The UA Flag
Last Updated 09-23-03
Here is the history of the latest Confederate flag flap at the University
of Alabama, with links to as many stories and letters as I could
find on the subject.
- It all
started with this news article in the UA student newspaper:
Res Life policy could affect speech, Crimson
article was accompanied by this cringing, self-abasing editorial.
Such a weak defense of free speech and slander against
Southerners called for a response:
Residential Life policy cramps free speech,
Crimson White, 06-18-03.
- Response came in the form of this letter to the editor by myself...
Rebel flag flyers have no reason to apologize,
Crimson White, 07-02-03.
- And this letter to the editor by Patrick Samples:
Res Life policy promotes anti-Southern bigotry,
Crimson White, 07-02-03.
- Accompanying these letters was another newspaper article (the university was
beginning to feel the heat):
Controversial Residential Life policy under
review, Crimson White, 07-02-03.
- Next, the story hit the
main Tuscaloosa newspaper, with this article:
UA dorm policy raises concerns, Tuscaloosa
- Then the Tuscaloosa News comes out with this editorial (in favour
of censorship, no less!):
New UA proposal has more pros than cons,
Tuscaloosa News, 07-07-03.
- This letter to the editor writer disagreed with Pat Samples:
Confederate flag not representative of all
Southerners, Crimson White, 07-09-03.
there was this letter, from someone who has been thoroughly
brainwashed into hating himself because he is a white male, and
therefore racist and guilty of all the sins of the world, even
those committed before he was born!:
Confederate flag symbolizes racism's long
legacy of hate, Crimson White, 07-16-03.
was also this rather incoherent letter, vaguely defending free
Even rednecks allowed to speak freely,
Crimson White, 07-16-03.
- The university, seeing that it was in for trouble if it targeted only non-PC displays like the Confederate flag, has decided on a blanket prohibition (which will likely run afoul of 1st Amendment considerations as well). This article tells the story:
Res Life to ban all displays in dorm windows, Crimson White, 07-16-03.
- Thankfully, the Crimson White has printed another editorial, denoucing the university's policy, this time without the anti-South rhetoric:
Warm, fuzzy blanket policy too constrictive, Crimson White, 07-16-03.
- This article explains that the university is now adopting an across-the-board policy banning any displays in windows, but permitting displays in hallways and on doors. I was interviewed for this article.
UA plans to ban window displays in dorms, Tuscaloosa News, 07-21-03.
- This letter to the editor is from Alabama Prof. Charles Nuckolls, a leader of the Alabama Scholar’s Association:
UA seeks to cherry-pick constitutional rights, Crimson White, 07-23-03.
- Here, Pat Samples responds to a previous attack by a “guilty white southerner.”
White guilt no excuse for making South a scapegoat, Crimson White, 07-23-03.
- The heroic Malleteers don't plan to take this policy lying down:
Students plan to fight for their First Amendment rights, Crimson White, 08-06-03.
- In keeping with the title of his opinion article, Nick Beadle writes a pointless, idiotic column.
University-wide Confederate flag debate is pointless, utterly idiotic
, Crimson White, 08-06-03.
- FIRE spokesman clarifies organization's position, Crimson White, 08-15-03.
- It looks like the University may delay the imposition of the speech restrictions, having come under sharp criticism.
Proposed Res Life policy to be postponed;
Rule to be reviewed for future, Crimson White, 08-21-03.
- Res Life senior residence hall coordinator Brian Bourke called the Confederate flag a "vile display" that had no place in any university building, but fortunately an LS member was there to stand up to this anti-Southern bigot. The display policy appears to be buried (for now), if not completely dead. It'll be back--in a year or two. Incrementalism is how bureaucrats work.
Student Life Committee mulls window policy
, Crimson White, 09-19-03.
|Dan Bowden is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law.