Typically, African-American students across the country are involved in speaking out against the display of the Confederate Flag, but at one South Carolina university, a young Black man sees the flag as a positive symbol and is speaking out in support of his own right to hang it proudly.
“When I look at this flag, I don’t see racism. I see respect, Southern pride,” 19-year-old Byron Thomas, an African-American student at the University of South Carolina Beaufort, told the Associated Press. “This flag was seen as a communication symbol” during the Civil War.
Thomas sparked a campus controversy when he decided to display a Confederate Flag in his dorm window, but was asked to remove it by university officials in late November after about two dozen students complained.
Although Thomas initially removed the flag, the school has since sent an email to students and staff stating that “the university cannot and will not prohibit these flags or other symbols that our students choose to display,” citing the First Amendment, which prohibits infringing upon freedom of speech. Now, Thomas says he is considering putting the flag back up.
“I’ve been getting a lot of support from people. My generation is interested in freedom of speech,” Thomas said.
Thomas claims that he knows the history behind the flag and why some are upset, but he says that after completing a recent research project on the matter, he has come to believe that the flag’s true meaning has been misconstrued and hopes his display will force people to think more about the conceptions they have about its meaning.
Heritage not hate.
tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a truck.
sitting on the toilet looking at tumblr on my phone.. look down at the floor, huge fucking bug comes walking into the bathroom. so i beat it to a pulp with my phone :)
I’m all damaged & effed up inside. I get that. But for once in my whole life can someone not give up on me?
baby, please come save me
LOL AT PSYCHO GIRLFRIENDS. my best friend kristin and i have known each other for six years.. i have known her brother for almost as long. he is like a big brother to me, he’s ten years older than me. when i was 17, i used to joke around about us getting married haha but like i said, he’s more of a brother than anything else.
this morning i wrote on his facebook that i miss his rude comments on my pictures and statuses and she wrote “well he doesn’t miss you! haha” and just kept going on haha so i texted him and he was like yeah, about that, idk what her deal is, sorry.
idk why people insist on making themselves look crazy..