The Dylann Roof shooting rampage has engendered much discussion of the Confederate flag. I consider that flag to be the symbol of an odious cause: The Confederacy was, in many ways, the first attempt at a fascist state. But a ban
is not the answer. It would be better to change hearts without changing the law.
A Detroit Free Press writer suggests a more effective course of action: Burning the stars-and-bars
. Just as the First Amendment gives racists have a right to display this symbol of oppression, anti-racists have a right to express themselves with a match. If the local fire department raises safety concerns, consider urinating on the flag, or displaying contempt in some similar fashion.
We can make our point without involving the government.