An always interesting blog on the intersections of education and political activism.
This post a nice starting point, with strong links, for those who want to consider this issue seriously.
I just want to emphasize this quote from the conclusion of the Bryan Bibb post:
“Symbols do not have fixed meanings, but their uses are powerful. The call to take down the Confederate flag is based on the pervasive use of the flag throughout history to support racist policies. And the act of taking it down itself would be a pretty powerful symbol, don’t you think?”
Documentarian Ken Burns—noted for his work on the Civil War—explains that the shift in attitudes concerning the Confederate battle flag across the South and the U.S. parallels another watershed moment in the nation, support for gay marriage (I would add the legalization of marijuana is another similar shift).
Many are rightfully concerned that the massacre of the #Charleston9 is being reduced if not trivialized by the political rush to remove the battle flag from state grounds, license plates, and flags, just as some believe the flag debate allows political leaders and the public once again to avoid a real discussion and then action on gun control.
Let us, then, embrace the flag debate as not a symbolic moment, but a symbolic movement—lowering and removing are actions—that both works with and builds on the momentum of those political and public shifts.
Removing the Confederate…
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