"Redneck Day" at Queen Creek HS Under Investigation by U.S. Department of Education

Categories: Racism

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A Queen Creek High School student sporting confederate flag.
It's official -- the U.S. Department of Education has opened an investigation into "Redneck Day," a day of school-sanctioned festivities at Queen Creek High School that included a student wearing a Confederate flag like a cape.

The Reverend Jarrett Maupin, who filed a complaint against the school district over the racially hostile environment created by the event, was pleased at the news of the investigation, calling it a "moral victory."

See also:
-Dept of Ed to Look at Complaint of Queen Creek High School's "Redneck Day"
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However, in a letter to Maupin, Angela Martinez-Gonzalez, the Supervisory General Attorney for the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, noted that while they are investigating his allegations, they aren't going to include in that investigation the display of the Confederate flag because that "concerns rights protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution."

(Letter below)

That doesn't sit well with Maupin and other civil rights' activists. Not. At. All.

"While I'm glad they are investigating, the letter itself is a permission slip for racist parents to send their children to school wearing any symbol they want?" Maupin says. "To me, there is no difference between a confederate flag and a swastika flag. Is the Department of Education saying it's okay for a young neo-nazi to wear a swastika flag?
It's clear to me that the mere presence of the confederate flag and the swastika flag creates an atmosphere of racial hostility."



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TooSensitiveOffended
TooSensitiveOffended

If you are offended so what, get over it. Many people no longer give a crap if you are offended by free speech or someone's heritage.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And in as much as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. 

-- Abraham Lincoln
Charleston, Illinois, September 18, 1858

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Looks like someone quit studying civil war history after their freshman year. I suggest you do a little more research before you open your mouth or post anything that pertains to the civil war again, before you make yourself look even MORONIC than you already are. lol, fuckin dumb ass.

jg00
jg00

Sure, the word "redneck" isn't itself a racist and classist slur—we need to worry that another black person might get offended somewhere!

INFACT
INFACT

The Rebel flag is the flag that was used by the Confederate States of America, as you should probably know. Many find it racist becuase the Confederates were for slavery but it is NOT racist. Confederates freed slaves that enlisted in their army and didnt force them. Most black Confederates were proud to fight for them. Confederates freed their slaves 5 years before the union did. Also there was slavery under the U.S. flag a lot longer than under the Rebel flag. The U.S. flag was hanging on the ships that shipped slaves and not the Rebel flag. And by the way... the civil war wasnt only fought over slavery, there were more issues and differences.

luv_tbs
luv_tbs

If so this school better not have had single black person yell for Justice for Trayvon without a full investigation being done on that as well.  If not this is racism at it's best.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

This event was sanctioned by school authorities? Boy are they gonna be in some trouble.

Lauren Allen
Lauren Allen

The confederate flag is a major part of Southern Culture. I understand why people have the flag. However, a good majority of people associate that flag with racism. When public figures, teachers and/or told models do things, it should not only be about the fact of the matter but the perception as well. And for the record "Nigger" is never said is any song, so I would be careful what you say sir. I hate every version of that word and don't believe anyone should use it. I am not offended if someone, of any race, is rhyming a lyric and drops "Nigga" because it is in a song. Rappers and certain institutions made the word acceptable. Point of the story, if you have several people looking up to you be careful of how it may appear to come off.

Javier Gilmore
Javier Gilmore

It is a flag that represents losers! The South got their asses handed to them. It is time to build a bridge and get over that. We do not celebrate second place as Americans. Dump that rag in the garbage where trash belongs.

OATHKEEPER1958
OATHKEEPER1958

YALL THINK THE FLAG IS RACIST IT AIN'T IT'S PART OF HERITAGE AND HISTORY.  USED TO BE YOU COULD PRAY IN SCHOOLS TO. NOW MOST OF THE SCHOOLS DON'T EVEN SAY THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ANYMORE.  WELL FOLKS THE GOVERNMENT AND BOHAMMA ONCE AGAIN OUR OUT TO TURN US INTO COMMUNISTS BOHAMMA IS THE JIHADI IN CHIEF.  http://youtu.be/riTQTr_EtkQ

Bryan Payne
Bryan Payne

"The Civil War was fought solely based on slavery and the South's refusal to support the abolishing of slavery." The Civil War was hardly fought solely based on slavery. It was fought over State vs. Federal rights and economics. Might want to pickup a history book.

graceaz317
graceaz317

Investigation ? Really? Redneck day seems like fun for the kids. Duck Dynasty attire, farmers coveralls and cape of the Confederate Flag apparently were worn.

There is a HUGE difference between the Confederate Flag and a Swastika Flag. Hilter the murderer of Jews and others has absolutely nothing to do with the American Civil War.  This type of demonizing and hate has to stop. Thought you all would love a school function soley to make  fun of the 'whites'.  Tara.  I am VERY proud to be of Euro-Caucasian heritage.   

Tara you are so enlightened.. please leave AZ,  I too am ashamed that you are a native Phoenician.  Guess now days you  have to be ashamed in order to fit in with the black culture.  Sad.. 

Tara Nunimaker
Tara Nunimaker

The southern states wanted to be able to keep on enslaving African Americans, you moron, and that's exactly what the confederate flag represents. That is the ONLY reason the Civil War happened.

Tara Nunimaker
Tara Nunimaker

You're an idiot who doesn't know wtf she is talking about and it's people like you that make me hate being a native Phoenician. The Civil War was fought solely based on slavery and the South's refusal to support the abolishing of slavery. That is the only reason the confederate flag exists: to stand as a symbol for the support of slavery. It was racist then and it's racist now. In addition, the reason why Americans of African descent can use the "n" word is because they "reclaimed" the word, meaning that they took control of a derogatory, demeaning remark used by Caucasians as a hurtful term towards them. When a black person says the "n" word it's as a form of empowerment, to remove the hateful meaning it once had. The same has been done with the term "queer" and there are feminists who are reclaiming the word words "bitch" and "cunt." Congratulations, it's because of people like you that racism still persists. You make me ashamed of my Euro-Caucasian heritage. Before you open your ignorant mouth, how about you educate yourself first.

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt

How many concentration camps did they have below the Mason Dixon line? There is no equivalency between the Confederacy and Nazi Germany. There are people looking for "hush money" to be less offended though.

RobAZ
RobAZ

Stopped reading when I hit "Reverend Jarrett Maupin....".

As with anything Maupin raises a stink about, it's always wise to let the dust settle and find out the facts.  Unless you're into his shameless self-promotion.

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

So the southern states wanted freedom from an overbearing federal government, how is that offensive? the confederate flag is as american as apple pie. its a part of history and represents independence. its misuse by racist/supremacists groups is the only reason ignorant people are offended by it. besides all that shit, theyre fuckin high school kids. im sure there was no intention behind the flag, leave it to opinionated self righteous adults to find intolerance in the innocence of literal childish behavior.

Mea Culpa
Mea Culpa

Are they going to stop sagging pants as well? Thug attire ?

Brooke Sampson
Brooke Sampson

It's the same argument as did the gun kill someone or did the person holding the gun kill someone? Last time I checked a gun didn't get up and kill people further more I have never seen a flag float down from its pole and shout racial slurs promoting hate.

Brooke Sampson
Brooke Sampson

Confederate flag is an American battle flag over 7 different races died for the flag. Just because a small group of people used that flag to promote hate doesn't mean it's seen that way by all. Black people can say nigger 10 times a song but when any other race says it it's not ok? That's hypocritical racism within itself.

jg00
jg00

@Javier Gilmore Would you apply the same "losers" rule to the Mexican-American War?

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Actually, every flag contains a significant amount of symbolism.  The Confederate flag signifies treason and sedition.  It signifiies taking up arms against the duly elected government.  It signifies an armed efffort to tear this country apart.  It signifies everything that the American flag doesn't.  You proud of that?  You proud of treason and sedition and an armed effort to tear this country apart?  Not something I'd be proud of.  You celebrate that history - that history of armed effort to destroy these United States.  I, for one, think it should be tossed into the trash can of history and left there.  And I would not be trotting it out as some celebration of my ancestors' armed effort to destroy this country in the most egregious act of treason this country has every seen.  Not something that I would be proud of.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

@HILLFOLKREDNECK I suppose you have never read any of the statements made by the leadership of the Confederacy about the values upon which their government was based. I suggest you start with Confederate vice president Alexander Stephens' cornerstone speech:

 "Our new Government is founded upon exactly the opposite ideas; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition.[1]"

And so, my dear Goober, white supremacy and slavery were indeed the cornerstones of the Confederacy. I guess they skipped over the Civil War where you went to school. If you went to school.

luv_tbs
luv_tbs

@Francisco Cortez  What about all the blatant anti-white rhetoric that has been tossed around in the last few weeks?  Oh wait, I forget black people can't be racist.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

@Bryan Payne That may be the bullshit you were spoon-fed or have chosen to unquestionably swallow but that is not at all accurate. The southern states were quite content to use the power of the federal government to perpetuate slavery until the expansion of the union threatened their ability to do so. As evidence I offer the gag rule passed by Congress to keep abolitionist literature from being spread through the mails, the fugitive slave act and the several compromises forced by southern congressional leaders to admit slave states into the union.

It would be advisable for you to read something besides Cleon Skousens and Glenn Beck before you offer mythology as fact. 

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@graceaz317 well as an AZ native, im embarrassed by you, the tea kooks, and the insane arpaio supporters..but im not telling anyone they need to leave. Its not my place, nor yours. 

TwentyTwin
TwentyTwin

@Tara Nunimaker I am no supporter of the rebel flag, but I am a supporter of the rebel spirit to a point.  The Civil War was not over slavery Tara.  That is a misconception due to the fact the North won the War and therefore wrote "his story."  The North was losing the War and needed soldiers, so they decided to offer slaves their freedom by fighting for the North.  Don't get me wrong, white people did not free black people, black people freed themselves- the North just officially stated and offered the inevitable. If you think black people weren't enslaved or lynched in any parts of the North, you would be incorrect and naive.  The war was over taxes and independence.  Today you have taxes going through the roof, government growing like a cancer, less freedom and independence, and many considering another civil war.

graceaz317
graceaz317

@Tara Nunimaker  

Well actually it was due to the huge financial gap between the North and the South, and the support of States rights over Federal laws, yes abolition and.. Lincoln, the Southern States did not like him at the time due to is support of Northern State and his anti-slavery cause.  So not JUST slavery.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

@John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt A belief in white supremacy and the social utility of human slavery are concepts shared by nazis and confederates. Nazis and other white supremacists routinely fly the confederate flag for those reasons.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@Marco Cruz  I know, right?  The southern states wanted freedom from an overbearing federal government that was insisiting that they were no longer permitted to enslave people based on skin color.  Damn overbearing federal government, violating the southern states' sacred right to force people into slavery.  Right.  I know, huh, totally unreasonable of that overbearing federal government to insist that the southern states abolish slavery.  /totally sarcistic

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

@Marco Cruz If what you say is true, burning crosses are also as American as apple pie. Both represent a belief in white superiority and the enslavement of perceived inferiors. Confederate leaders re-spun their sordid story after they lost. 

RobAZ
RobAZ

@Marco Cruz Hmmm....Interesting you call people ignorant while refusing to accept what the Confederate flag represents in modern times.  Given that the historic meaning of the swastika symbol is essentially "good", you got one flying in front of your house?  I mean, it's only ignorant people who focus on what it represented in more recent times, right?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Fuzz Milenko And it seems you need to pass 5th grade history class.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Brooke Sampson So with a bomber, did the bomb kill people or didn't it?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Brooke Sampson <=== racist cracker

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Brooke Sampson It's a flag of bigotry.  And only clueless bigots don't get that!

MandyMountain
MandyMountain

@Gina Wilkinson-Montague I sure as Hell am.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public "The Confederate flag signifies treason and sedition.  It signifiies [sic] taking up arms against the ...government.  It signifies an armed efffort [sic] to tear this country apart."

So does the American Flag, circa 1776 ...

hth


drlarrykuhn
drlarrykuhn

I agree. The PC crap has taken over the pod like robot minds of our nation's young generation. As a grad school prof, in the last 5 years,Ii've watch the erosion of critical thinking. It has been replaced by entitlement and religious worship of the false god of diversity. It is no longer ok to be white, to question the mantra recited to the steady drumbeat of the liberal media. This country has lost it's way

graceaz317
graceaz317

@david_saint01@graceaz317Not  tea-party person.. sorry dude. I guess one would have to know these kids to know there was no ill intent other than what the Media will explode it into. Really my son had the Confederate flag in his truck back when he was young. He liked Dukes of Hazards.. silly show, no ill intent their either.  Never had any issues with his Black or Hispanic friends.  Why does everything have to be about race and white people being against the 'brown' people as the article states? When my grandson was going to a queen creek school in the 4th grade they divided the kids up into the WHITES and the BLACKS ( not by race but some kids represented whites and some represented blacks) The Blacks had to use a different drinking fountain, eat at separate tables etc.. .. I DID NOT SEE this make it into the New Times.  

jester.jackson
jester.jackson

@WhoKnows they are clueless because they slept thru school and haven't picked up a book since.

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