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Free State student says flying Confederate flag not meant to be racist; others weigh in as petitions to ban it circulate

Douglas County was a Union area of Delaware, Shawnee, and European settlement during the US Civil War. The flag in question has no historical business in this area other than to provoke or offend.
From 1975 to 1981 I lived in Jonesville, Moss Bluff, and Shreveport, LA. I have ancestors both Union and Confederate. I don't claim the Southern cause because it was wrong. I saw the Klan in Ocean Springs, MS as a child.This flag is a reminder of a suppressive and violent era in the South and parts of southeast Kansas where African American, Jewish, Catholic, and Native American people were harrassed. The Klan went after Choctaw people in Mississippi in 1964 and Lumbee people in North Carolina. The Lumbee men routed the Klan in the late 1950's. In Germany the Nazi flag is illegal so they use the flag in question here. Southern states didn't adopt the Confederate flag until the early 1960's as a reflexive reaction to civil rights. The long held heritage claim is laughable. This is a flag of historical intimidation. To say otherwise is historical ignorance.

February 5, 2016 at 12:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Saturday Column: Is political correctness squelching free speech in U.S.?

Illogical conservatives making comparisons to excrement while whining over not being to make offensive comments....priceless and yet so intelligent?

December 15, 2015 at 10:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU continues discrimination investigation into professor who used n-word in class; she was not scheduled to teach spring classes

Same old patronizing tone. If a person or people are tired of people saying or doing things as they please and not acknowledging the improper or offensive nature of their comments or actions blame those who bring obliviousness to their attention. I saw this attitude a lot in the Old South. I guess KU Film Professor Kevin Wilmott was right. This must be the Confederate States of America. In 2015 no less.

December 15, 2015 at 7:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU continues discrimination investigation into professor who used n-word in class; she was not scheduled to teach spring classes

Thanks for reversing things. My extended family was affected by Katrina so I don't hold W in high esteem. Furthermore I've seen someone fired for using the N word. They were oblivious to why they were fired. They didn't understand the fuss. I wish for people to be respecting of others.

December 15, 2015 at 3:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU continues discrimination investigation into professor who used n-word in class; she was not scheduled to teach spring classes

I've listened to rap since the Sugar Hill Gang in 1979. If the N word would've never been derived from the Spanish language and used by the Portuguese and Spanish explorers and subsequent colonial slave trade in the Americas as a way of negatively controlling and defining African people from many countries negatively would African American people have any reason to use the word to reclaim it from colonists? My wife's ancestors were from Ghana and I see them as Ghanian instead of African American because colonialism didn't erase this person's identity.

December 15, 2015 at 2:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU continues discrimination investigation into professor who used n-word in class; she was not scheduled to teach spring classes

Mr. Hobbs where do you stand on the nationalits/fascist comments of George Wallace's "America, Love it or leave it", or George W. Bush's, "You're either with us or against us" said in order to silence criticism of racism or the Iraq War? You can't have it both ways. Is stopping the use of slurs a bad thing? This instructor wanted proof of racism without slurs. My Kiowa friend went back to Klamath Falls, Oregon. No one would pump his gas there because he was Indian. There was anger there over Indian water and timber rights with the Klamath Tribe. You had to have someone pump your gas by law there. No one would. Racism occurs without slurs.

December 15, 2015 at 1:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU continues discrimination investigation into professor who used n-word in class; she was not scheduled to teach spring classes

My father and our family were moved three times in six years by churches who were more about fear and racist values than theology. I empathize. I know of a KU doctorate holder currently on welfare. This country doesn't value intelligence. People watch what they say. I remember the fear advocates of civil rights had in the South when I was young. I guess those who ignore the issue can always change the subject right?

December 15, 2015 at 9:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU continues discrimination investigation into professor who used n-word in class; she was not scheduled to teach spring classes

The point all of you are missing is that one cannot just throw this word around in a classroom. I'm mixed White and Choctaw. I remember attending a Black majority grade school in Shreveport, LA in the late 1970's. This word was used in my childhood to make minority people know their place..This professor has not been catcalled with war whoops at a Baker University basketball event or profiled by police with my wife witnessing it twice and testifying in court against the officers that did it in a nearby Kansas county. You have priviledge.You don't look behind and know headlights on makes of cars.You don't have to. I have no record. I still have to. Did you know what these students have experienced? Flashpoint words don't have to be used to discuss race.People are more covert and subtle and are surprised when they're busted. I see this surprise a lot. Forty years ago my parents taught me never to use the word in question. In Louisiana and Mississippi it was used frequently around me. Put yourself in your students shoes. Too many armchair Archie Bunkers don't admit racial issues. Mike Ditka defended the Redskins word and had no idea what he was talking about. People with a sense of privilege and paternalism hardly ever put themselves in other people's shoes. Why should they? They're privileged. Therein lies the problem.

December 15, 2015 at 1:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Saturday Column: Is political correctness squelching free speech in U.S.?

The term political correctness is the greatest example of White privilege. Not having to be civil and polite towards minorities and using this silly term to hide behind if one is unintelligent enough to make comments to draw the lowest common denominator of society devoid of intelligence and facts. If I refer to Trump supporters as Archie Bunkers who are allergic to intelligence, common sense and decency is that okay? Can I state that English and Spanish are immigrant languages and Cherokee, Choctaw, Lakota, and Dine' were already here and that Christianity came here on a boat and that people act bad in spite of it? Just wondering?

December 12, 2015 at 2:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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