Monday, November 8, 2010
Pride or Dissent?
After the reading "Why Johnny can't Dissent," there where several instances that came to mind about dissent that goes on today within society. From the fight against conformity, anti- corporate power, oppression.. the list goes on.
One instance that stuck out for me is the use of the Confederate flag is seen as dissent. Although to many in the south it is used of a symbol of southern pride, for many African American's this same symbol can be a shameful reminder of slavery and segregation. The Confederate battle flag has also been appropriated by the Ku Klux Klan and other racist hate groups. For this reason the use of the confederate flag is very often frowned upon. An example of this is in North Carolina and the fact that they still fly the flag proudly, no matter how many NCAA games don't get played there! The NCAA continues to enforce its boycott of the entire Palmetto State due to their adorable insistence on flying the Confederate flag on the grounds of the state capitol.That raises the question as to whether those who wish to fly the flag are now the ones that are oppressed in not being able to show their supposed southern pride, as this is one of the main reasons why people carry out dissent.