Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 23:04:02 -0500

From: "Jeutonne P. Brewer" jpbrewer[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HAMLET.UNCG.EDU

Subject: Re: redneck, nigger, good ole boy, kicker, etc.

In response to these comments

In these

contexts, the non-rednecks or non-fans-of-the-Confederacy are a

captive membership.

This issue is not "political correctness", whatever that means this

month, but tyranny of the majority.

Duane Campbell wrote:

Would the exclusion of these symbols, beloved by the majority, be tyranny

of the minority?

No, it wouldn't. In this country a basic purpose of the Bill of Rights

is to protect the minority from oppressive acts by government and the

majority. When a symbol the Confederate flag is used by government or

majority groups to threaten or silence a minority, that is an

oppressive act, a form of tyranny.

My apologies to legal experts if I haven't stated this is the most

exact legal terms.


Jeutonne P. Brewer, Associate Professor

Department of English

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, NC 27412

email: jpbrewer[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]