According to FOX News, two Long Island, New York high school students have been suspended from school for displaying a Confederate flag to a school sporting event.
Brother Gary Cregan, the principal at St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, told WCBS-TV the boys walked into the after-hours sporting event with the flag draped around their shoulders.
“The African-American students who immediately saw it really exercised heroic restraint and fortunately a teacher immediately confiscated the flag and took the students out of the gym,” Cregan said.
While everyone can agree that the Confederate flag may represent hate to many, the flag is also a symbol of heritage in the “Deep South.”
But what about free speech? Isn’t it the rights of these two men, as well as every other American, to express themselves however they please?
If the Confederate flag is considered so racist, and should be banned from being displayed in public, then how about banning the Nation of Islam flag, as well as the Black Panther flag?
Back in the 1900’s when the Confederate flag proudly flew throughout the southern United States, it wasn’t displayed to call attention the slavery of blacks that was occurring, but to represent those southern states.
There is a very big difference here between the Confederate flag and those flags from the Black Panther Party, Nation of Islam, and the KKK, which all convey outright hatred.