Ban Racist Confederate Flag

confederate-flag-by-jason-lander

Target: President Barack Obama

Goal: Ban the Confederate flag on a national level.

There’s a heated debate currently about whether or not it’s appropriate to fly the Confederate flag, which flies outside government buildings in many southern states and is even incorporated into some of the South’s state flags. It begs the question why anyone would be proud to fly a symbol that once stood to divide our “one nation, under God” with the hopes that those states could still operate by enslaving fellow human beings.

Leaders of the Confederate movement were essentially traitors of their own country, sparking a civil war over one of the most, if not the most, horrific times in American history: slavery. Some are quick to reference the flag to the likes of the Nazi flag, and the similarities are not too far off. Both are symbols of hate, something which was fought against on the basis of human morality.

It must be painstaking to live in those areas that proudly fly the flag that once stood to keep them enslaved and bar them from any rights as a human being. A stark reminder of a history so many claim they weren’t a part of and would like to forget, yet they allow this daily reminder to fly free for the public to see.

Now is a critical time for the handling of systematic racism in the country, where there is an opportunity to make a real and positive difference. Banning the hateful Confederate flag, an unnecessary reminder of a disgusting past, is one of the first steps. Urge President Obama to ban the Confederate flag across the country.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Obama,

There’s a heated debate currently about whether or not it’s appropriate to fly the Confederate flag. Leaders of the Confederate movement were essentially traitors of their own country who went to war so that they could continue to enslave fellow human beings.

It must be painstaking to live in those areas that proudly fly the flag that once stood to keep black people enslaved and bar them from any rights as a human being. Now is a critical time for the handling of systematic racism in the country, where there is an opportunity to make a real and positive difference. I urge you to ban the Confederate flag across the country.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Jason Lander

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2 Comments

  1. To do so would be a violation of the separation of powers clause, the citizens right to freedom of expression, not to mention a massive overreach of the executive branch. Finally it would be hypocritical since they have not banned the Nazi flag, the ISIS flag, the flag of Britain(they sold the Irish and Scots into slavery), the Greeks(ancient times). Italy(Rome had tons of slaves). most of the middle east, China, etc. To do so would be nothing more than a morally false pretense to seize power and take away our constitutional rights.

  2. I’m a victim of gun violence & harrassment via The SCV & a biker hate group that waves the Conf flag! Learn the truth about hate mongers: SPLCenter.org/scv/racism/intelligence/report & ADL.org/bigots Thank you for posting your well-written petition! Frank

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