Skip to comments.Civil war erupts over Confederate handbags
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
It was a joke. No such t-shirt exists, as far as I know.
But in the immortal words of the J. Geils Band -- First I look at the purse.
I wonder if the ACLU will take this case up.
Lee was a great general, a man of integrity, and man of character, a devote Christian, beloved by those who served under him, and the most one can say about his "political" leanings, he was a loyal Virginian. Frankly, I consider Lee to be a great American, period.
It must become forbidden to acknowledge the reality of our history. People must be forced to live a lie, and since people are naturally reluctant to live a lie, they naturally use their ears and eyes to look out and say, "Wait a minute. This isnt true. I can see it isnt true," the power of the state must be put behind the demand to live a lie. That is why ideology invariably creates a totalitarian state.
Second, the cultural Marxism of Political Correctness, like economic Marxism, has a single factor explanation of history. Economic Marxism says that all of history is determined by ownership of means of production. Cultural Marxism, or Political Correctness, says that all history is determined by power, by which groups defined in terms of race, sex, etc., have power over which other groups.
Third, just as in classical economic Marxism certain groups, i.e. workers and peasants, are a priori good, and other groups, i.e., the bourgeoisie and capital owners, are evil. In the cultural Marxism of Political Correctness certain groups are good feminist women, (only feminist women, non-feminist women are deemed not to exist) blacks, Hispanics, homosexuals. These groups are determined to be "victims," and therefore automatically good regardless of what any of them do. Similarly, white males are determined automatically to be evil, thereby becoming the equivalent of the bourgeoisie in economic Marxism.
Fourth, both economic and cultural Marxism rely on expropriation. When the classical Marxists, the communists, took over a country like Russia, they expropriated the bourgeoisie, they took away their property. Similarly, when the cultural Marxists take over a university campus, they expropriate through things like quotas for admissions. When a white student with superior qualifications is denied admittance to a college in favor of a black or Hispanic who isnt as well qualified, the white student is expropriated. And indeed, affirmative action, in our whole society today, is a system of expropriation. White owned companies dont get a contract because the contract is reserved for a company owned by, say, Hispanics or women. So expropriation is a principle tool for both forms of Marxism.
The Origins of Political Correctness
Watie turned up on a FR after the "recent unpleasantries"
Frankly, in 2006, those who sport the Confederate flag on their vehicles or clothing are usually greater Americans than those who take offense at such symbolism.
You must be an OCC fan
They all had an interest in freedom regardless of who offered it. Just as President Bush said last week, "All men desire to be free". You'd have to be a card carrying member of Al Queda to dispute that fact.
In that case, tell him.
And I'd agree.
Lincoln was not the hero he was painted to be, that's for sure. He didn't put a stop to slavery, either.
Hey why not? I just put on some popcorn, sit back and wait for the lunacy to take hold.
It beats cable news, that's for sure.
It's not nearly as racist as the name Planned Parenthood. Will they be banning all of their material too?
The Alumni Association should have protested, chanting "Badgers? We don't need no stinking Badgers!"
I wouldn't want these school adminstrators teaching my children about history, because they don't even know it themselves.
God bless them.
I was born, bred and live in NY. I am no fan of the confederate flag but this should definitely be protected speech.
Learn to fly, blaquebyrd. The truth is not pretty and not as simple as you would like for it to be.
Perceptions are everything.
Colonel Santos Benevides and his Texas Cavalry comes to easily to mind.
But, Texas is also stuck with Adrian Vidal and his Partisan Rangers. Vidal started out fighting for the Confederacy, switched sides, deserted again, and crossed over into Mexico to fight the revolution with Juan Cortina. He was eventually caught and executed by the Mexican Imperialists.
The Oklahoma Cherokees, now that I thank of it, also contributed a regiment to the Confederacy.
Yea..If people knew why the Battle Flag came into being ,,No Rebel Flag ever brought a slave into this country, Big deal over nothin'.
The Civil War lasted 5 years ending 1865. Yet we are apparently still fighting it 140 years later in 2006. It's American history folks. History should be preserved and studied, not fought or erased. JMHO.
"Ethnic Cleansing" would be a more appropriate name.
Just to jump in....Oh puhleese....slaves were bought and sold in the Americas...they were not taken from military conquest where a slave held no value....quite a few slaves had a decent life....the majority of slave owners made sure their slaves were healthy and stayed healthy....who would pay good money for a slave and then treat them like S*&T so you lost money on your investment....you must be watching to much TV or reading (taught) revisionists history....sometimes slave owners had to be cruel...after all...the slave was a monetary investment...and just so I can make a barb on the N.O. disaster...I'm pretty sure that 90% of the blacks that they showed on TV were not earning a paycheck...they were receiving a paycheck...but I seriously doubt earning a paycheck.....
Wanted to leave that one be...Picked my share of Cotton in my day,,,for free...
If this thread last much longer I'll be surprised.
Wow, you make it sound great. Kind of like Club Med....
I am, however, greatly offended by the Queer Rainbow flag and the Black Power red, green and black banner. As one who was a student at the University of Wisconsin from 1966-1970, I am also highly pissed at the Che T-shirts that are all the rage. I remember than butcher for what he was...a butcher.
I seem to remember some Germans doing that with an Indian good luck symbol, swastika or something like that.
Well, some folks still believe their ancestors were promised forty acres and a mule. Some of their descendants still want the land and the mule, plus interest.
Lots of silly stuff keeps the war simmering.
"The Real Lincoln is a biography of Abraham Lincoln written by Thomas DiLorenzo in 2002. The biography differs from traditional books about Lincoln in presenting a severely critical view of his presidency.
In discussing Lincoln's legacy, DiLorenzo presents evidence of civil liberties abuses such as the suspension of habeas corpus, violations of the first amendment, war crimes committed by generals in the American Civil War, and the expansion of government power.
DiLorenzo argues that Lincoln's views on race exhibited forms of bigotry that are commonly overlooked today (See Abraham Lincoln on slavery).
DiLorenzo also argues that Lincoln instigated the Civil War not over slavery but rather to centralize power and to enforce the strongly protectionist Morrill Tariff."
My great great great grandfather died for that flag. Right or wrong, it IS my heritage.
That's why they are burning in Hell now. Try as you might you'll never make me, a true American patriot, believe that slavery is a virtuous, respectful, saintly business. So please, continue to wave your Confederate flag and I'll wave mine, the American one.
Sorry, but when these girls say they didn't mean to cause trouble, they're either lying or really incredibly stupid.
This Yankee agrees with you...and I am willing to forgive the fact that he went to "Hudson High"!
The war between the states. :-)
The war of northern aggression. ;)
When are people --just gonna be--people again?
My God! Is this the aptitude of the school board too?In truth,they need a town meeting of parents up there, without this Principle,to decide whether he's mature enough to handle high school students.He could put this incident on his resume',along with All his other FEARS about what might happen,(he might never get another job-in the school system again-ever).For sure in the SOUTH!Not only did he call the students "racist" but the mother and Father as well.All that name calling is fist fighting talk to a Southern--this Principle must of been raised up somewhere else--God knows where?They need to get rid of that dude immediately! Fired and don't let the door hit you in the ass.
"Ashley Thomas said she is proud of her Southern heritage."
She certainly seems to enjoy lots of fried chicken.
"When I wore my General Sherman "I'm Marching To the Beach" T-shirt. I got dirty looks down south."
General Sherman was a terrorist no better than Osama Bin Laden
Don't start, or they will try to take down or change that flag, too. PC liberalism knows no bounds, and will not be stopped by sense of proportion, reason or common sense.
I think you've made the best and worst of the situation known.
I can only add that I think it's stupid to gum up the court system with this kind of malarky when there is still a very real worldwide problem with human trafficking. Lincoln didn't end slavery. He didn't even scratch the surface.
I disagree...others are way more PC sensitive than they should be.
Let's not allow the race pimps, today's racists, turn our good natured ribbing into open warfare again!
Yes, and some pretty creepy elements have spoken against the flag. The flag is inanimate. If someone says they respect it because they respect the people who fought under it, then it's not racist, regardless of what anyone in the insult industry thinks.