Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 09:24:35 -0600 From: Brian James Callarman Subject: Confederate flag, etc., etc. I understand that the Confederate flag is not a cultural symbol that everyone wants to identify themselves with. My question, however, is this: don't you think that maybe it's a little harsh to call the inclusion of a flag "tyranny". Surely that is strong language for simply flying a flag as a cultural symbol. Here is a little axiom about "political correctness" (and I'm not intending to point any fingures); when taken to an extreme it can be used as something of a cultural sterilization agent. Now, I'm all for cultural diversity and it seems that United States culture is very diverse and becoming more so by the minute, but it is important to realize, within reason, that every culture is inherantly going to have aspects that are offensive to other cultures. It is just impractical and, I would even go so far as to say, impossible to have a completely offense-free society. If you really want something to get upset about, and this is one thing that I am very surprised that no one has jumped on in recent years with huge "political correctness" and culturaly diversity push. How about the professional baseball team called the Atlanta Braves or, far worse than that, the Washington Redskins. I understand that this is a touchy subject, but I just have to set forth this scenario: Wouldn't that be about like having a team called the "Georgia Niggers" (I mean absolutly no offense by this to ANYONE. I'm using this completely hypothetically to the end of making a point, so, if I have offended anyone, I apologize in advance.) Brian Callarman