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NAACP Branch Readies for Confederate Flag Fight.......another expamle of freedom of speech only for those who believe a certain way?

Members of the Miami-Dade branch of the NAACP want the Confederate flag banned from the Homestead-Miami Motor Speedway, and they will meet Thursday to decide whether to boycott a NASCAR race slated there for November.

But here's the thing............NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston told FOXNews.com that NASCAR's "longstanding policy" prohibits displays of the Confederate flag on its cars, uniforms, licensed merchandise or in advertisements.

Confederate flag items are not sold or officially displayed throughout the 65,000-seat raceway, but there's no official ban on spectators bringing miniature flags to the track, or wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the symbol.

Should the NAACP be able to curb peoples freedom of speech? AND do think them boycotting this event will really make a difference?

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,522203,00.html?test=latestnews

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momof030404

Asked by momof030404 at 8:08 PM on May. 27, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • No it wont make a difference. The vast majority of those people who display that flag are not bigots or racist. They are proud of their heritage. To say that they cant wear/display that flag on their person or personal property is an infringement of their right to free speech and free expression.

    ** Just a FYI before anyone starts with the KKK crap...the KKK marched under the stars and stripes for FAR longer then they did the stars and bars. So if you hate the Confederate Flag for that reason, hate the American FLag as well***
    abbynzachsmommy

    Answer by abbynzachsmommy at 8:14 PM on May. 27, 2009

  • I was under the impression that the confederate flag also covered states rights.
    That is ridiculus. The American flag was used for racism not the confederate flag. In fact my husband and I will buy one and hang it in our front lawn.
    Glickstein

    Answer by Glickstein at 8:16 PM on May. 27, 2009

  • Confederate Flag being banned at NASCAR? That's like a....a...a...an oxymoron.

    I live in the south and see it all the time. Not usually around the most pleasant of people but this is America after all, and they have every right to wave it if they choose.
    JackalsWife

    Answer by JackalsWife at 8:20 PM on May. 27, 2009

  • that is bull crap
    Mrs.Owen86

    Answer by Mrs.Owen86 at 8:35 PM on May. 27, 2009

  • I guess freedom of speech and freedom of expression is only allowed if you are PC?

    BTW, who made the NAACP the PC police, judge, and jury.... ?
    mancosmomma

    Answer by mancosmomma at 8:38 PM on May. 27, 2009

  • They tried this with a local high school. They wanted the dixie outfitter shirts banned. The principal said that by banning those shirts b/c of the confederate flag displayed on them would be denying the students who wear them their right to be proud of their heritage. If he banned those then he'd have to ban other clothing that would be considered ethnic. Some parents kept going on and on and on about how kids who wear those shirts are racist but it was found that none of them had ever cause trouble in school and they didn't have complaints against them from other students.
    amyrw

    Answer by amyrw at 8:47 PM on May. 27, 2009

  • this is reverse racism....this is a free country?
    katie_s1

    Answer by katie_s1 at 9:25 PM on May. 27, 2009

  • It is not reverse racism. The reverse of racism is to be non-racist. This is just plain racism. Some of the people that display the stars and bars are ignorant racists, but others have respect for people regardless of the color of their skins and just want to display a symbol of their heritage. And before you get on your high horse about that heritage, remember only about 1% of southerners owned slaves--the rich plantation owners. The Civil War was about state's rights, of which the right to own slaves was only one of 73 different complaints against the northern aggressors.(Btw, I'm not a southerner, and watching NASCAR gives me hives, but I do respect our American rights to own and display a part of history.)

    pagan_mama

    Answer by pagan_mama at 9:49 PM on May. 27, 2009

  • That's ridiculous. *sigh* NAACP, it was started for good reasons now it's just a pain in the ass.
    LadyChamp

    Answer by LadyChamp at 10:13 PM on May. 27, 2009

  • Freedom of speech goes both ways. The NAACP wants to ban the Confederate flag, the Miami Motor Speedway doesn't want to ban it. The NAACP has the right to boycott the event, and the Speedway has the right not to care! : )
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 10:33 PM on May. 27, 2009

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