Many North Carolinian are members of the S.C.V., yet it is an international Heritage organization which, traces its origins back to the original United Confederate Veterans, a veteran organization of actual combabtants, government officials,and others involved in the "Cause." Rather than signifying racial issues, the Confederate Flag is an historical symbol that connects American with its own history. That history made the country what it is today--for better or worse. S.C.V. members value the participation of their ancestors in sacrificing "hearth and home" to ultimately help define the mulitifaceted culture that exists today. Finding one's place within it is an act of self-discovery, but that is not a political act any more than joining the local Y.M.C.A. or J.C.C. Preserving students' rights and involvement in that journey of self identification is what should be cherished by our educational institutions, rather than excluding anything that might be conflictual, or lead to an actual DISCUSSION of internal differences, which is what makes America unique. Lack of such a discussion is what defines other forms of government and education--and the world has seen enough of those.
Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
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