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    jonOct 8, 2011 at 1:16 am

    dont lose tradition!!!!!!!!! kep the f’n flag

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    Sam ObarMay 11, 2009 at 11:58 am

    These are typical responses to my argument, and they are what I was fully expecting to hear.

    First of all, whether or not the civil war was about freeing slaves is irrelevant. The fact is that the Confederate flag has been used as a hate symbol by so many people since the Civil War, and African Americans continue to feel throughout the nation that it stands for discrimination and racism.
    Additionally, the Rebels during the Civil War sought to divide our country. Although some will argue it was because they wanted more rights as states, one of the major “rights” they wanted was to give black people the lesser social status.
    Furthermore, the argument about the Founding Fathers is irrelevant. It has nothing to do with Rebels or the Confederacy, and the Founding Fathers had no association with either of those hateful items.
    The Rebel mascot does not unify people and students. In fact, it does just the opposite. The disagreement we are having right now is proof that it is divisive. The discussion going on at also shows it is a divisive issue. As I said in my editorial, a mascot is meant to unify, not divide. The Rebel mascot is offensive to some people, and for good reason. While not everybody agrees that it is offensive, if nothing else, it should be eliminated for no other reason than it creates conflict and divides the town.

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    The RebelMay 8, 2009 at 8:13 am

    A very well researched article Mr. Obar. However, there were some key omissions that make your argument fairly erroneous. First although Mr. Amaral said this, it should be noted that it was not just the South who did not recognize equality of all races. I believe it was the founding fathers themselves who passed the 3/5 compromise which said every black american was equal to 3/5 of a white man. Also while the South is noted for its slavery, they did not secede to defend slavery; they did so following in the footsteps of the founding fathers who wrote in the constitution, “that all men … are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights [and] That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government”. The Southerners were simply doing what they believe the Constitution and the actions of their predecessors entitled them to do.
    Also, although we tend to overlook this part of history, Lincoln himself as president tried to free the slaves because it would cripple the South’s economy, thus forcing them to return to the Union, not because he intended to free the slaves. In fact, Lincoln said, “I will say, then, that I am not, nor have ever been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races … I am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.” (taken from Also Lincoln is heralded for his issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, but upon closer look, the reader will realize that he only did this to hurt the South, allowing border states that supported the Union to keep their slaves. “All persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State … in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free”.
    So while much of what you said is true, there are certainly some key emissions, which make it clear that the Rebel is a strong mascot for Walpole, one which unifies the people and students, and embodies the true virtues and actions of our forefathers

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