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Christian College Kicks Student Out over Confederate Display

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Pensacola Christian College will not allow a student who went to Charlottesville, Virginia carrying a Confederate Flag to complete his Senior year.





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Hm. It's complicated. To be sure, as a Virginian, I'm a proud Southerner, but my grandfather was born in East Tennessee, Scott County, which was a Union enclave during the Civil War and two of my ancestors fought on the Federals' side and died in Confederate prison camps as a result. A great grandmother of mine was born in South Louisiana to a Creole family that was heavily invested in slavery before the War and reduced to poverty afterwards. I think those monuments probably have a place in a museum, either indoor or outdoor, but without context, I don't see the usefulness of just having a few statues take up space. That, however, is just my opinion. They were certainly wrong to kick that student out of school. The abuse he endured from hostile crowds and the humiliation of being escorted away by the police should have been punishment enough.

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