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Civil war erupts over Confederate handbags
DFW ^ | January 6, 2006 | JIM DOUGLAS

Posted on 01/06/2006 12:05:39 PM PST by stainlessbanner

BURLESON — Two North Texas high school students who were kicked out of class for displaying rebel flags vow to take their fight to court. They said they are proud of their heritage, but Burleson High School education officials maintain the Confederate symbol is offensive.

Ashley Thomas remembered how it all started. "Principal comes up and says, 'You've got to get rid of your purse... it's racist."

Ashley and Aubrie McAllum both received purses patterened after the Confederate battle flag from their parents for Christmas. Both girls decided to take their presents to school.

"I don't have 'KKK' written on me or anything; it's just a purse," Aubrie said. "Doesn't have anything to do with what color you are."

The students were asked to leave their purses with the principal; they elected to leave school after calling their parents.

Ashley was sent home three times this week. "I'm at the point where I really don't know what to do," she said. "I want to keep going to school and get my education, but this is my life. I was born and raised in the South. Why is the flag so bad?"

Here's the answer, from Burleson ISD spokesman Richard Crummel: "It's a violation of the dress code," he said. "We don't want students to wear anything that might cause a disruption, and that symbol has done that in the past."

"Then that's a heritage violation on her, on me... on all of us," said Aubrie's father, Rick McAllum. "So we can push it."

McAllum belongs to the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Ashley's mom, Joni Thomas, is from New York. But the parents of both girls praised their daughters, and vowed to fight.

"I'm hiring a lawyer," Thomas said. "I'm going all the way with it, because I think it's wrong."

Burleson High School, with a 2,200 student enrollment, is about 90 percent white, 8 or 9 percent Hispanic. There are very few African Americans.

"We want to be sensitive to everyone; make it comfortable in school for all our students," Crummel said.

Both girls said they have never been in trouble and don't want trouble now.

But they don't want to back down, either.

School officials know controversy often follows the Confederate flag, and they will not let it in.

The girls as of Friday, decided to go back to school


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: confederate; dixie; handbags; heritage; heroines; history; ignorance; lawsuit; martyrs; tx; violation; wbts
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Ashley Thomas said she is proud of her Southern heritage.

1 posted on 01/06/2006 12:05:43 PM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: NerdDad; chesley; bourbon; LibertarianInExile; Nasty McPhilthy; injin; McCainMutiny; MacDorcha; ...

Dixie Ping 2006!


2 posted on 01/06/2006 12:06:53 PM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner
We don't want students to wear anything that might cause a disruption, and that symbol has done that in the past."

Oh, you mean like a "F*$# BUSH" t-shirt? Oh wait, that's free speech.

I don't care for public schools.
3 posted on 01/06/2006 12:07:15 PM PST by Termite_Commander (Warning: Cynical Right-winger Ahead)
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To: stainlessbanner

How is the Confederate flag anymore offensive than the Gay Pride flag symbol of sodomy? I'm a yankee, too.


4 posted on 01/06/2006 12:07:31 PM PST by Fierce Allegiance (Smoked a big cigar, drove a Cadillac car, said "Boss, I think this band's outta sight!")
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To: stainlessbanner
Burleson High School, with a 2,200 student enrollment, is about 90 percent white, 8 or 9 percent Hispanic.

Have the 8 or 9 percent Hispanic students complained about the racism of the Texas flag that flys in front of the school?

5 posted on 01/06/2006 12:08:00 PM PST by VRWCmember
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To: stainlessbanner

You go girl, don't let bigots erase your heritage.


6 posted on 01/06/2006 12:08:26 PM PST by ansel12
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To: stainlessbanner

Typical of the public schools these days.


7 posted on 01/06/2006 12:08:35 PM PST by AzaleaCity5691 (The enemy lies in the heart of Gadsden)
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To: yall

No complaints from students, faculty, etc.


8 posted on 01/06/2006 12:08:37 PM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner
School officials know controversy often follows the Confederate flag, and they will not let it in.

They let the controversy in when they decided to make a big deal out of the girls' purses.

9 posted on 01/06/2006 12:08:45 PM PST by VRWCmember
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To: stainlessbanner

As Jeff Foxworthy would say, 'she might be a redneck!'

I think Burleson High School education officials are offensive. Good for them for fighting the idiots.


10 posted on 01/06/2006 12:08:49 PM PST by GaltMeister (“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”)
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To: stainlessbanner

BUMP!


11 posted on 01/06/2006 12:09:07 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: stainlessbanner

Oh for pete's sake. Then they would have an issue with my Confederate lapel pin, too. And this is in Texas? What a shame.


12 posted on 01/06/2006 12:09:22 PM PST by voiceinthewind
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To: stainlessbanner

It's not suprising, is it? I went to Robert E. Lee High School and they finally made the symbols vanish. First, the Mad Rebel, then the Confederate flag.

If that's the way they felt about it, then they should have made a national ruling that none of the confederate presidents or generals names should be on any of the schools. Lee is no more and no less a symbol of the Confederacy than the flag. And Lincoln actually did the Blacks no favor when he 'freed' them so they could work in the northern industrial explosion! [early Liberal spin.]


13 posted on 01/06/2006 12:09:50 PM PST by Froufrou
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To: stainlessbanner

Maybe the school officials are just mad because my Richland Rebels kicked their butts in football (as did every other team in the district) for something like 15 years in a row back in the late 70's through the mid 90's.


14 posted on 01/06/2006 12:10:38 PM PST by VRWCmember
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To: VRWCmember

I went to college with a kid from somewhere in South Texas, I mean Deep South Texas, and basically, he said that alot of the Tejanos who are 2nd and 3rd generation, they're basically South Texas rednecks. Rebel flags and all.


15 posted on 01/06/2006 12:10:48 PM PST by AzaleaCity5691 (The enemy lies in the heart of Gadsden)
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To: VRWCmember

Or how the students with Commanche or Kiowa roots feel about the Texas and American flags outside the school. Jeez.


16 posted on 01/06/2006 12:11:51 PM PST by brothers4thID ("Kerry demands that Iraqis terrorize children in the dead of night")
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To: stainlessbanner

Stupid school official.

I want one of those purses!


17 posted on 01/06/2006 12:12:48 PM PST by swmobuffalo (the only good terrorist is a dead one)
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To: stainlessbanner

There was an elementary school in Longwood, FL that changed their mascot name not long ago.

Seems the original mascot was 'MinuteMen'. Then they got a new principal who decided that 'MinuteMen' was sexist so she renamed them the Badgers or some sort of godawful PC name.


18 posted on 01/06/2006 12:13:09 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (What? Me worry?)
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To: stainlessbanner

Well Ashley you can only be proud of your heritage if you hate America, and promise to bring the worst of some culture
to America. Like say Mexico. If you're American born and proud of America you're screwed, at least for now.


19 posted on 01/06/2006 12:16:57 PM PST by CAP811 (One man can change the world with a bullet in the right place)
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To: stainlessbanner

Oh great, did you need to introduce the civil war on FR on a friday afternoon?


20 posted on 01/06/2006 12:16:59 PM PST by dinoparty (In the beginning was the Word)
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To: AzaleaCity5691

"alot of the Tejanos who are 2nd and 3rd generation, they're basically South Texas rednecks. Rebel flags and all."

True in our extended family.


21 posted on 01/06/2006 12:17:11 PM PST by voiceinthewind
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To: stainlessbanner

Aw, Shucks!

If you click the google ads at the top of this webpage, you'll find all kinds of cool Confederate stuff!

22 posted on 01/06/2006 12:17:39 PM PST by shuckmaster (An oak tree is an acorns way of making more acorns)
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To: stainlessbanner

Doesn't matter. The PC liberals will feel "uncomfortable" for you.


23 posted on 01/06/2006 12:18:06 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Froufrou
"And Lincoln actually did the Blacks no favor when he 'freed' them so they could work in the northern industrial explosion!"

So you think the slaves would have rather continued to work for free vs earning a paycheck? You can't be that ignorant. Reasoning like that would make Saddam proud.

24 posted on 01/06/2006 12:18:18 PM PST by blaquebyrd
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To: stainlessbanner

90% of the group has to act a certain way as not to offend 10%???????


25 posted on 01/06/2006 12:19:18 PM PST by HOTTIEBOY (If the enemy is in shooting range, so are you.)
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To: stainlessbanner

I'm offended by her West Coast Choppers T-shirt ;-)


26 posted on 01/06/2006 12:19:21 PM PST by Minnesoootan
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To: stainlessbanner

Would you add me to your ping list? thanks.


27 posted on 01/06/2006 12:19:51 PM PST by groanup (Shred for Ian)
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To: stainlessbanner
As one whose ancestors suffered under 'Reconstruction' I find tne American flag offensive and a symbol of opression, but I don't ask people to take it down or not to display it.

I am sure there are people who find solid colors offensive for some reason.

Lighten up.

So9

28 posted on 01/06/2006 12:19:58 PM PST by Servant of the 9 (Trust Me)
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To: stainlessbanner

The school officials are idiotic for trying to ban the bags. However, you can't deny that the rebel flag has been taken over by some pretty creepy racist elements in the 20th century. Most people associate it with these elements, not with the civil war.


29 posted on 01/06/2006 12:20:04 PM PST by dinoparty (In the beginning was the Word)
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To: Termite_Commander

How 'bout the LV or D&B bags being a symbol of rich "in your face" oppression of the poor?...........


30 posted on 01/06/2006 12:20:07 PM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him)
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To: stainlessbanner
Burleson High School, with a 2,200 student enrollment, is about 90 percent white, 8 or 9 percent Hispanic.

Hispanics fought for the Confederacy. Oh and, so did Jews. Don't tell Abe Foxman, he'll have a heart attack.

31 posted on 01/06/2006 12:20:39 PM PST by Alouette (Neocon Zionist Media Operative)
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To: stainlessbanner

"I'm hiring a lawyer," Thomas said. "I'm going all the way with it, because I think it's wrong."

You GO, Girl!


32 posted on 01/06/2006 12:21:54 PM PST by ryan71
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To: Fierce Allegiance

What about the black, red and green flag? It's a black power flag and some people see that as racist.


33 posted on 01/06/2006 12:22:31 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: VeniVidiVici
Then they got a new principal who decided that 'MinuteMen' was sexist

Didn't have to replace the 'MinuteMen'.

Just put an earring in his ear and he's cool.

34 posted on 01/06/2006 12:22:32 PM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: Alouette

bttt

The folks who are "offended" by the battle flag are mostly ignorant.


35 posted on 01/06/2006 12:23:47 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: blaquebyrd

So you think the slaves would have rather continued to work for free vs earning a paycheck.

Nobody ever worked for free,then again you might be right...Minimum Wage is about as free as you can get.


36 posted on 01/06/2006 12:24:10 PM PST by silentreignofheroes
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To: Alouette

He will hold his ears so he can avoid the truth..


37 posted on 01/06/2006 12:25:31 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: stainlessbanner

The civil war is so yesterday.

All the idiots who lost the dumbest war in history are DEAD!


38 posted on 01/06/2006 12:25:34 PM PST by tkathy (Ban the headscarf (http://bloodlesslinchpinsofislamicterrorism.blogspot.com))
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To: Alouette

So did The Cherokee Nation,The last Southern General to lay down his sword was a Cherokee .


39 posted on 01/06/2006 12:27:00 PM PST by silentreignofheroes
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To: stainlessbanner

When I wore my General Sherman "I'm Marching To the Beach" T-shirt. I got dirty looks down south.


40 posted on 01/06/2006 12:27:42 PM PST by durasell (!)
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To: blaquebyrd

"So you think the slaves would have rather continued to work for free vs earning a paycheck? You can't be that ignorant. Reasoning like that would make Saddam proud."

Go back and study up on carpetbaggers. Plenty of former slaves had no interest in the 'freedom' Lincoln offered. You must remember that the parties have switched platforms since then!

I will go back and source this again for you and send it via p.m. And no, I am not ignorant. I'm an AKA alum, thank you.


41 posted on 01/06/2006 12:27:55 PM PST by Froufrou
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To: stainlessbanner

Ashley needs to get a

"Happy Birthday Robert E. Lee"

T-shirt in time for his birthday on Jan 19th.


42 posted on 01/06/2006 12:28:34 PM PST by mrmargaritaville
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To: silentreignofheros
"Nobody ever worked for free..."

You're kidding right? Do you even know the definition of "slave"?

43 posted on 01/06/2006 12:28:45 PM PST by blaquebyrd
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To: stainlessbanner

Those grand colors don't always ask nicely where they can be planted!


44 posted on 01/06/2006 12:28:46 PM PST by LK44-40
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To: stainlessbanner
'You've got to get rid of your purse... it's racist."

I suppose the purse should be arrested for a possible hate crime.

45 posted on 01/06/2006 12:29:27 PM PST by My2Cents (Dead people voting is the closest the Democrats come to believing in eternal life.)
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To: stainlessbanner

Tacky - Yes

Evil - No

Lettem keep their silly purses. They aren't hurting anyone. Besides, they'll have a new one in a week, anyway. :P


46 posted on 01/06/2006 12:29:34 PM PST by Constantine XIII
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To: Alouette
This one's for you, Alouette: A Lost Cause, but an Honorable One
47 posted on 01/06/2006 12:30:00 PM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: durasell

You're lucky you didn't get the hell out of you, don't mean that as an insult, just saying, down here, people take geneology seriously, especially in the older cities. To say something like that is akin to insulting someones family, cause in fact, by going after their heritage, you are.


48 posted on 01/06/2006 12:30:29 PM PST by AzaleaCity5691 (The enemy lies in the heart of Gadsden)
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To: silentreignofheros

I assume you're talking about Watie.


49 posted on 01/06/2006 12:31:30 PM PST by AzaleaCity5691 (The enemy lies in the heart of Gadsden)
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To: dinoparty
civil war

The war between the states. :-)

50 posted on 01/06/2006 12:32:28 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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