#2 – Confederate Flag or DACA Recipients

As of right now, I am stuck between two different topics. The first is the display of the confederate flag in my community of Franklin County, and the second is DACA recipients. I interviewed my younger sibling, Jada about her feelings towards the confederate flag and how she feels with students wearing it:

“I understand that the origins of the flag are based around the oppression of blacks, and seeing that students around the school are able to wear articles of clothing that have the confederate symbol is very hurtful. I think that as a community we should work to address the meaning of the flag and that it is just as bad as someone showing up to school wearing another hate symbol such as the swastika.”

Jada offered great insight as to why wearing the confederate flag is considered extremely offensive to those specifically of color in our close knit community, and how there are double standards for dress code.

The next person I interviewed about my second topic was my mom, regarding Trump’s latest mission to take away DACA from hundreds of thousands of people.

“The many people that are DACA recipients are teachers, lawyers, accountants, farm workers, and plenty of young children that are here enrolled into school systems to pursue their dreams. Regardless of who they are and what they want to be, their humanity gives them the right to be here, not how “beneficial” they are to our economy. Sending young people back to countries that they have no memory of, is cruel and very harmful for our own country. Who will do the jobs that immigrants are willing to do? And who is to say they shouldn’t be afforded the same permanent residence as a born citizen?”

The feedback I received from my mom was very helpful in learning about the backlash of Trump trying to disable DACA programs and attempt to send back recipients. I am still a bit torn between the two as they are both topics that are of great interest to me.

kbiggs

4 Responses to “#2 – Confederate Flag or DACA Recipients

  • Hi Kiara,

    Thanks for posting this musing and deliberation about two related yet different topics. I have worked with a few students over the last few years who have explored the complex issues of racism and identity around the confederate flag. When I had students take a look at this a couple of years ago, they based that exploration around specific events at the high school I was teaching at. Here’s the video they created. I’d love you to watch it and let me know what you think about their approach: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ycxTNbm3Ps

    Additionally, the local paper here in Addison County recently published a story considering the reasons and angst over a few local residents that have chosen to fly the confederate flag. You can find that article here: http://www.addisonindependent.com/201708confederate-flags-prompts-local-rebuke

    These points of reference should help you think more deeply about this issue in particular. I look forward to following this journey with you.

    -Tim

  • I thought I had responded to this in the beginning, but I suppose it slipped past me. I have also noticed a large issue with the confederate flag in my school and community. It’s truly disgusting to see the ignorance and/or hate surrounding it.

  • Hi Kiara,

    These topics is such an important issues to cover, especially with the current political climate. I’m excited to see where you go with this.

    -Lindsey

    • Edit: Apologies, I wasn’t logged in before. Here’s my edited version:

      Hi Kiara,

      These topics are such important issues to cover, especially with the current political climate. I’m excited to see where you go with this.

      -Lindsey

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