Outrageous Outrage of the Day

Ming5/06/2010 11:38:03 am PDT

Since it seems that the facts were that the students who wore the American flags did so in order to provoke other students, then yes, I agree with Charles; these students should have been sent home. But I think it’s very important to emphasize that the REASON they were sent home was 100% related to PROVOCATION, and 0% related to the American flag. This seems like a detail, but I think it’s crucially important to separate these two issues. So, any right-winger who bleats about this today should be told: “The students were NOT sent home for the American flags. They WERE sent home because they were provoking violence.” After all, WHAT was provoking the violence? To answer “the American flags” would be an incomplete answer! What was provoking violence was: the manner in which the flags (which happened to be American flags) were FLAUNTED PROVOCATIVELY. This is IDENTICAL to, for example, flaunting the flag of some sports team provocatively.