Just yesterday, a history major on a college campus was arrested for mingling her blood with red paint and defacing the Confederate monument, “Silent Sam,” with the mixture. Clearly, those who respected history were outraged and this fury is leading to quite a resistance, as WCHL Chapel Boro News has confirmed.
President Donald Trump was, early in his presidency, harassed needlessly about the size of a flag flown on his property. This frivolous worry must be prevalent since “Orange County commissioners contemplate placing restrictions on the size of flags” in North Carolina, too. Basically, the board wants to control what people can do on their own land.
As this is happening, “a Confederate battle flag has been hoisted along a major thoroughfare,” a display some people found to be “offensive.”
On Highway 7o near Hillsborough, a group called “Alamance County Taking Back Alamance County” took pictures of the hoisted flag and posted them on their Facebook page.
In the last few weeks, the group has talked about raising such flags in a number of different places in Orange County. This led the Orange County Board of Commissioners to overstep their role and work towards mandating flag sizes and “poles placed on private property.”
Regardless of one’s views concerning the Rebel Flag, what a person does on their own property (if not dangerous to others) is a concern to no one, particularly government.
“Tyranny and over oppressive government elect want to limit a property owners rights to show pride and honor for his history and legacy,” a recent posting on the group’s site read.
“This flag has nothing to do with Southern culture or heritage – and frankly, Southern culture deserves better than it,” said Maya Little, the aforementioned lady with the blood protest.
“The flag, historically and today, serves to intimidate and threaten people of color, and to promote an ahistorical understanding of the Civil War, of Jim Crow, (and) of the last 150 years of our history, rather than to create real bonds within this community,” she added. Somehow, ripping flags from private land “builds bonds” in Little’s mind.
Adding to the controversy is the fact that “Boards of Education in Orange County and Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools” have banned the Confederate Flag from school grounds. Last March, Commissioner Renee Price said that the ban was a “move in the right direction.”
“I think that the public should understand…as we’ve heard from many of you who’ve had the courage to come up here and speak, that the Confederate flag is offensive,” defended Price. “As much as people try to say that it is their heritage, it is offensive to many people.”
Of course, the problem is that banning, removing, or limiting flag sizes when it comes to ‘Ol Dixie offends a lot of people, too. This truth is never addressed by those who wish to bring a so-called “unity” by limiting free speech.
The Orange County Human Relations Commission is going to host a “community conversation” on Monday regarding the matter of size permissions. It is “scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Whitted Building on Tryon Street in Hillsborough” and it can be all but assured that those who want to protect their basic liberties will be in attendance.
After all, at this point, it is about a lot more than the placement of a flag.