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The Confederate flag that now flies atop the statehouse of South Carolina has been a controversial issue for over 30 years Raised in 1962 to commemorate the Civil Wars 100th anniversary it is the only Confederate flag to wave atop any state capitol in the country and its presence has stirred quite a commotion Last March a group that wants the South to secede from the United States staged a Confederate flag-waving rally in Montgomery Alabama Hundreds of people signed petitions demanding that the state follow South Carolinas example and return the Confederate flag to the state capitol In April a march against the flags presence was led by Charleston Mayor Riley Six hundred flag opponents marched to the statehouse to have the flag taken down The NAACP has staged a national boycott of tourism in South Carolina which is supposed to last until the flag is removedThe issue of whether the flag belongs at the South Carolina state capitol has been distorted by many people This simple matter has been transformed into a freedom of expression controversy which it certainly isnt This is an issue of appropriateness Were the subject not so manipulated it would be very obvious that the flag belongs in a museum or a Civil War memorial and not waving at any State Capitol On Michelles first morning at a college dormitory she discovered a fellow student had hung a Confederate flag on his window which was directly across from hers As an African American descended from slaves Michelle was extremely offended by the sight She considered it symbolic of slavery and the oppression of her ancestors She took up the issue with the college administration and asked for the flag to be taken down Administration refused citing the students freedom of expression as support for this decision Frustrated Michelle bought and hung a swastika flag outside her own window The college promptly asked both students to take their flags down
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