I think that there is a huge difference between the two issues. The Confederate flag, like it or loath it, is a symbol by and for Americans. What it means has changed among some groups but all those groups are still American.
The Mexican flag has nothing to do with Americans aside from some ceremonial duties when we are meeting with Mexican officials for some reason.
When people march behind the Mexican flag in American streets they are sending a very clear message and that message is not 'Happy Birthday".
Yes, I am familiar with all the historical significance of the Confederate battle flag but I am willing to bet that around here 90% of the people are using it as a racial statement. Many of the flag stickers have remarks on them - not very nice ones.
When the schools integrated here, a private school was formed and their mascot is the Rebel, their teams are the Rebels, their colours are red and blue and the Confederate flag is on everything.
Our public school has uniforms. We have no problem with flags, malcolm X insignia, Nazi signs. I love it.
I'm certainly offended by the illegal invasion, but not because they wave flags. It's just because they're here illegally. Basically, both groups are using their flags to attract attention for their own purposes, and I don't particularly care for either of those purposes.
on edit: What, exactly is on these "racist" bumper stickers. I live in the heart of Dixie and see tags, shirts, and Bumper Stickers. Haven't seen one yet that is racist, unless it's that whole flag thing.
Last edited by Rebel Yell; 06-11-2008 at 12:27 PM.
I asked my daughter what people meant around here when they used Confederate flag stickers, was it historical or racist. She laughed and said they are the racist kids, it is a warning to the black kids.
I have seen
If I had known, I'd have picked my own cotton
Wake Up White People
All with the stars and bars (those are ones I can think of off hand)
Some military installations do not allow the flag or flag stickers on cars.
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