Please ban the confederate flag in the United States of America
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As a resident of the United States of America, and in unity with the rights afforded by the Constitution, I ask lawmakers to ban the confederate flag, in all forms, from public display. The single exception to the ban would be for publicly funded museums of American History.
I make this request in an effort to improve life opportunities for all children living in the United States. The wide ranging effects of racism on the health and wellbeing of children are well documented in the research literature and include depression, anxiety, and low self esteem.
In the past year, prominent display of the confederate flag by white nationalist groups has been documented at many events in the United States.
Though the First Amendment protects free speech, the direct effects of racism on children in the United States are not to be understated. As prominent symbol affiliated with multiple white nationalist groups and gangs, the confederate flag sends a threatening message to both children and adults.
At this time of great pain for our country, I ask lawmakers to come together to ban the confederate flag to begin healing the wounds of racism in the United States.
Priest N, Paradies Y, Trenerry B, Truong M, Karlsen S, Kelly Y. A systematic review of studies examining the relationship between reported racism and health and wellbeing for children and young people. Social Science & Medicine. 2013 Oct 31; 95: 115-27. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23312306
American Public Health Association. Research and Intervention on Racism as a Fundamental Cause of Ethnic Disparities in Health. APHA Policy #20017 https://www.apha.org/policies-and-advocacy/public-health-policy-statements/policy-database/2014/07/25/10/29/research-and-intervention-on-racism-as-a-fundamental-cause-of-ethnic-disparities-in-health
100 Days in Trump's America: White nationalists and their agenda infiltrate the mainstream https://www.splcenter.org/20170427/100-days-trumps-america
Infinite DramaQuest 2.0: American Renaissance Edition https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/07/27/infinite-dramaquest-20-american-renaissance-edition
Information on the ideology of all known hate groups can be found on the Southern Poverty Law Center website. https://www.splcenter.org/
For more information on the convergence of white nationalist extremist groups, the radical right, and their efforts in the United States in 2016-2017, see:
Hate Map - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hate-map
Additional information on groups supporting white supremacist ideology and answers to frequently asked questions here: https://goo.gl/pFm9Zx (last updated August 8, 2017 @ 7:30PM)
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