Confederate Symbolism Research Paper

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Confederate Symbols—the subject of the white supremacists rally in Charlottesville, VA, and a counter protest in Durham, NC—should be banned in the United States. Many people argue that banning Confederate symbols would be considered a violation of the First Amendment; however, the author refutes this claim by saying that Confederate monuments are not a form of free speech and thus is not protected by the First Amendment. On why the Confederate symbols are very disturbing, the author says, “the racist ideologies behind [the Confederate flags] still pervade and control American society today, and the very existence of the flags and statutes is a slap in the face to all the progress American claims to have made where race is concerned.” This

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