ASU Students' View Of The Confederate Flag Are Deeply Divided

ASU Students' Views Of The Confederate Flag Are Deeply Divided

There is a large disagreement when it comes to this symbol and its representation.


The Confederate Flag, a symbol marking the South's secession which led to the Civil War, remains a divisive emblem among ASU students, with some viewing it as Southern pride and others perceiving it as a symbol of deep-seated racism.

Edjen Faye Duran, a student from the Philippines, believes it is inappropriate for this flag to be celebrated. "I think that it is offensive and despairing for them to do that. I think that the flag symbolizes racism, death and overall inequality that many people of color have had to go through," said Duran.

But other students disagree. "A lot of times it's taken as racism. But a lot of people just treat it as a sign of heritage and keeping to their roots," said another student.

Kylie Vacala of Gilbert believes that the legality of flying the flag is not the question, but instead, the issue lies in the morality of the action. "The Confederate flag represents negative outlooks and I do believe shows support of slavery. I think when someone parades or flies the flag it still represents those ideals," said Vacala.

Disagreements have heightened since the Ku Klux Klan, which is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, adopted Confederate symbolism. This group praises the flag as well as Confederate monuments.

The KKK's involvement has also increased outbreaks of violence, one of the most notorious being a 2017 clash between alt-right protestors and counter-protestors surrounding a Confederate monument in Charlottesville, Va.

According to ABC News, one woman was killed during these protests and 19 were injured.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Everyone remembers the first time they went to one of the Disney parks. Spinning in teacups and having Goofy wrap his arms around my 8-year-old self were some of my fondest childhood memories, and I'm surely not alone in that.

Keep Reading... Show less

These Superfood Beauty Products Show Kale And Matcha Work For SO Much More Than We Thought

Just another summer's day with a cold glass of kombucha on my face.

I've been vegan for about six years now, so a love for fresh vegetables and superfoods has now become a core part of my being. Don't get me wrong. I love my indulgent, creamy pastas and truffle fries more than anyone. But I keep most of my focus on eating clean and healthy so I can indulge guilt-free.

But I'd say about a large part of my diet has always, unknowingly, included superfoods. Being Indian, lentils, beetroot, garlic, ginger, and whole grains have been core essentials on the family dinner table since I could digest solid foods.

Keep Reading... Show less

Now that college is around the corner for most if not all young adults, students once shook by a pandemic now have to shift their focus on achieving their career goals. As if we thought we had it together already! As an NYC girl, I have always seen myself as a hustler, hungry to advance my career in journalism by having one skill: working hard.

Keep Reading... Show less

5 BBQ Essentials Every Vegan Should Bring To Avoid Summer Cookout FOMO

You'll have your whole family drooling when you bring these goodies over too.

All vegetarians and vegans can relate when I say this: summer barbecues aren't fun when there's nothing you can eat.

Keep Reading... Show less

Kourtney Kardashian has decided to leave "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" after nearly 14 years and although we saw this coming, it breaks our heart that she won't be there to make us laugh with her infamous attitude and hilarious one-liners.

Kourtney is leaving the show because it was taking up too much of her life and it was a "toxic environment" for her.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

We Asked You How You Felt About Resuming 'Normal' Activities, And Some Of Your Answers Shocked Us

The New York Times asked 511 epidemiologists when they'd feel comfortable doing "normal" activities again, considering COVID-19. We asked our peers the same thing, for science.

Last month, the New York Times surveyed about 500 epidemiologists asking about their comfort level with certain activities once deemed normal — socializing with friends, going to the doctor, bringing in the mail. That's all well and good for the experts, but they are a very niche group, not the majority of the population. What do "normal" people feel safe doing? In certain states, we've seen how comfortable everyone is with everything (looking at you, Florida), but we wanted to know where Odyssey's readers fell on the comfort scale. Are they sticking with the epidemiologists who won't be attending a wedding for another year, or are they storming the sunny beaches as soon as possible?

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments