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
"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.
Ashley needs to get a
"Happy Birthday Robert E. Lee"
T-shirt in time for his birthday on Jan 19th.
You're kidding right? Do you even know the definition of "slave"?
Those grand colors don't always ask nicely where they can be planted!
I suppose the purse should be arrested for a possible hate crime.
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
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.
I assume you're talking about Watie.
The war between the states. :-)
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.