Teen gets suspended after flying the Confederate flag

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Updated: 4/27/2012 9:15 am Published: 4/26/2012 6:01 pm

The Rebel flag represents the confederacy and is a symbol long considered racist to some but to 17-year-old Matthew Newcomb it represents his southern pride. 

“At first I thought it'd be a cool redneck thing to do,” said Newcomb. 

He rides around Tahlequah with it attached to a fishing pole in the back of his red pick up truck.  When he drives to school in the morning he parks the truck on school property and folds the flag away into his cab.  Then after school he puts it back up and rides off the school’s property. 

“I think it's a few people getting a bellyache about something they don't like and there is no where in the constitution that says if you don't like something it's not right,” said Newcomb. 

In early April, a vice principal told Newcomb to be “street smart” about flying the confederate flag.  He started driving around with it the week before Easter Sunday. 

Newcomb said he was not scared of the backlash because if everyone would educate themselves about the history of the confederate flag they would know it represent’s the south’s self reliance and not slavery or racism.  

However, the school district superintendent, Dr. Shannon Goodsell, said the flag has brought racism and bigotry to the school and it will not be tolerated. 

The American Civil Liberties Union has become involved after Newcomb’s mother, Michelle Armstrong, asked them for help.  They attended a due process hearing with the school and the Newcombs on April 16th.  Newcomb was suspended the following week for four days.  The ACLU is still waiting for a response from the school about whether Newcomb will be allowed to fly the flag while on school grounds. 

“I feel the school went very backwards against it and the fact that they are calling me ignorant about it and throwing out punishments and stuff that shows how truly ignorant about it,” said Newcomb. 

Newcomb admits some people are offended by it but he said if they read about what the flag stands for, they will change their minds. 

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watchdog11 - 5/1/2012 11:36 PM
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And thank you too Sylviasdaddy

watchdog11 - 5/1/2012 11:34 PM
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Thank you Cwipaulk, great sumnmation, I wish you and thousands more like you could teach our young people history as it really happened instead of the leftist propaganda they teach in public schools and colleges. Well written, I salute you.

SylviasDaddy - 4/30/2012 9:58 AM
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"However, the school district superintendent, Dr. Shannon Goodsell, said the flag has brought racism and bigotry to the school and it will not be tolerated." BIGOTRY: Obstinate and unreasoning attachment to one’s own belief and opinions with intolerance of beliefs opposed to them [from Webster’s Third New International Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged (Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.; 1981)] The superintendent is showing obstinate attachment to the superintendent's own beliefs with openly-avowed intolerance of an opposing belief. The bigotry, therefore, is on the part of the superintendent.

cwipaulk - 4/28/2012 1:59 PM
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The problem here is that Yankee propaganda has been taught to everyone, starting during Reconstruction. No CSA flag ever flew on the slave-trading ships; it was Old Glory. The South did not secede in order to perpetuate slavery; it was on the way out, and only a small percentage of Southerners owned slaves. Lincoln waged his treasonous and unconstitutional war to force the seceded states back into the union for the collection of revenues. The South was furnishing about 85% of the revenue, and getting very little in return. Most Northerners were in favor of letting the South go, but Lincoln said, “Let the South go? Let the South go! Where then shall we get our revenues?!” Lincoln shut down numerous newspapers and imprisoned the owners who disagreed with his waging of an illegal war. To refute the oft-repeated lie that the War for Southern Independence (commonly but erroneously called "The Civil War") was fought over slavery, I need only mention the Corwin Amendment -- proposed by Congressman Thomas Corwin of Ohio, passed by Congress 2 March 1861, and endorsed by Abraham Lincoln. That amendment read: "No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State." If the seceded States had wished to perpetuate slavery, they had only to re-join the Union and ratify that amendment. They did not because they seceded to escape an overweening, all-intrusive big government, the same reason that thirteen States seceded from Britain in 1776, Mexico from Spain in 1818, and Texas from Mexico in 1836. The Confederate Battle Flag represents a brave and proud people (black and white) who were defending their homes from an invading army. Those who think anything else have swallowed the Yankee Kool-Aid. Do your own research. Learn the truth.

cwipaulk - 4/28/2012 12:14 PM
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What do I think about the Confederate flag flap? By K. Steven Monk I think that very few people today even know what that flag stood for. No, it did not stand as a racist symbol for the KKK as that group did not even exist when countless thousands of Southern men laid down their lives for it. Nor did it stand for Nazi-inspired white supremacy, as the man who brought that German political group to power had not even been born at the time that countless thousands of young, Southern boys spilled their blood on the fields of Gettysburg. And no! They did not spill their blood on that field of battle and innumerable other fields for the right to own slaves, as 95% of them couldn't even afford the common necessities of life, let alone slaves. It was only the other 5% of the Southern population, the rich Southern planters, that could afford that as well as the luxuries they enjoyed. At the time of this great conflict, slavery, as an institution, was on its way out in the South. So why did so many poor, common, white (and even black) working boys lay down their lives for a tattered red, white and blue cross of stars? The answer to that becomes rather obvious when you consider what the war they fought and died in was all about. And no! It was not a Civil War. There was nothing civil about the carnage of hundreds of thousands of American men blowing the guts out of each other. It was a war of aggression: the aggression of a omnipotent, Washington-based political power who had as its agenda the subversion of a group of states who had decided to rescind their ratification of that power's right to rule, an act which, under the constitution that they ratified, they had the right to do. In other words, Southern Americans, in this most Uncivil War, were fighting for the same thing that Americans fought for at Valley Forge: they were fighting for their freedom. That's what the stars and bars meant to them. That's why so many of them went to their graves defending it. That's why

cwipaulk - 4/28/2012 12:05 PM
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For the ignorant school board members: If you seek an offensive flag, look no farther than the thirteen-stripe United States flag.Under that flag, hundreds of thousands of Africans were transported to slavery in the New World in the 1700s and 1800s. (No Confederate-flagged ship ever made a slaving-run.)Under that flag, an Army Order (General Order No. 11) was issued 17 December 1862 forcibly removing all Jewish people from Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky. (No Confederate authority ever practiced anti-Semitism.)Under that flag, thousands of men, women, and children were systematically hunted down and killed, and other thousands forcibly removed from their homelands and relocated to less-hospitable environs in the 1800s for the shocking offense of being Native Americans/Indians. (No such actions ever occurred under a Confederate flag.)Under that flag, thousands of American citizens were placed in concentration camps in the 1940s for the heinous crime of being of Japanese ancestry. (No concentration camps were ever built or operated under Confederate authority.)Moreover, that flag is the favored flag of the Ku Kluxers -- anti-blacks, anti-Semitics, and anti-Catholics. See http://pointsouth.com/csanet/kkk.htm for pictures. So: The thirteen-stripe United States flag has been used against blacks, Jews, Native Americans, Japanese, and Catholics. I wonder when will someone call for its removal? (Clifton Palmer McLendon) “The sole object of this war,” said Grant, “is to restore the Union. Should I become convinced it has any other object, or that the Government designs using its soldiers to execute the wishes of the Abolitionists, I pledge you my honor as a man and a soldier I would resign my commission and carry my sword to the other side.” -Democratic Speaker’s Handbook, p. 33 The War for Southern Independence was fought for the same reasons as the Revolutionary War. True history is not taught in school.

Unwashed Mass - 4/27/2012 9:30 PM
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Slavery existed under the stars and stripes for the better part of a century, yet people think another flag that flew for only four of those years is more representative of that distasteful part of our history. The Confederate flag is only offensive if you intend for it to be.

Unwashed Mass - 4/27/2012 9:25 PM
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At one time the Confederate flag flew at the state capitol, so...

Unwashed Mass - 4/27/2012 9:21 PM
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If anyone has brought racism and bigotry to the school district, it's Dr. Shannon Goodsell for making his personal prejudices policy. The school district is not going to win this one in court, that's for certain.

OFBD1 - 4/27/2012 12:07 PM
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swatluber...Partially right...It wasn't even called Oklahoma at the time. But there where Indians that faught for both sides of the Civil War not just the Confederate. Most did fight for the south because some Indians owned slaves themselfs but they where only allowed to help when they where fighting IN the Indian Terriotory. The Indians that helped out the Union where allowed to go fight with them wherever but mainly went to KS. And actually when it comes down to it the Union won over the Indian Territory. And theres alot more to it but...ok. OKLAHOMA was not and still is not considered a Southern State! You are in Indian territory NOT the South...maybe (midwest). And this still doesn't change this Story! But IJS ;)
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