Our Opinion: Confederate flag calls for debate, not censorship

In a victory for free speech, the Confederate battle flag won’t be banished from public schools in North Carolina’s Orange County. Despite pressure from the Northern Orange County NAACP chapter and local students and parents, school board members on Monday declined to adopt a system-wide ban on the rebel flag. That wise and prudent decision startled some in this liberal enclave, which is home to Chapel Hill and the state’s flagship public university.

Key Takeaways:

  • Despite pressure from the Northern Orange County NAACP chapter and local students and parents, school board members in North Carolina’s Orange County declined to adopt a system-wide ban on the Confederate battle flag.
  • Teens and adults display the flag for a variety of reasons. Some consider it an homage to ancestors who fought in the Civil War.
  • Some people see the banner as an endorsement of slavery and a reminder of the gross injustice black citizens faced in the pre-war and antebellum South.

“In a victory for free speech, the Confederate battle flag won’t be banished from public schools in North Carolina’s Orange County.”

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