flags doesn’t mean they have he right to remove them. Each and every southern Soilder had a family. Had a life. And a right to be remembered. We have the ww2 memorial and all the other memorials in DC, with names and everything there expresses the lives lost. The statues taken express lives that were lost as well.

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  • Kylar from Texas

    Yes the Confederate Flag represented hate 150 years ago, but you can’t erase history. It happened. We can’t change that fact. The Confederate Flag also represented Southern Pride, the moment when the south split and they felt that pride. It represents the south’s history. Why take this from them? If its a big deal then leave the state.

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  • catherine from Virginia

    Even though people may disagree with the confederate flag it still is a part of our history. We have to be able to understand that. This flag is also a symbol of our past. We have to know that people and places may want to put this flag up as a part of our history, and they have every right to do so.

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  • Noah from Alabama

    If you take things resembaling the confederacy it would make it harder to Lear of history and we need to learn from past mistakes

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  • Kylie from Texas

    This is a flag of the south. not a flag of racism , we had out belifs in slavery, we dont anymore. but this flag no matter what happened has always represented the south and still does

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  • Joe from Virginia

    Heritage not Hate
    It is part of our history and you can’t get rid of history.

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  • william from North Carolina

    many confederate soliders were fighting for there hertigage and there land not for slavery

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  • Trasa from Texas

    Okay, say we do remove these flags and statues because they represent a negative part of our history, one that we no longer want to claim as our national position. Fine, but where does it stop? Do we remove all traces of the southern, slave-owning Founders, because of their choices? Washington, D.C. should then have its name changed, because we don’t agree with George owning people. We cannot excise history to only the parts we agree with. Someone mentioned that the German people got rid of the Nazi flag…but they kept many, many symbols of the Nazi party and its actions, so that people could remember and then knowingly refuse to go down the same path. Education, not eradication, of history should be our battle cry.

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  • Zach from Florida

    While the confederate flag may have represented the south during the civil war, it only represents hate if the person flying it is using it in that way. The civil war was not about whether or not slavery should be legal. It just so happened that was the biggest difference. It was about the North trying to impose their needs over the whole country without looking at the needs of different parts of the country. Today when most people fly a confederate flag (at least here in the south) it represents southern pride, not prejudice like so many make it seem.

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  • Teagan from Virginia

    I am kind of stuck in the middle, there are many reasons to take it down some of which being that it can symbol of hate or slavery supporters while it can also be a reminder of what we had done before and it is part of our history and should not be forgotten. But for now I am siding with No because I think history is important and while the Confederates would Unlikely be forgotten with no flags it is still a big part of it.

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  • Alex from Ohio

    The confederate flag is mainly a symbol of southern pride, and also is a symbol of our nations history. If you remove the confederate flag from public places, that means you are trying to hide the past away and ignore how we got to the spot we are today. Removing the confederate flag is also a violation of freedom of speech, because if people want to use the flag, they have every right to do so.

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  • Joshua from Minnesota

    According to the !st Amendment of The United States Constitution that american citizens have the right to freedom of religion, the press, and freedom of speech…this includes the confederate flag. I do think that the people have every right in the world to fly what ever flag, wear what ever they want. To those who believe that he confederate flag is racist…yes it is evolved into a symbol of racism, but that does not exclude the fact that the flag and it’s history. The flag was the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia. Yes the recent history of the flag is racist, when the flag moved from being a square shape to the shape it is today originated during the civil rights movement and was often flown by the KKK and other racist groups. But who are you to say that we should show unity through other symbols such as the american flag…if you think that the history of the american flag is all great and nice then you are a absolute hypocrite. The american flag is every more racist than the confederate flag, if i am correct the american flag flew over the ships that brought the slaves to america not the confederate flag, or when soldiers took land from people and slaughtered them during the relocation of the Native Americans, or during the civil rights movement where american citizens were beat, lynched, and abused by other american citizens.

    The civil war was caused by many things not just slavery, history is always written by the victors don’t you think that of course the northern states would say that the civil war was about slavery. Less than 5% of the population of the south owned slaves, many of the people were so poor because of the sanctions and restrictions that the american government had put on southern crops. Many of the soldiers who fought for the CSA were fighting for mainly three things, they fought for their families, they fought for their state and joined for a since of adventure, not because they had slaves and wanted to keep the slaves for the other richer people. So to say that every soldier and family in the south had slaves is absolutely bigoted and you should be ashamed of yourself!!!!!

    To say that the nazi flag and the confederate are the same is completely wrong the confederate flag is completely less horrible compared to the nazi flag. To say that a flag that flew over a country that tried to exterminate a entire group of people is the same as a very small percentage of people who had slaves is a absolute horrible thing to say.

    As someone who is a descendent of Tennessee confederate soldiers and knowing that they were dirt poor and joined the CSA for the adventure and to provide money for their families, I am honored to be a descendent of someone who fought for their families.

    So Yes I believe that the confederate flag should be allowed to fly on public grounds.
    I believe that the men who fought and died deserve to be remembered and honored just like we honor the soldier today. To forget where america and the south has come from and look where we are today as a nation is remarkable. Yes racism is still in america and is still a issue, and know one should be owned by another human, but that does not mean that we should completely throw away four years of an important part of american history of an a symbol that means many thing for many different people is not the way that america needs to take.

    The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

    ― William Faulkner

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  • Emma from Virginia

    These flags are part of our history, and how can we learn from history if we don’t know it? Also, the south did not fight the Civil War just because of slavery, it was also because they opposed tariffs, the power split between the states and the government, and also the difference in their way of living, like suburban and rural areas. But most of these historic figures were more than just soldiers or generals. They were also teachers, philosophers, and much more. It’s just like doctors; they’ve made mistakes and accidentally killed or hurt patients before, but should we see them as murderers? No! Doctors also help and heal people. We respect doctors. That’s exactly how we should treat the people who served in the war. They made a mistake, and the Confederate flag doesn’t stand for only one thing. History tends to repeat itself, right? Well, if you don’t want it to repeat, then we should LEARN from it, and there is no way to do that if its not there anymore.

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    These flags are part of our history, and how can we learn from history if we don’t know it? Also, the south did not fight the Civil War just because o…

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  • Fred from Indiana

    The flag stands for the past not the present, it stands for a time when we were fighting each other over the southern way of life being threatened.

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  • Claudia from Illinois

    I think a huge learning curve in America is learning to embrace our culture and our history and recognize the fact that we are moving on. Racial discrimination and violence still very much exists and ideologies such as those from the KKK have resurfaced as much as ever, but making them a taboo subject and hiding them does not make the situation better. Furthermore, both sides of America as a whole has to recognize the existence and viewpoints of both sides. Liberals cannot simply declare conservatives as the “bad guys” of the world and conservatives cannot point at liberals and say they have no sense of responsibility. We must aim for appreciation and acceptance of both sides, because only with this kind of conversation can society as a whole move forward.

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    I think a huge learning curve in America is learning to embrace our culture and our history and recognize the fact that we are moving on. Racial discr…

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  • Jesse from Colorado

    The confederate flag’s meaning is “Through the blood of Christ, with the protection of God, we, the 13 Southern States of Secession,are united in our Christian fight for liberty.”

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  • Alexa from Michigan

    no cause the flag isn’t bad the people who used it for bad purposes and you can’t even watch the Dukes of Hazzards cause of the car and right now you shouldn’t hate the flag people have rough past but you cannot blame the flag. For what people did with it.

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    no cause the flag isn’t bad the people who used it for bad purposes and you can’t even watch the Dukes of Hazzards cause of the car and right now you …

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  • Rorey from Michigan

    Taking away the Confederate flag wont hide our countrys history. Many people charish that flag because they had family that fought in the civil war. No one can hide the history of the flag. The states should be able to decide if they want to fly the flag.

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    Taking away the Confederate flag wont hide our countrys history. Many people charish that flag because they had family that fought in the civil war. N…

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  • Jacob from Michigan

    I said no because the flag means that they had freedom over the south and the flag is apart of history for the south.The flag is shown for history so that history doesn’t repeat itself.The rights granted to us in the first amendment to the Bill of Rights of the constitution grant us the freedom to express ourselves. In order for this country to strive and move forward, it is important that we have knowledge of where we came from. They are hurting the people’s families the was in the war.

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    I said no because the flag means that they had freedom over the south and the flag is apart of history for the south.The flag is shown for history so …

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  • Jacob from Michigan

    The confederate states of America are a part of American history, wether we look at them as good or bad is up to us. I do not think they should be removed because I look at it as an act of free speech, which means it would be protected under the first amendment of our constitution. In this country we have the freedom to think and say what we want, therefore it makes sense to hang a confederate flag if you so please.

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    The confederate states of America are a part of American history, wether we look at them as good or bad is up to us. I do not think they should be re…

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  • Whitney from Oregon

    It’s a symbol of traitorism, but the first amendment protects free speech, including, sadly, the Confederate flag.

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  • Robert from Mississippi

    This is a part of history whether you like it or not. If we are gonna remove this from history let’s remove all of the Martin Luther King, WWI and WWII as well. Just because a group of people want to remove it does not change history.

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    This is a part of history whether you like it or not. If we are gonna remove this from history let’s remove all of the Martin Luther King, WWI and WWI…

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  • Chase from Pennsylvania

    There is nothing racist about it, it has to do with government

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    • Ryan from New Jersey

      It does have to do with the government, and while I am not disagreeing with that part of your argument, it is most certainly racist. While disagreements regarding tariffs and states rights also led the Southern states to secede from our country, one of the main reasons they wanted to secede was because they wanted to keep slavery around, partially because of their racism and partially because they wanted to continue to reap the economic benefits of free labor, even if it did mean treating their fellow human beings as property. Undeniably, the Confederate Flag represents the Confederate States of America who supported slavery and therefore, it also represents their racist ideologies. In addition, the flag has been a symbol of racism throughout our nation’s history, even after the Civil War. For example, it was adopted by the white conservative Dixiecrat party in 1948. This group strongly supported racial segregation (Jim Crow Laws) as well as the state’s rights to choose not to involve themselves in issues regarding race (ex. not having to implement anti-lynching laws). Just recently, the shooter Dylan Roof who killed nine African-Americans in a Charleston church also supported and waved the Confederate flag. Therefore, because the flag has been used to represent hateful ideologies regarding discrimination based upon skin color, the Confederate flag is absolutely racist.

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      It does have to do with the government, and while I am not disagreeing with that part of your argument, it is most certainly racist. While disagreeme…

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  • Maddy from Texas

    This is history. Why change it? History also means in the past, this was a long time ago, the debate should’ve been done then but it never happened; which means if they didn’t ban it them we shouldn’t either. The world needs to quit getting butt hurt about every little thing.

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    This is history. Why change it? History also means in the past, this was a long time ago, the debate should’ve been done then but it never happened; w…

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  • Nick from Connecticut

    I can’t take a middle ground here BUT I am for and against but mostly against at the moment. I do think the confederate flag is disgusting and should be removed because of what it stands for BUT I don’t think statues of American Generals should be pulled up from where they are. These are memorials to PEOPLE for crying out loud. Don’t desecrate that. Sure they had different views then you, and they’re views were gross and racist to you but that doesn’t subtract the fact that they’re people just like you and me. I’m all for the removal of the Confederate Flag but leave the soldiers memorials alone please.

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    I can’t take a middle ground here BUT I am for and against but mostly against at the moment. I do think the confederate flag is disgusting and should …

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  • Drew from Michigan

    Regardless of what they stood for, the Confederacy remains an important part of our country’s history. This is in no sense a qualification of the Confederates’ ideology. To say that they represented a culture of racism, bigotry, and insurrection is entirely justified. Yet, a person’s (or nation’s) views should not be a factor in deciding what history is preserved or forgotten. History is truth. The opinions of one, or our opinions of them, should not give us the ability to erase their influences. Confederate monuments and historical sites serve as artifacts of our past, and offer the chance to learn from it. Just as one should be critical when people whitewash history, removing details based on race or ethnicity; so too should they be critical when people erase details based on the views of the figures in question. For example, take Robert E Lee and Malcolm X. Both men made significant contributions to our nation’s history; on the other hand, each man held views that might be deemed racist. If the government were to call for the removal of a statue of Malcolm X but not for Lee (or vice versa), it would be hypocritical. History should be based in truth, and to remove elements deemed wrong or in disagreement with modern values makes it into a matter of opinions. To oppose the Confederate ideology would be just, but to wipe out all remaining traces would be unjust. The Confederacy existed, and therefore has a right to have a place in our history.

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    Regardless of what they stood for, the Confederacy remains an important part of our country’s history. This is in no sense a qualification of the Co…

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  • Lance from New York

    It is a symbol of pride for one’s heritage, just like the American flag, and people should be able to express that pride

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  • Erika from Ohio

    Even though people believe that it is a symbol of horrible things, it was really just the Virginian Battle Flag back in the day, and shouldn’t be associated with those horrible things so much. Sure, one side used it, but that doesn’t mean it was theirs first. People should stop assuming that it is so horrible and racist and offensive and get used to it. But then again, some of these guys that are saying yes to this poll also believe it is okay to deface the American Flag, which is against the law. Get the whole story, please.

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    Even though people believe that it is a symbol of horrible things, it was really just the Virginian Battle Flag back in the day, and shouldn’t be asso…

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  • Colin from Georgia

    If you understand the rhetoric and reason behind the confederate symbol, it was meant as a majority for states rights. In this sense we must ban the american flag, and any other flag for that matter.

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    If you understand the rhetoric and reason behind the confederate symbol, it was meant as a majority for states rights. In this sense we must ban the a…

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  • Taylor from Michigan

    The confederate flag is a symbol of American history and shouldn’t be taken down just because others think it’s a bad sign. People are entitled to their own opinion and I think we should act like adults and let it be.

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    The confederate flag is a symbol of American history and shouldn’t be taken down just because others think it’s a bad sign. People are entitled to the…

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  • Andre from Michigan

    If the goverment forces us to remove confederate symbols from public land it takes away our rights as a citezen. Public areas should still be able to put out confederate symbols, its apart of our U.S history. If we remove them then we remove our history. They should be able to keep them up for historical purposes. Its not the confederate symbol that is corrupt its the people that makes it corrupt. The flag and other confederate symbols should stay.

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    If the goverment forces us to remove confederate symbols from public land it takes away our rights as a citezen. Public areas should still be able to …

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  • Sean from Michigan

    The Confederate Flag is an important part of southern culture and history. To ignore history will allow history to repeat itself. Most people who fought for the south in the Civil war didn’t fight to keep slavery, but to stop the Union’s perceived overreaching of power. The rights granted to us in the first amendment to the Bill of Rights of the constitution grant us the freedom to express ourselves. In order for this country to strive and move forward, it is important that we have knowledge of where we came from. The flag isn’t hurting anybody, let it fly with every other flag. So the Confederate flag has the right to be flown.

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    The Confederate Flag is an important part of southern culture and history. To ignore history will allow history to repeat itself. Most people who foug…

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  • James from New Mexico

    By removing the flag we are removing our past, and where we came from. The flag is not the embodiment of racism, it simply shows how we were different. By removing this flag you will be required to remove EVERY VERSION of the American flag as well.

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    By removing the flag we are removing our past, and where we came from. The flag is not the embodiment of racism, it simply shows how we were different…

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  • Josh from Michigan

    The confederate flag is not a bad symbol. The hateful people that may or may not represent that flag are bad. The flag itself represents America’s past. Many people had family that fought in the civil war. The flag means something to them personally as part of their heritage. They don’t veiw it as an offensive symbol. When they see that flag they’re proud, and I don’t think that we should take that away.

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    The confederate flag is not a bad symbol. The hateful people that may or may not represent that flag are bad. The flag itself represents America’s pas…

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  • Brock from Michigan

    I said no becouse the flag means that they had freedom over the south and it become that evveryone became free. The flag means alot if you know about it

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  • Jacob from Michigan

    There is no reason to remove a war symbol from public property. The flag itself does not represent offensive ideals, however some groups use it for such. If a hate group flying a flag means that the flag can’t be flown then the United States Stars and Stripes flag should not be flown either, as the same hate groups that fly the Confederate flag generally fly Stars and Stripes. It is also not the responsibility of the federal government to make this decision, and should ultimately be left to the state government.

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    There is no reason to remove a war symbol from public property. The flag itself does not represent offensive ideals, however some groups use it for su…

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  • George from Florida

    Should Confederate symbols stay in public areas or should they be removed? Before I begin explaining why I support that they shouldn’t be removed, here are some things to think about. There is no stereotype associated with either side of this argument. For example, if you think the flag shouldn’t be removed that doesn’t mean that you like slavery. If you think it should be removed that doesn’t mean that you are against slavery. There are reasons for each side but I am leaning more towards the “no” side of this question. One of the reasons why I believe that the Confederate Symbols shouldn’t be removed is because the 1st amendment protects freedom of speech and expression. Symbols like the Confederate Flag could be used as a symbol of expression of a person or group of people. Therefore the Constitution protects the fact that Confederate symbols should stay in public areas. Another reason Confederate symbols shouldn’t be removed from public areas is because they are symbolic of our history. We went from a divided nation torn apart by slavery to a united nation. So rather than having the Confederate symbols removed, cherish the history behind them and what they mean.

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    Should Confederate symbols stay in public areas or should they be removed? Before I begin explaining why I support that they shouldn’t be removed, h…

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  • Hailey from Missouri

    No, It is a part of our history. Or future children should have the right to see that symbol on American land.

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  • Matthew from Utah

    I say no because, there is so much history behind those monuments and leaving them in public shows we have come a long way since those times. Putting it in a museum would show we’re ashamed of our past; now our past isn’t the happiest of stories, but it still shows how far we’ve come. We don’t want to be ashamed of what we’ve done, we want to be proud of what we have become! We may not need to keep it on a literal pedestal, but show it’s in the past and display it for the world to see in public!

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    I say no because, there is so much history behind those monuments and leaving them in public shows we have come a long way since those times. Putting…

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  • Joe from Tennessee

    Getting rid of sensitive history that you’re not happy about does not change what happened.

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  • Shana from Virginia

    They should not be removed because they are part of history!

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  • Amos from Alabama

    If we do not have symbols of the past or remember the past “..WE ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT IT!!”

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    • Drew from Illinois

      It’s one thing to show symbols to show we must not repeat it. It’s a different thing where we endorse it, and raise it.

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  • Jason from California

    Heritage not Hate!

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  • Jesse from Ohio

    These soldiers were just as American as any union soldier.

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  • Albert from Illinois

    I may not be a fan of the confederacy, but I know the rights granted to us in the first amendment to the Bill of Rights of the constitution grant us the freedom to express ourselves. Those that still leave the confederate flags out are using symbolic speech, which we are granted. Also, it is a vital part to American history. In order for this country to strive and move forward, it is important that we have knowledge of where we came from.

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    I may not be a fan of the confederacy, but I know the rights granted to us in the first amendment to the Bill of Rights of the constitution grant us t…

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  • Nick from Ohio

    People can be offended by this flag all they want. Personally I don’t care either way. I don’t like it, I don’t hate it. I do believe there are other meanings to the flag other than racism and slavery. It can mean southern pride, rebellion, or just “I’m a country boy”. It’s freedom of speech. And just like the second amendment. That right shall not be infringed.

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    People can be offended by this flag all they want. Personally I don’t care either way. I don’t like it, I don’t hate it. I do believe there are other …

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  • Alexjs from Georgia

    No, the government should not remove the Confederate flag. We need to preserve our history, no matter how awful it may be. As a country, we learn through our mistakes and sufferings. If we erase this, we may be put on the path to repeat. As a compromise, instead of removing the flag and Confederate monuments, we could provide information as to why the Confederates were wrong and both preserve history and stop it from appearing inherently racist.

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    No, the government should not remove the Confederate flag. We need to preserve our history, no matter how awful it may be. As a country, we learn thro…

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  • Ahn from Minnesota

    The Confederate Flag is an important part of southern culture and history. Most people who fought for the south in the Civil war did not fight to keep slavery, but to stop the Union’s perceived overreaching of power. I understand the perceived wrongs committed under this flag, and these wrongs were horrific, and should always be condemned. If you look at the context of the times, people all around the country were in the wrong and you can’t blame one specific group for what was done. For instance, in 10-15 years, the whole nation will look down upon those who opposed gay rights, but if you think back, opposing gay rights was the norm, should we dislike the opposers’ behavior, yes. Should we educate people about how it was a negative thing, yes. But crucifying people stood for just because it was the norm and they might have been part of a certain group is absolutely ridiculous. If you force someone to do something just because you dislike it, you are limiting their free speech, which is a constitutional right that only a tyrannical ruler would take away. Once you limit free speech, the government is able to brainwash society and your freedoms can be stripped with ease. If free speech is stripped, the American people will rise up and re-institute a government that stands for their God-given natural rights that no-one can take away.

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    The Confederate Flag is an important part of southern culture and history. Most people who fought for the south in the Civil war did not fight to keep…

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  • Ben from Wisconsin

    Its history. The flag does not stand for hate. They should not be removed. They should stay and fly high in remembrance of history and all the people and heros.

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  • Alex from Florida

    It can be hard when dealing with an issue as controversial as slavery. Should Confederate symbols like the Confederate Flag stay in public areas? Well, I’d honestly have to say that I lean more towards “no”. Before I begin, I feel like there is almost a stereotype associated with any Confederate symbol. If you dislike the flag, you dislike slavery. If you “like” the flag, you support slavery. However, the issue is much more complicated. Myself, I did say that I lean more to the “no”. We should not remove the flag or any confederate symbols because it would be as if we were trying to cover up history. Yes, the flag may seem represent slavery, hatred, and a failed country, but it is part of America’s history. If we try to forget about our past we are fated to repeat it. In modern times, the flag and Confederate symbols should not stand for hatred or division, but as a reminder of the evils that were committed in the past. Rather than fighting to remove the flag and other related symbols, we should be proud of the flag. We should not be proud of what it represented in the past, but what it represents today. Today, it does not represent a country that supported slavery, but is a part of American history that helps citizens feel pride. As a citizen of the United States, you should be able to look at the flag and feel hatred towards it, but acknowledge that it is part of who you are. How does it represent pride? Well, we should look at the flag and see how far we’ve come. We’ve gone from a divided nation torn apart by slavery to a free, powerful, and united nation; The United States of America.

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    It can be hard when dealing with an issue as controversial as slavery. Should Confederate symbols like the Confederate Flag stay in public areas? Well…

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  • Nick from Kentucky

    One of the main freedoms that we have in the United States is the freedom of expression. We have the freedom as citizens of the United States to express ourselves and our views in almost any way we want to. I don’t think that the government should get involved with the issue involving the confederate flag because it isn’t harming anyone. Maybe if people who support the confederate flag were harming other people, then the government may want to get involved, but until that happens they should stay out of it and let the people express themselves however they want to. People are going to get offended no matter which way they go with this, so why change it? If people will get offended either way, just leave it the same. There is no point in making it illegal just because it offends some people.

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    One of the main freedoms that we have in the United States is the freedom of expression. We have the freedom as citizens of the United States to expre…

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  • Kyle from Kentucky

    The Confederate flag is still apart of history. If South Carolina wants to hang it above the courthouse then they should be allowed to do so. Taking this away could be cutting into the states rights.

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    The Confederate flag is still apart of history. If South Carolina wants to hang it above the courthouse then they should be allowed to do so. Taking t…

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  • Blake from Kentucky

    The flag itself is in no way offensive it is what these people represent that flag as. The flag is not racist and to me symbolizes no racism. The flag represents american history and our freedom of speech

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    The flag itself is in no way offensive it is what these people represent that flag as. The flag is not racist and to me symbolizes no racism. The fl…

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  • Jonah from Kentucky

    If the symbol reminds people of what it was for and causes them to never do it again, I see no reason why action should be taken to erase a piece of American History indefinitely

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  • Alex from Florida

    It can be hard when dealing with an issue as controversial as slavery. Should Confederate symbols like the Confederate Flag stay in public areas? Well, I’d honestly have to say that I lean more towards “no”. Before I begin, I feel like there is almost a stereotype associated with any Confederate symbol. If you dislike the flag, you dislike slavery. If you “like” the flag, you support slavery. However, the issue is much more complicated. Myself, I did say that I lean more to the “no”. We should not remove the flag or any confederate symbols because it would be as if we were trying to cover up history. Yes, the flag may seem represent slavery, hatred, and a failed country, but it is part of America’s history. If we try to forget about our past we are fated to repeat it. In modern times, the flag and Confederate symbols should not stand for hatred or division, but as a reminder of the evils that were committed in the past. In addition to this, there is no reasoning behind saying that the flag preserves slavery in the modern era. Accept it or not, slavery is still very much alive in not only the U.S., but the world. As a civilization, we may try to hide behind the irrational idea that slavery is dead, but that is simply not true. Slavery does not only apply to a white man or woman having ownership of an African American, but is all representation of a White men and women being to “superior” to an African American. That is slavery, not a flag that represents the failures of our past. Should we erase this flag from America’s history, we are doomed to repeat the terrors caused prior to the Civil War once again. No, I stand on the side of the Union, not with the Confederacy, and you must understand that I very much dislike slavery. However, the idea that the flag and other symbols evoke or preserve slavery is simply absurd.

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  • Joseph from Ohio

    No because that is a southern American flag and just because it was used in the civil war it had nothing to do with being black both battle sides north and south had a flag

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  • Jacob from Florida

    Should the government require confederate symbols to be removed from public land? No, confederate symbols should not be removed because it violates a citizen’s right for freedom of expression and speech. Also, confederate symbols such as statues or monuments should not be removed because things such as that should be saved as it helps the young people of this time to learn about the past and teach them about what happened. As many people say, if you do not learn about the past then you are most likely going to repeat it in the future. If the statues or monuments are removed then there won’t be any more physical things relating back to this time in the nation. Also, the confederate flag should not be removed from public land because it is just a flag that the south had at that time. The flag doesn’t have any meaning other than that it came from the time in which the south was battling the north. So in all, forcing citizens to remove confederate symbols is an act of censorship and violates the peoples first amendment rights and gets rid of the history that we have of that time making it likely that it will happen again in the nation’s future.

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    Should the government require confederate symbols to be removed from public land? No, confederate symbols should not be removed because it violates a …

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  • Josh from Illinois

    The U.S. Government should not be allowed to make laws prohibiting the Confederate Flag or any other confederate symbol from the U.S. This is barring our freedom of speech, and is blocking people’s beliefs. The confederate flag is known by many as a symbol of slavery, or rebellion. These are both bad things to represent, but many people could also believe it represents freedom (from people who won’t let you practice slavery). I am not saying either of these connotations are right or not, but these are people’s beliefs, and they have a right to be heard. There was a woman in South Carolina that climbed a flagpole and took down the confederate flag hanging there. This is also a representation of freedom of speech, but there were other faults with this. She was removing the flag, which was blocking other people’s freedom of speech. The U.S. Government that put the constitution in place should not be allowed to make a law that directly prohibits parts of the constitution. This Law, or order, would remove freedom of speech from many people in our nation, and that shouldnt’ be allowed.

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    The U.S. Government should not be allowed to make laws prohibiting the Confederate Flag or any other confederate symbol from the U.S. This is barring …

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  • Dan from Kentucky

    One of the things guaranteed by the Bill of Rights (the first amendment) is the freedom of speech. Whether that is literal speech or symbolic speech, it is the right of all Americans. Just as the bill of rights allows flag burning as symbolic speech, the Confederate flag should also be allowed.

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  • Nathan from Kentucky

    The confederate flag has more meaning that extends past the civil war. It does not represent racism anymore. The confederate flag is a part of our American history and should not be silenced because it makes some people uncomfortable.

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    The confederate flag has more meaning that extends past the civil war. It does not represent racism anymore. The confederate flag is a part of our A…

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  • Matthew from Texas

    These are historical memorials that represent the southern US which is still US men who fought for what they thought best for our country all these men were American soldiers and deserve the respect we give all soldiers

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    These are historical memorials that represent the southern US which is still US men who fought for what they thought best for our country all these me…

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  • Jared from Michigan

    It reminds us of what we were like in the past and we can still learn from the Civil War.

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  • Trace from Louisiana

    I choose no because it’s the southern history and why should we take down our history in the south all they are doing is just standing there to show some great people of the past.the confederate battle flag is not wrong.

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    I choose no because it’s the southern history and why should we take down our history in the south all they are doing is just standing there to show s…

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  • Megan from Virginia

    I think that we should not destroy the statues and artifacts from the Civil War. Because people should know about this stuff because it is our history. And if people do not know about the history of a topic that person will tend to repeat the past history. that is why we need to keep the history in the U.S. Even though people what to get rid of the history in our life we will never know about it if it is destroyed. so we should keep it.

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    I think that we should not destroy the statues and artifacts from the Civil War. Because people should know about this stuff because it is our history…

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  • Joshua from Nevada

    Requiring the U.S. Government to remove Robert E. Lee’s confederate flag from public property is an act of censorship, it not only infringes on the 1st amendment but it is also a piece of history. While that history is not the best history it is still a moment that we could learn from.

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    Requiring the U.S. Government to remove Robert E. Lee’s confederate flag from public property is an act of censorship, it not only infringes on the 1s…

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  • Nicolaus from Nebraska

    Its a part of American history which, unlike many were taught, was not about slavery and many men died so we have the right tofly this flag.

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  • Sawyer from Ohio

    There’s one reason I believe no flag should be banned. Free speech and freedom of expression is a very important part of our society, and should not be infringed upon at all.

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  • Justin from Florida

    The confederate flag is a battle flag the flag was made so both sidesdidnt kill their own men even if the uniforms werediffrent

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  • Dominick from Kansas

    It’s not racist it’s a symbol of history, a low point in our country.

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  • Matthew from Missouri

    It shouldn’t be removed it has history and that history is important

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  • Brian from Colorado

    It is history. And if people love to complain about free speech then we can fly the flag as free speech

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  • Sarah from Colorado

    The confederate flag represents state rights and freedom of expression.

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  • Garrett from Michigan

    The confederate symbols should not be removed because they represent what we were. We should be moving forward by recognizing our past and moving forward rather than try to hide the past and act like it never happened. If people are allowed to raise a Nazi flag and have no repercussions then why should someone who waves a Confederate flag be punished. However, if you were to use Confederate symbols to be oppressive to others, then the symbols should be limited, but not taken away in their entirety.

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    The confederate symbols should not be removed because they represent what we were. We should be moving forward by recognizing our past and moving forw…

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  • Julian from Michigan

    Confederate symbols aren’t being used by most people as symbols of hate.I agree some are using them to express their dislike for other races, but its such a small amount of people. Punishing everyone just because of a few people is going to encourage hate. Why worry about the confederate symbols when most people aren’t trying to express hate through these symbols.

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    Confederate symbols aren’t being used by most people as symbols of hate.I agree some are using them to express their dislike for other races, but its …

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  • Austen from Michigan

    The flag is a historic symbol in American history. People may argue that it has a racist past and is a hate symbol and shows sign of being racist towards African Americans. Historically speaking, it is not racist, it was used during the civil war as a battle flag and as a flag to recognize the Confederate States of America. Some, not all, but some use it as a symbol of racism and hatred, but that is not the true meaning behind the Confederate symbols. The flag should not be removed from PUBLIC property, if it is on private property, than that is a different story due to it being someones private property. All in all, the flag should not be removed from public property.

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    The flag is a historic symbol in American history. People may argue that it has a racist past and is a hate symbol and shows sign of being racist tow…

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  • Joshua from Michigan

    I would say no they shouldnt have to. each individual city or township should vote which flags to fly at elections

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  • John from Michigan

    Their are two sides of the Confederate flag, the slavery side and the historic side. Although slavery is all kinds of wrong, the Confederate flag is going to be part of our nations history if you like it or not.

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    Their are two sides of the Confederate flag, the slavery side and the historic side. Although slavery is all kinds of wrong, the Confederate flag is g…

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  • Jay from Michigan

    it’s all good to have the flag it’s free speech and it is and should be protected under the constitution

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  • Paul from Maryland

    This is an important part of history, this tells why the United States is the way it is. The confederates weren’t even fighting for slaves at first

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  • Donna from Oklahoma

    The confederate flag offers a piece of American history that cannot be ignored. To ignore history will allow history to repeat itself. The good and bad parts of the flag are evident, which is why American history is a standard to be taught in U.S. schools.

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    The confederate flag offers a piece of American history that cannot be ignored. To ignore history will allow history to repeat itself. The good and ba…

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  • Rosario from Massachusetts

    History is written by the victor. The US has done enough to spread lies and slander the Confederacy and its true cause. If they attempt to suppress our right to support it, we know they are only trying to cover up their corruption and tyranny.

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    History is written by the victor. The US has done enough to spread lies and slander the Confederacy and its true cause. If they attempt to suppress ou…

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  • Joseph from Florida

    The Confederate flag is a historical aspect of America, showing the pride many Southerners once had. We can display it due to the First Amendment. Banning it would be censorship. As an Asian American, I say that the Confederate Flag should always be allowed

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    The Confederate flag is a historical aspect of America, showing the pride many Southerners once had. We can display it due to the First Amendment. Ban…

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  • Daniel from New Mexico

    Removing them won’t remove the problem. Let them stay, let kids wonder why there is a controversy in the first place. Make the flags an object lesson.

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  • Logan from Kentucky

    If you think that the confederate flag resembles racism and Slavery and should be taken away then so should the American flag because it was flown over slavery long before the confederate flag was

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    If you think that the confederate flag resembles racism and Slavery and should be taken away then so should the American flag because it was flown ove…

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  • Jaron from New York

    Freedom of expression, the right to support our heritage and to let it be known as a symbol that we will always stand for what we believe is right.

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  • Patrick from New Jersey

    It should not be removed from monuments that relate to the Civil War. The flag was not designed to represent hate, it was used to represent a country. If they would remove it would be destroying history.

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    It should not be removed from monuments that relate to the Civil War. The flag was not designed to represent hate, it was used to represent a country….

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  • Brennan from Tennessee

    It is apart of our heritage and history of Americ. The confederate flag doesn’t support slavery for most people. It is a sign of heritage and where they come from.

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  • Evelynn from Virginia

    I think that they should not take down the statues because its all history and culture. The civil war wasn’t even about slavery so the statues have nothing to do with supporting slavery. History is very important because you could repeat it if you forget it. We shouldn’t take down the statues because its a very big part of America’s history.

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    I think that they should not take down the statues because its all history and culture. The civil war wasn’t even about slavery so the statues have n…

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  • lauren from Kentucky

    we should not remove the confederate land marks because they are part of our history, even if it was bad. it should stand as a reminder to all of us how not to act towards our fellow humans no matter what race, color, or denomination they are.

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    we should not remove the confederate land marks because they are part of our history, even if it was bad. it should stand as a reminder to all of us h…

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  • Kiki from Virginia

    The confederate flag represents part of American history, while you may not think it means something to someone, it might. The confederate flag is part of our history. Why take it down when people support it? People are intitled to their own opinions and can support what THEY want.

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    The confederate flag represents part of American history, while you may not think it means something to someone, it might. The confederate flag is par…

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  • Hanna from Tennessee

    The Flag represents more then just hate and slavery, its heritage and our past. The confederate flag represents, everything the civil war was about. IT represents the enjustice that Slavery caused many people. Its a major part of american histroy. The Government has no right to say what flags can be flown and what cant. If they let the KKK have events, then the Confederate flag has the right to be flown.

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    The Flag represents more then just hate and slavery, its heritage and our past. The confederate flag represents, everything the civil war was about. I…

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  • Kolton from Tennessee

    There really isn’t racism here. It was just the symbol of southern pride in america during the civil war. The south is always bundled with slavery ,but its not a symbol of that.

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  • Lynae from Wisconsin

    The Confederate Flag has, is, and always will be a part of American history. There are three types of people when it comes to the confederate flag: People who find a reason to complain, people who support the flag, and people who just don’t care. The flag isn’t hurting anybody, let it fly with every other flag.

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    The Confederate Flag has, is, and always will be a part of American history. There are three types of people when it comes to the confederate flag: Pe…

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  • Gracie from Virginia

    If we tear down these monument and statues from the confederacy how would we learn the history behind them? I don’t think we should because if we did that would be like tearing down statues of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, or even Martin Luther King Jr. So if you think it’s right to tear the symbols down just imagine throwing or history down the drain.

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    If we tear down these monument and statues from the confederacy how would we learn the history behind them? I don’t think we should because if we did …

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  • Justin from New Mexico

    No, confederate symbols should not be taken down because they are apart of our history, and we need to learn from our mistakes/ past.

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  • Russell from California

    Banning the Confederate flag would violate the first amendment to the Bill of Rights by abridging one’s freedom of expression.

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  • Braden from Virginia

    Your basically just taking away history once it’s gone it’s gone. Our we just pretending the civil war never even happend, your taking away history the only thing we have to just predict the past.

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    Your basically just taking away history once it’s gone it’s gone. Our we just pretending the civil war never even happend, your taking away history th…

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  • Lev from Virginia

    Because history is sacred it’s like for example taking George Washingington and remove him from all history that ever exists like that’s really just hurting history and destroying its sacred and ancient marks and information.

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    Because history is sacred it’s like for example taking George Washingington and remove him from all history that ever exists like that’s really just h…

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  • Daniel from Virginia

    NO we should not get rid of these symbols it does not matter if they were confederate men they are still people of america and they fought in the war o it is not fair to get rid of them and so many people died in the war union men and confederate men some of the symbols may be dedicated to those very people who died in the war and many peoples ancestors fought in the war and we need to respect them and there honer as solders who fought in the war and we need to realize that they were Americans and in america all men are created equal who ever you are and everybody is important and everybody deserves to be remembered no matter who you are and what you may have done

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    NO we should not get rid of these symbols it does not matter if they were confederate men they are still people of america and they fought in the war …

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  • Janie from Georgia

    History is both a wonderful and a dreadful thing. History preserves that which we are most proud of, and that which we wish to most closely hide. The Confederate memorials and icons that define their cause are not always used to represent hate crimes, they are present to remind of what we lost and what we can gain. The Confederate cause was rooted in controversy, but it cannot be denied that they fought, died, and suffered for what they believed to be right just as any other memorial depicts. Removing these symbols of history will cause the conflict over what they represent to die down but, by eradicating the historical remains of major moments in this country we leave ourselves vulnerable to similar circumstances occurring again. To embrace an answer we must open our thoughts to accepting what happened, and taking note of the suffering that plagued both sides of the conflict before we remove an argumentative voice.

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  • Branden from Virginia

    no, because the confederate flag is a part of our history and there is no present without the past

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  • Natalie from Virginia

    There is nothing wrong with displaying the confederate flag. It is a part of history. There are flags everywhere. Just because this one has to do with slavery people think it is offensive. I do not think they should take down confederate flags or statues. They are a part of history.

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    There is nothing wrong with displaying the confederate flag. It is a part of history. There are flags everywhere. Just because this one has to do with…

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  • Merrick from Illinois

    I personally think it’s dumb that people still fly the Confederate flag 150 years after the war ended, especially when that flag will, right or wrong, always be connected with slavery and oppression. However, in my opinion is equally foolish to say that just because I think flying the Confederate flag is dumb or am offended by it, it needs to be banned. Flying the Confederate flag falls under freedom of speech, given to all citizens by the Constitution. We don’t have to like or agree with everyone’s choice on expressing themselves, but as long as it’s backed by the Constitution that holds our country together, we should respect it.

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    I personally think it’s dumb that people still fly the Confederate flag 150 years after the war ended, especially when that flag will, right or wrong,…

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  • Jacob from New Hampshire

    The First Amendment states Freedom of Speech and Expression and unless we are going to start ignoring the Bill of Rights and everything it stands for, we shall not question its intensions on keeping our countries the land of the free.

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    • Christopher from Virginia

      You have a strong point. According to the Bill of Rights first amendment, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petitition the Government for a redress of grievances.” I agree

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      You have a strong point. According to the Bill of Rights first amendment, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or proh…

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  • Christopher from Virginia

    The Civil War has had the most casualties totaling 620,000 casualties. Many Southerners honor their ancestors for fighting this bloody, painful war. If they don’t honor them, what was those ancestor’s purpose? The American Government is absolutely wrong banning them. In America “All men are created equal”, so the Union deaths are already honored, but what about the Confederacy? We honor the Union with statues, our American flags, and many more, so why can’t the people with ancestors who fought and died honor their side?

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    • Daniel from Virginia

      I strongly agree if you have ancestors you would always want to protect there honer also your right all men are created equal not just the people who fought for the union or people who fought from the confederacy because we are all created equal

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      I strongly agree if you have ancestors you would always want to protect there honer also your right all men are created equal not just the people who …

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  • Alecia from New Hampshire

    While I say no I believe the Confederate Flag is a symbol of our history, good and bad in peoples opinions. An also a learning point, that if the opportunity presented itself again what would be the best course of action. The Flag represents key moments in our timeline where lives had been lost and mistakes were made, which is really the purpose of any landmark. To better suit the future generations decisions.To not follow the same path as history, but make new ones.

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    While I say no I believe the Confederate Flag is a symbol of our history, good and bad in peoples opinions. An also a learning point, that if the oppo…

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  • Logan from Nebraska

    I do not think that the government should choose what symbols can and can not be shown. Many people in the south see the Confederate flag as a symbol of their pride and culture. The flag does not represent slavery. Not all of the slave owners did the fighting in the Civil War; it was more of the farmers and backwoods people. When their state that they lived in decided to fight, they decided to fight as well. They also decided to fight because they believed that the rights of the states were being run over be the United States Government. Because the flag is a symbol of a divided country, that is now united, it should be allowed to be fly in the south.

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    I do not think that the government should choose what symbols can and can not be shown. Many people in the south see the Confederate flag as a symbol …

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  • Maddy from Virginia

    I think that by removing Confederate monuments and symbols, we are slowly removing the pieces of our past that could possible make us seem imperfect. The Civil War is part of our history, and we can’t change the actions of those before us, no matter how hard we try to. Moving these monuments to places that not everyone can get to is pretty much like putting police tape around an event so the public can’t get in on it. Think about the Boston Massacre. No one knows who fired first, the colonies or Britain, but maybe we did at one time, but someone didn’t like it, so they removed all traces of it. Is that what we really want to happen? Hiding our history hides peoples mistakes, so we can’t know if we’re repeating history or not. It also hides people’s successes, so some don’t get the thanks they deserve. People say the South was all bad just because they owned slaves. The thing is, how could they have known it was wrong? That was the thing during that time period. They didn’t know it was wrong. We look at them through our eyes, and we know it’s wrong, so how can we possibly have a fair say in whether they were good people or not?

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  • Mackenzie from Texas

    While yes, many views of the Confederacy were wrong, the flags are still extremely important to America’s history. If you take away the Confederate flag, you take away a vital piece of American history. Whether you agreed with the Confederate views or not, it is still apart of your history. Many people want the thought of racism, sexism, inequality, and slavery to be erased from history and from their personal history, but in all honesty, without all of that, what kind of history would we have? Because you cannot have the good without the bad. Many people of the South still consider the Confederacy a major part of their own history. How can you just take away a part of someone’s history? Many people say the Confederate flag speaks for racism and inequality, but if you look around at modern day America, racism and equality is still alive even AFTER the Civil War. Confederate flags should still fly along with the American flag. Both are important to our history.

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    While yes, many views of the Confederacy were wrong, the flags are still extremely important to America’s history. If you take away the Confederate fl…

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  • Ethan from Nebraska

    I don’t think that the government should require private places and memorials to take down the confederate flag but in court houses it should be taken down.

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  • Bill from Georgia

    If “We, the People” really want to remove Flags that flew over Slavery, we’d have a hard time raising the Stars & Stripes, right? Many a Slaver hoisted that Banner off the African coast back in the day. My personal opinion is that the Confederate Battle Flag should be retired since Southerners furled it when they quit fighting what they considered their Good Fight. Use the Stars & Bars instead, which represented the Government after 1st Manassas. The First Amendment is much more important than any current political discourse on feelings, IMVHO.

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    If “We, the People” really want to remove Flags that flew over Slavery, we’d have a hard time raising the Stars & Stripes, right? Many a Slaver ho…

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    • Alyssa from Nebraska

      In response to Susan,
      As you have said, we should be concerned about the Confederate symbols, but as I see it, we should be focusing on more important things. We should focus on the terrorist attacks, and the wars at stake. Not our past and what has already happened. It’s in the past and we need to accept that. We need to look at our future and determine where we want to go. We need to move on from our past, and while the debate is in the present, we need to put it in the past.

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      In response to Susan,
      As you have said, we should be concerned about the Confederate symbols, but as I see it, we should be focusing on more importan…

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    • Susan from Louisiana

      Slavery has been around since the Dawn of Mankind and is still with us today. Particularly in Africa & the Middle East. The main thing that should matter to American citizens today is whether or not what the Federal Government does erodes or cements our rights under the Constitution.

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      Slavery has been around since the Dawn of Mankind and is still with us today. Particularly in Africa & the Middle East. The main thing that should…

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  • Rachel from Tennessee

    Confederate flags were a part of the culture and the history of certain states. We shouldn’t be banning or removing a cultural symbol.

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  • Kayla from Nebraska

    We can’t ignore what America used to be like, it’s not like we need to parade the confederate flag around but it is a part of our history.

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  • Zackery from Vermont

    The Government should not choose what symbols can and cannot be shown, as it is an infringement upon our First Amendment Rights. Many people south of the Mason-Dixon Line see the Confederate battle flag as a symbol of southern pride and culture. That and it is debatable as to weather or not the flag can even represent slavery. Slave holders did not do much fighting in the war, it was mostly backwoodsmen and farmers who answered the call to arms. They fought because their state had decided to fight. They fought because they believed the rights of the states were being trampled upon by the Federal Government. So being that the flag is a symbol of two different narratives, it should be allowed to fly, so that discussions like this can be continually discussed, in a civil manner of course.

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    The Government should not choose what symbols can and cannot be shown, as it is an infringement upon our First Amendment Rights. Many people south of …

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  • Joshua from Michigan

    The confederacy was a mistake. However, the Civil War was one of the most important event in our history as a nation. During those four years our founding principles were put to the test and citizens were force to consider what it meant for all men to be created equal. This is a question we must still consider today. The memory of the Civil War is important because it reminds us of this critical debate.

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    The confederacy was a mistake. However, the Civil War was one of the most important event in our history as a nation. During those four years our foun…

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  • Abram from Texas

    Just like this opinion poll the confederate symbol is protected by the 1st amendment of the U.S. Constitution which states “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech”. Even if the government wanted to ban the confederate symbol from public lands they have to go through a long and hard process which is explained in Article V of the Constitution in which it states “Whenever two-thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two-thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments… ratified by the Legislatures of three-fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress”. Also, the confederate symbol is associated with the CSA which they had succeeded from the Union because their state rights (which is protected by the 10th amendment) was being violated. So requiring the removal of a symbol of state rights from public lands is a violation of the 1st amendment. So in my personal opinion, I believe that no the government shouldn’t require the removal of confederate symbols from public lands.

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    Just like this opinion poll the confederate symbol is protected by the 1st amendment of the U.S. Constitution which states “Congress shall make no law…

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    • Siegen from Texas

      This isn’t a free speech issue. Nobody here is seriously arguing against the removal of private displays. The issue here is the federal government can and should prevent Confederate displays on lands owned by itself or State/local governments to assure there is no implicit endorsement of an enemy of state. This is a legal course of action that would only require a standard legislation passed by Congress. Of course, there would be debate on it, but ultimately this action would likely be upheld by the Supreme Court, as there IS a precedent for a types of speech abridgment that DO NOT affect the individual.

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      This isn’t a free speech issue. Nobody here is seriously arguing against the removal of private displays. The issue here is the federal government can…

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    • Adrian from New Hampshire

      Yes accept the freedom of speech right is limited by certain restrictions such as fighting words, which is represented by the Confederate flag
      If you click the link you’ll see the list of acceptions based on Supreme Court rulings
      http://www.newseuminstitute.org/about/faq/which-types-of-speech-are-not-protected-by-the-first-amendment/

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      Yes accept the freedom of speech right is limited by certain restrictions such as fighting words, which is represented by the Confederate flag
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  • Rayden from Utah

    because do you whant bad things to happen like they happened in Oklahoma City in how the Federal building was bombed. Do you remember that?

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  • paisley from Maine

    If they remove the Confederates in burning history taking history of America away.

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  • William from Utah

    The conferate symbols are symbols of our nations history. You can’t take something away from other people who care about that symbol if they care about it deeply. This is not a personal experience but simply a representation of my thoughts.

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  • emma from Utah

    the reson that we should keep stastus and flags up is good to remeber that navtive amicans are free because of this war. it is a tourist achation.

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    • Adrian from New Hampshire

      Native Americans weren’t free because of this flag, no one was. The war in which this flag was used ended up freeing slaves, who were typically African American, and the flag was on the opposing team in the south which fought to keep them as property

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      Native Americans weren’t free because of this flag, no one was. The war in which this flag was used ended up freeing slaves, who were typically Africa…

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  • Kien from Utah

    I can understand why the people say that the flag and other symbols should be taken down and I understand that, but some symbols like statues should not be taken down as monuments of great battles and leaders should not be taken down as they are symbols of our history. Some I really am on the Neutral side, but I lean more to the government and states should decide together to take or leave.

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    I can understand why the people say that the flag and other symbols should be taken down and I understand that, but some symbols like statues should n…

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  • travis from Utah

    yes they stae

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  • Daijuana from Mississippi

    The Confederate symbols represent a past in American History. The symbols also remind people of the difficult times and the hardships. If the symbols are removed, then people of the next generation will continue the viscous cycle of racism and inequality. Also the symbols represent determination of the country. So we as a nation should keep the symbols and work together to end discrimination.

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  • Kiersten from Tennessee

    In America we have the right to freedom of expression and speech. If it the choice of someone to flaunt the Confederate flag we should not have the right to take that away as it violates the constitution. The only time it could be taken away is if it starts violence, and it is the choice of the people to get violent, not the flag.

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    In America we have the right to freedom of expression and speech. If it the choice of someone to flaunt the Confederate flag we should not have the ri…

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  • James from Mississippi

    I believe that the confederate flag should not be removed from public land because it is protected by our first amendment right for freedom of speech. It is also a part of our history and we need to always keep our history in mind.

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  • Hudson from Virginia

    In my opinion, we should not take down the statues. These statues have historical backgrounds. why don’t we take down a statue of george washington or benjamin franklin? Some kids crave history, so why take it away from them? I myself love history and hope that the history of our nation, in its early years and later years, stays as it is.

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    In my opinion, we should not take down the statues. These statues have historical backgrounds. why don’t we take down a statue of george washington or…

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  • Kaleb from Mississippi

    No, the government should not require the removal of confederate statues. These statues are pieces of history that highlight what life was like when they were created. If we remove them and tear them down, it would be the equivalent of deleting them from the textbooks and pretending that they never existed and/or happened. If we don’t learn from our mistakes and pretend that we didn’t make a mistake, history is bound to repeat itself.

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    No, the government should not require the removal of confederate statues. These statues are pieces of history that highlight what life was like when t…

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  • Jonathan from Nebraska

    There’s nothing wrong with displaying the confederate flag. If people are allowed to hang flags from where ever they come from then we should be able to hang the confederate flag. It’s their history and it’s their ancestry, if we ban the use of this flag, then we should ban any other flag that isn’t the american flag because it’s based on the same logic.

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    • Kyteisha from Maryland

      the difference is these flags of people’s homeland is on private property, not public property that’s saying the government supports the message behind the confederate flag. The confederate flag is honestly triggering.

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  • Denis from North Carolina

    Free Speech is a wonderful thing. I mean, it’s one of the most famous things that the Constitution and the U.S. is known for. Americans reserve the right the express their opinion, even if unpopular, to the masses of the people known as the American population (think about Texas V. Johnson, where Johnson burnt an American flag but was protected by the Constitution, even though many people were distraught by what actions he committed). Thus, the removal of a Confederate flag from a public land (even if it’s not private land) is undermining the core principle of free speech. I don’t see in the Constitution where it says that public areas have limitations of free speech and expression. Moreover, the Confederate symbol is not a sign of slavery, hate, or racism. It is a sign of heritage and cultural differences that ideologically separate the quote-en-quote “Deep South” from something like the Middle states or the New England states. For example, California often flies their state flag, which has a bear on it, to represent the state’s heritage and founding reasons (because of revolt against Mexico), and I don’t see anyone causing outcry since the flag is being flown on public land and is a “provocative symbol” towards the Mexican people. Also, complete removal of the Confederate flag is very hard to do, as that would cause many states to officially change their entire state flag (If you look at Mississippi’s state flag, it very closely resembles a Confederate flag). The day the government censors what you can put on public and private land is the day that free speech can be considered dead. It is in the best interests of the People to not allow censorship of anything, no matter how much it is opposed by mainstream politics, in order to preserve our core, fundamental principle of free speech.

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    • Chase from Pennsylvania

      Could not have been written any better I completely support you!

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    • Denis from North Carolina

      Miles, the southern states DID NOT secede only because of slavery. While a factor of secession, the real reason for secession is to protect state’s rights. At the time of the Civil War, the southern states felt that the government should be more limited and not force upon states do forcibly do this/that. The confederate flag does not represent slavery by itself, but rather a struggle for state’s powers.

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    • Miles from Texas

      This isn’t an argument about free speech. It’s an arguement about whether the federal government should display the confederate flag. Whether the flag is historical or not, the flag still represents a racist nation. The southern states made clear, crystal clear, that they were seceding from the union to protect the institution of slavery. If the government flys the confederate flag, its supporting a culture that saw white superiority over blacks as a must have.

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  • Kate from Pennsylvania

    The government is exercising more power than they should have. The confederate flag is a flag from our history as a nation. most of the guys fighting on the south’s side didn’t even own slaves. The flag was meant to represent the South in the civil war, not racism. The civil war was mostly fought over freedom. The north was trying to control the south and they didn’t like that, so there was war. Not “oh I have slaves and you’re trying to take them from me so i’m going to fight you” No. Most of the guys that fought on the side of the South didn’t care about slavery staying because they weren’t involved. It was a matter of freedom. They became states under the contract of the constitution which was meant to give the states a stronger government than a central government but that was disappearing and becoming a large central government. Also, on amazon someone can easily buy a nazi flag, which is the pinnacle of discrimination against a group of people, while you can’t buy a confederate flag or a confederate uniform because it’s “racist” The fact that this is even an argument is absolutely ridiculous. this should not be within the jurisdiction of the government at all.

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  • Parker from Virginia

    There are 3 key points as to why the FEDERAL government should not, and cannot, require the removal of Confederate symbols from public land.

    Firstly, such land, not including federal land and memorials which already do not fly the Confederate Flag, is not legally owned by the Federal government; it is own by the several states or by locality governments. In such locations, the Federal government has no authority over the land itself, so it has authority over what symbols or flags are shown there. This is clearly enumerated in the 10th amendment: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” No clause in Articles 1-4 even remotely acknowledge the Federal Government’s power to control every aspect of a state or local government’s land.

    Secondly, even if the Federal government did move so far as to secure control of the lands through eminent domain, as constitutionally legalized by the fifth amendment “….nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation”, and “remove” all of the Confederate symbols from public land, individual states could still choose to fly the flag elsewhere, such as on their state capital building like South Carolina did until 2015. How can states like SC do this? The first amendment protects the right of speech from unlawful restriction, including the right to fly a flag: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…” States, as principalities of the United States, too have liberties secured by the Bill of Rights. And even if citizens do view the Confederate flag as racist, their state still could fly it, if it so chose. The state of SC, or the county of Arlington, Texas, could fly the polar bear or Coca-Cola flag if they truly desired to do so.

    Thirdly, such an order would be a blatant disregard for American Federalism, and lead to an open door for the slippery slope of the POSSIBILITY that the Federal Government might one day regulate numerous uses and practices on state government-owned public land, much like the Federal Bureaucracy already regulates the private sector. This would not only be dangerous for the public interest, it would be frighteningly unconstitutional.

    So regardless of one’s personal point of view on the Dixie Battle-flag, don’t demand an order from the top decrying its existence; pressure one’s individual state for the flag’s removal.

    As former Libertarian Presidential candidate Austin Peterson stated: “I stand up for [civil rights] everyday. But you cannot fight bigotry with brash regulation. You must let it die out of its own accord.”

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  • Seth from Indiana

    No, currently, and legally, the federal government cannot require that confederate symbols be removed from public lands.

    Firstly, I believe that it is incredibly important to differentiate between the “rights” (powers) of states and the rights of citizens. Citizens are entitled to the protections of the First Amendment (as it has been incorporated against the states in Supreme Court cases such as Gitlow v. New York, 1925). States, however, are not entitled to the protections of the First Amendment as states are not citizens; they are states. Although the Supreme Court held in Texas v. Johnson, 1989, that citizens (emphasis on citizens) are permitted to desecrate flags, this extension of freedom of expression does not extend to the states themselves as entities.

    Currently, this matter of whether confederate symbols are to be flown on public lands is left to the states. The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, states: “[t]he powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Article 6 Paragraph 2 of the Constitution states: “The Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof…shall be the supreme Law of the Land…” Therefore, because there are no federal statutes or constitutional provisions regulating the exhibition of confederate symbols on public lands, states are within their legal authority to prohibit, or allow, such exhibitions. For example, the Assembly of California passed Assembly Bill No. 2444 in 2014. Section 1, subsection (a) of this bill states: “The State of California may not…display the Battle Flag of the Confederacy…or any similar image, or tangible personal property, inscribed with such an image unless the image appears in a book, digital medium, or state museum that serves an educational or historical purpose.” Extending the logic behind the bill, it seems to be that the Assembly’s argument is that confederate symbols (specifically the confederate flag) are “obscene” or “offensive”. Chief Justice Warren Burger’s majority opinion, in Miller v. California, 1973, contended that “state statutes designed to regulate obscene materials must be carefully limited.” Miller v. California allowed the Court to create the three prong test for obscenity to help constitute when something is truly “obscene”. This test requires that all three of the following criteria be true: (1) whether the average person, applying contemporary “community standards” would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest, (2) whether the work depicts or describes, in an offensive way, sexual conduct as specifically defined by applicable state law; and (3) whether the work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value. Applying the Miller test, confederate symbols, such as the confederate flag, do not satisfy any of these criteria. Confederate symbols do not “appeal to the prurient interest,” do not “depict or describe, in an offensive way, sexual conduct,” and do not “lack serious…political…value.” Therefore, if California’s Assembly Bill No. 2444 were to be challenged in federal court and found to be prohibitive to a citizen’s ability to display confederate symbols, for the purposes of freedom of speech and/or freedom of expression, it may be found to be unconstitutional on the grounds that it does not satisfy all three conditions of the Miller test.

    To digress: I believe that we could look to Justice Richard Bosson’s concurring opinion in the New Mexico Supreme Court case of Elaine Photography LLC v. Willock for a possible solution that does not involve the federal government. Justice Bosson’s concurrence states: “[C]ompromise is part of the glue that holds us together as a nation, the tolerance that lubricates the varied moving parts of us as a people. That sense of respect we owe others, whether or not we believe as they do, illuminates this country, setting it apart from the discord that afflicts much of the rest of the world.” Digressions aside: although, I strongly believe that, constitutionally, states are at liberty to determine whether or not they will fly confederate symbols on public lands, I do, also, think it is of paramount importance that states that choose to fly these symbols realize that they may have a multiplicity of meanings. To one person, the confederate symbols in question may represent a prideful heritage, whereas to another person, these symbols may represent oppression and decades of struggle.

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  • Thendral from New Jersey

    Despite the Confederate Flag’s label as hate speech, hate speech is free speech. Banning the Confederate Flag is the government’s restriction on free speech, thereby restricting the right to hate. If the right to hate was restricted by law, then the lines would be blurred. When does anger turn to hate? How do we judge what is hate speech and who is hating?
    If hate speech was restricted, we’d all be guilty.

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  • Jazz from Washington

    Although the confederate flag can be considered to take a stance on racism, this flag being displayed in a public area does not necessarily mean this. Yes, it could mean this for some individuals, and they might display the confederate flag on their private property, but on public land these confederate flags represent a time that should not be forgotten.

    The following quote comes from Warner Brothers Studios: “While the following [cartoons do] not represent the Warner Bros. view of today’s society, these cartoons are being presented as they were originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as claiming this prejudices never existed.” Even though it is in regards to cartoons made around the time of World War II, I believe the message still applies. These symbols are displayed not to promote racism, but rather to remind Americans of a time that was divisive, hateful and should never be replicated.

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  • Ryan from Texas

    As far as public land goes, this is not a constitutional issue. We should still be concerned, however, because, like it or not, the South has the Confederacy as part of its history. Those in favor of taking down these monuments want to remove any connection to the Confederacy from anywhere.
    Once all monuments to the Confederacy are removed from public land, what will prevent them from going after private property? This could quickly become a constitutional issue as it expands to attempts to quash support of the Confederacy in both public and private life. Any display of Confederate symbols is now perceived as racist, setting up a dangerous precedent.
    Perhaps the biggest concern that arises from this is the assault on history that this creates. There are numerous examples of recent attempts to whitewash history in far greater ways than removing statues. College students across the country have come out against various founding fathers, most notably Thomas Jefferson, with accusations of racism. An assault on the truth of history will lead to a loss of the understanding of what America is meant to be.
    This is not a Constitutional issue now, but knowing that activists won’t stop until any promotion of the Confederacy is removed, we must ask ourselves​: when will they begin the assault on private property? Then we will face a constitutional issue.

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    • Siegen from Texas

      This IS a Constitutional issue, and it always has been. The removal of Confederate symbols (whether or not statues of specific people can be called symbols is a conversation for another day) can absolutely be enforced on public property (Supremacy Clause, and probably other things) without spilling over into private property matters. Removal of these symbols is not whitewashing, instead it is merely a reinforcement of national sovereignty. No argument is presented in your post- only fear mongering. Sure, any issue with government could become a slippery slope into an attack on individual rights, but you present no evidence that such an issue would arise with this controversy specifically.

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  • Aidan from Alaska

    The National government does not have the right or the jurisdiction to enforce any removal of the Confederate symbols, moreover any attempt to require states to remove these symbols does not fall within the powers allotted to the National government. The flying of the flag represents a basic right as a citizen, similar to the ability of citizens to burn the US flag, as established in the Texas v. Johnson supreme court case. This is due primarily to our first amendment rights as citizens, which denotes that “Congress (the government) shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Unless the flag is being actively used to incite violence or presents a clear and present danger, the federal, state, and local governments do not have the ability to restrict free speech, even if it is hate speech.

    Moreover, Justice Douglas wrote in Terminiello v. Chicago, “freedom of speech [is] protected against censorship or punishment… There is no room under our Constitution for a more restrictive view.” I agree, that the defense of freedom of expression is the utmost importance including “opinions we loathe,” however, we must always be careful of the dangerous precedent set by opinions “fraught with death.” Brandenburg v. Ohio exemplifies this by restricting speech that would be according to Justice Douglass, “directed at inciting or producing imminent lawless action” but maintaining the legitimate use of hate speech.”

    While the Confederate symbols do represent a clear connection to slavery and persistent racism, it represents a belief of many US citizens, therefore societally, we as the people should make the decision on a local by local government decision, rather than a broad and overreaching federal mandate to remove the Confederate flag. While this does inherently normalize hate speech, any restriction of the freedom of speech, sets in motion the ability for the censorship of all free speech if that power is delegated to the national government to enforce. For when we give the national government the ability to dictate what constitutes as free speech, this is the first step toward tyranny and a despotic rule by our federal government.

    Furthermore, time, place, and manner still do apply to this circumstance. Therefore a case can be made that by flying the flag in public places, does condone such racist ideals, therefore in this specific instance the local government has the ability to remove such flags. This is not stating that it is the federal government that has the ability it is only and should only, be up to the local governments to decide wether or not to leave the flags up.

    The argument that the Confederate symbols do not contain any racist ideals misses a key point, its that the memorials and symbols condoned and inherently supported the institution of slavery. Such monuments are a living representation of a culture which allowed the abuse and violation of basic human rights for black citizens. However, as stated earlier this is still a protected right, the freedom of expression cannot be restricted, unless it is under the limitation as described earlier, it is the basic constitutional right and should not be infringed upon by the US federal, state or local government.

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    • Aidan from Alaska

      To clarify, even if the flag is viewed as hate speech, the federal government does not have the ability to restrict or prohibit it based on personal feelings, any action infringing upon the first amendment rights of all citizens caring or putting faith in Confederate memorials and symbols

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  • Kaleb from Texas

    The First amendment gives us the right to express ourselves. The confederate flag and memorials are symbols of our history and we have the right to memorialize and express that history. These memorials aren’t about racism, hate, and white supremacy, rather they are about remembering those who fought bravely for their statesmen and their land. These memorials commemorate the men of valor who paid the ultimate price to protect themselves and their family. The government has no right to take away our freedom to honor our grandparents and relatives who paid the ultimate price for their family and friends just because some have shamefully cast shadows on this essential part of our history as a nation.

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  • Anthony from Illinois

    The first amendment states that each individual is entitled to freedom of speech. This flag is a symbolic representation of this right. The only thing about the flag that is seen is the actual design itself. The design is merely an assortment of shapes and colors, all of which are open to meaning interpretation. This same idea goes for the actual symbolism of the flag. The history of it exists in the past and each person has a different interpretation for what it actually means. While this flag was used during a time of division, it didn’t do the actual dividing. The interpretation itself is merely imaginary and cannot be taken so seriously to be banned from the nation. Going beyond that once more, this flag is merely a symbolic representation of speech, whether for or against a cause, it is protected by the first amendment. As the saying goes, “There are bigger fish to fry.”

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  • Evan from Missouri

    The reason for my vote is this. You cannot identify whether or not the confederate flag is representing slavery and/or racism. The confederate states of America were not purely founded on the thought of slavery, although that was a major part of it. It is very similar to the arguments today presented by rural community. The government in Washington does not have the right to dictate my way of life. They wanted more power for the states (One of them being slavery), but also how the states earned money. Such as signing agreements for trade outside of federal rules to benefit the state, not necessarily the country. The is also the argument of personal rights. What is beneficial to my people in my area is not beneficial to all people in all areas. For instance if I come from a low income community that is barely balancing a budget and we get a government mandate that says our school has to put in a program to teach kids with special needs at an early age. We can all agree that it is a good idea and will be good. Sadly, that poor community does not have the funds or the means to implement it. This is the same style of argument the Confederate States made. Unlike the North at the time, they did not have much industry. One of the main reasons they lost the war, and thus had to rely on agriculture. Agriculture was almost all man-powered compared to the automation of the industry as it is today. Thus they needed to slaves to preserve the southern economy. This is one of the main reasons after the war that the south was in an economic depression up until the 1890’s and the Gilded Age. So my main argument is this, we cannot simply say the flag represents racism and is therefore bad, but it actually represents a constitutional right of state sovereignty . Hence the 10th amendment. That is my historical analysis of the flag and my constitutional basis of why it should not be banned.

    A secondary argument can be made within the realm of the first amendment. Just as flag burning is protected underneath this amendment as a form of demonstrative speech. This could also be a way of showing ill support of US policy. Now I understand that most people who use this flag are doing so for the purpose of being a true country boy or whatever rural slang you wish to assign to my fellow members of rural society. There is an argument that can stand true with this. If I put up a flag, the flag that represents the very essence of rebellion against what was thought to be an overpowering federal government, then I represent the idea that I am not in favor of the government. If I can raise a flag to the Taliban, Nazism, IS, Communism, and any other cause deemed now and/or in the past as evil, oppressive, and totalitarianism without regard to personal freedom, then why can I not put a flag to symbolize my severe displeasure or pure hatred of government policy. My flag of choice my be the Confederate Flag, and therefore it is legitimate in representing my opposition. I understand there are better ways to voice my concern, but I have the freedom to express my ideas in a non lethal way. I am not causing physical harm to anyone with this flag, therefore I am not violating the essence of law. There are hate crimes and freedom of speech does not protect language that incites violence or threat. To counter this, we must understand all that the flag represents, which is what my historical analysis was about. My constitutional argument resides within the 10th with historical background and whether or not the federal government has the say to remove that right, and the 1st to justify its use. I rest my case.

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  • Ivanna from Arizona

    However dark and shameful that era may have been, these flags and other symbols should stay up to serve as a reminder of how blinded we were and how far we’ve come since then. They are part of our history, and we shouldn’t try to erase it. Instead we should look back at it and say, “We’ll do better this time around.”

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  • Sasha from Alabama

    I do NOT believe that the Confederate flags should be taken down from public land because it’s just a flag. It stands for the South telling the North that it can’t tell them what to do. It does NOT stand for racism or slavery. Its about heritage and showing others that you can’t tell them what is right or wrong. Yes, slavery and racism is wrong, but that’s not what the flag stands for. People might have used it to symbolize what they were doing, but it was not intended for being used as a racist tool.

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  • Mark from California

    The Confederate symbols are the right people have under the constitution in the 1st amendment. Just as the people have the right to burn the american flag as their right of symbolic speech which was granted in 2005 by the Johnson vs Texas court same do the southerners have their right to fly the flag they choice, as long as it doesn’t strike out a danger. Also by the 14th amendment gives equal protection to all citizens so if one burn the other fly their flags.

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  • Owen from Arizona

    Several Supreme Court cases deal with something similar to this question. The Cases ruling always have erred towards free speech. Flying the confederate flag is interpreted as free speech. Some would say that flying the Confederate flag(though most often, the flag of a Tennessee regiment is raised, shown above) is offencive. My argument is: get over it(stated respectfully). Not a single person can live without getting offended. Instead of making a big deal over it, respect others opinions. That is it. I am not saying that opinions should be changed, but rather that everyone should be entitled to any statement of their beliefs. If that means raising the confederate flag, so be it(as long as laws are obeyed)

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  • Nicolas from Kentucky

    If the government forces citizens to remove symbols of any kind that can lead to the government taking away our rights. Numerous people in the south look at the confederate flag, which in truth the confederate flag most people see today is actually a battle flag, and see heritage. Our heritage is part of history and more importantly it is part of us. If the government forces people to remove the confederate flag, that is removing part of history. Are we going to stop teaching the civil war. Are people going to be punished for telling stories of how older, now dead relative fought in civil war? By removing the confederate flag, that is removing history, it is similar to removing the 9/11 memorial, or the holocaust museum. By taking away history you are also dooming future generations to repeat history. As George Santayana said, “Those who can not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” America split apart once and then reunited after millions of American casualties,do we want that to happen again? Then why do we remove the symbols of past hatred? We should continuously remind children of previous mistakes so they do not make them as well.

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