It's part of their genocidal effort to displace Southern culture.
Sons of Confederate Veterans is taking the case to the United States Supreme Court.
Left-wing haters in Texas continue to pretend the flag represent white supremacy, ignoring the fact that thousands of free blacks owned slave labor during the slave era in the South and about half of all free blacks in America preferred to live in the slave-ear South by choice.
The fact that thousands of blacks and Indians fought for the Confederacy also seems to be lost in the leftist delusion of history revisionism. Americans suffer from a false memory syndrome imposed by the liberal domination of education and entertainment in the nation. That false memory supposes that black slaves were owned exclusively by wealthy white plantation owners.
For generations the Confederate flag represented Southern culture. The flag has only recently been maligned as a symbol of racism as part of the lunatic left's genocidal purge of American culture.
Raphael Lemkin who coined the term "genocide" described it as...
Generally speaking, genocide does not necessarily mean the immediate destruction of a nation, except when accomplished by mass killings of all members of a nation. It is intended rather to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves. The objectives of such a plan would be the disintegration of the political and social institutions, of culture, language, national feelings, religion, and the economic existence of national groups, and the destruction of the personal security, liberty, health, dignity, and even the lives of the individuals belonging to such groups. [emphasis added]
From NPR we read:
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The U.S. Supreme Court is tackling a question of great interest to America's auto-loving public: Whose speech is that on your specialty license plate? Specifically, when the government issues specialty tags at the behest of private groups or individuals, can it veto messages deemed offensive to others?
The specialty plate at the center of Monday's case was proposed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Texas division. The tag design featured a square Confederate battle flag, along with the organization's name. Texas produces specialty plates for a fee, but the design must first be approved by the state Department of Motor Vehicles board.
The Confederate veterans plate generated considerable controversy.
"Why should we as Texas want to be reminded of a legalized system of involuntary servitude, dehumanization, rape, mass murder?" asked state Senator Royce West at a public hearing about the plates in 2011.
But Granvel Block, a former commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, defended the proposed plate, countering that expecting the Confederate veterans group to delete the flag image would be "as unreasonable" as expecting the University of Texas to remove its logo from a plate "because Texas A&M graduates didn't care for it."
After several votes, the motor vehicles board rejected the proposed plate, finding that "a significant portion of the public associate[s] the Confederate flag with organizations" that demean or express hatred for minorities.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans sued, contending that the state of Texas was violating their free speech rights. A federal appeals court agreed, and the state appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which hears arguments in the case Monday.
The state of Texas maintains that private groups can't commandeer the machinery of government to convey a message that the government doesn't want to associate with.
"The plaintiffs have every right to festoon their cars with bumper stickers or other images that display the Confederate battle flag," says former Texas Solicitor General Jonathan Mitchell. "But they can't compel the state of Texas to propagate the Confederate battle flag by displaying it on state-issued license plates."
The Sons of Confederate Veterans reply that Texas, by statute, has a policy of honoring their forebears. Specifically, there is a state holiday honoring Confederate veterans.
"The lawyers working on this case get Confederate Heroes Day off," says R. James George, Jr., the lawyer representing the Confederate veterans group.
And there's more, he notes. There are Confederate battle reenactments on the Capitol grounds, monuments honoring Confederate veterans and the Capitol gift shop sells Confederate memorabilia.
Therefore, he argues, "The Department of Motor Vehicles does not have the authority to second guess the Legislature on whether or not to honor Confederate veterans since the Legislature has already decided that the other way."
Beyond that, George contends that the Constitution does not allow the government to ban certain speech simply because it's offensive.
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