Despite of the Texas flag similarities to other flags, I am sure most Texans are proud of the state flag. Why? The meaning behind the Texas flag is what makes a Texan to be proud of its flag. The blue symbolizes loyalty, the red stands for bravery, and the white signifies purity; the star represents all of Texas and stands for our unity as one for God, State, and Country.
Introductory paragraph “The flag is one of the most recognizable symbol of the United States.” During the case of Johnson vs. Texas, I believe that Johnson was exercising his rights to free speech but I truly think that he should have done it somewhere else then a public square, someone could have gotten hurt by the flames of the burning flag, or Johnson could have gotten hurt because he was burning the flag around people who love the United States flag. I agree with the fact that Johnson was sentenced to 1 year in jail, he burned the Flag in Texas and in Texas they have a desecration law of violating the flag. From my own point of view, I think Johnson wasn’t exercising his rights to free speech but, he did it in the most absolutely
All this restated, “In 1984, in front of the Dallas City Hall, Gregory Lee Johnson burned an American flag as a means of protest against Reagan administration policies. Johnson was tried and convicted under a Texas law outlawing flag desecration” (Oyez). He disagreed and took the case to the State Court of Criminal
“…arguments that a flag that some see as a symbol of support for racism and white supremacy couldn’t remain on the capitol grounds after the Charleston massacre”(Jason Hanna and Ralph Ellis). The quote shows how others think the same. Others see the flag as a sign that the progress we have made is for nothing because others believe in racism and white supremacy. And I believe that it is unacceptable to show the flag that is wrong. It is more than just a piece of cloth it is a symbol of how we cannot agree on anything and there will always be people who are so
Arriving at the Dallas City Hall in 1984, demonstrator Gregory Lee Johnson doused the American flag with kerosene and set it ablaze (Texas v. Johnson). All through history, protestors have participated in many different actions to get their point across. The question stands: Have protestors gone too far by burning the flag? The flag is a national symbol, but by burning the flag a person is not harming the country in any way: therefore flag burning should not be illegal. Flag burning has been used to portray a protestor’s strong, negative feelings towards the American government.
During the late 1800’s, Dixiecrats, Southern Democrats that believed in secession and states’ rights, claimed that the banning of the flag was the equivalent to Totalitarianism because the tenth amendment was not being put into action. The tenth amendment was created to balance power between the federal government and states. The fact that these rights weren’t guaranteed like stated in the Constitutional Bill of Rights made the Dixiecrats angry. It seemed unfair. This proceeded to make the want for secession even stronger.
It is an expressed opinion that is protected by the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution. Johnson had full rights to burn the flag and say whatever he wanted about it or the government and it was his freedom to do so. Even though it is morally wrong and usually an unacceptable behavior, I believe that the Court did the right thing. They had to put aside personal beliefs and values and interpret the Constitution the way it was written even if it allows people to be a disgrace to the country itself.
Stop Burning the American Flag! Ronald Reagan once said, “When we honor our flag we honor what we stand for as a Nation - freedom, equality, justice, and hope.” The Texas v. Johnson case is a vast problem that seems to be overpowering in today’s society. Since the case began there have been flag burnings all over the country, and no one seems to be concerned since people are not getting disciplined. People should not be burning the flag that so many people fight and lost their lives for.
For the longest time it was considered illegal, but in the case of Texas. V. Johnson that changed. This case ruled that it was legal to burn the flag as long it was not bringing harm to others. In the political cartoon (document 2), there is a man burning the American Flag, which is legal. Behind him is another man burning a smaller version of the flag, which is on the first man's back pocket.
It is clear to see that flag burning causes tension, good tension as MLK would call it, that causes attention to be drawn to a topic and forces people to acknowledge the problem. Destroying the American flag is a powerful method of protest that says “This flag is useless because America is not what it is supposed to stand
Assuming that the flag has a deep history of racial injustice that exceed far beyond the Civil War. Adding that his motive is patriotism, the flag has been managed as a symbol of racism and radical inequality. While the Confederate flag is a prevailing and problematical symbol, one that should entirely be dismantled. Taking down the flag is only the first step. What we must do is knock down racism.
Pictures of the accused killer flooded television, social networks and newspapers. The displaying of the killer holding the confederate flag was displayed because of the killer’s hate for the black race. Nine people were killed in the shooting spree. The incident in my opinion was a demonic act because the killer sat and open fire while the congregation prayed. Sadly, only because of nine people dying because of racism, the flag was removed for several southern states.
The law in Texas at the time banned flag burnings. He was convicted, and the case was appealed to the Supreme Court. We ruled that Johnson’s right to free speech had been violated. He was expressing symbolic speech. We ruled that even though an opinion is unpopular, doesn’t mean we have the right to restrict his freedom of
The confederate flag is immediately recognizable in the back window of a pickup truck or portrayed on the t-shirt for Lynrd Skynrd and Credence Clearwater, but has come under stark criticism. The argument is a multi-faceted assault, by, both restricting first amendment rights of free speech, restricting a symbol of southern heritage, and a person ’s right not to feel threatened by an assumed racist epithet. It is a simple piece of fabric, the red and blue Southern Cross, which divides a nation much as it did 150 years ago when it symbolized the fight against oppressive laws. Many believe that the Confederate Flag is representative of the patriots who were willing to sacrifice their lives to protect the nation and individual rights the founding fathers envisioned, however today, liberals and minorities have made the claim, the confederate flag is racist rather than a simple symbol of southern pride.
The majority of the case argued it was protected by the First Amendment. In my opinion, even though it is protected under expressive conduct I feel it is wrong to take it out on a symbol of unity, the American Flag. Put aside the fact that people do it to get their point across but their