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  1. Big Ten as Vehicles

  2. Confederate flags

    Beautifully said: I might steal these lines to use in my own daily conversations.
  3. Confederate flags

    Great points. But even if someone legitimately feels that this is part of their heritage (I would like to hear some southern folks rationally flesh out that idea in detail as well), or if someone is waving the flag just for the anti-authority value, does that not also at least imply a large level of ignorance regarding how others would perceive their use of the flag, especially what it means in today's volatile climate? I mean, I get it if someone has deep affection for their home state, but no matter how much I loved my home, I would not want to fly a controversial symbol that would brand me as a racist, whether it was correct or not. I don't want to trigger Godwin's law here, but Germany has a rich but checkered history. Even if I was a proud German, I would not be flying the swastika all over the place, regardless of my heritage. Your last point, about it being conscious versus unconscious, is intriguing. Am I wrong in thinking that the unconscious side of it is simply willful ignorance, since the confederate flag is such a widely known symbol of controversy? Edit: @Enhance, we had the same thoughts at once, but I think you stated it better and more succinctly than I did.
  4. Confederate flags

    That is very interesting, and I am sure there is quite the fascinating story behind that. In this case, I would not jump to the conclusion that they are racist, but this is also a rather unique story. It would be a more confusing matter if they are driving around waving the flag off the back of their truck though. You should try to get the background story to this one.
  5. Confederate flags

    Sometimes I pretend to be Sherlock Holmes and manufacture an entire life story for someone based on clues (some subtle, some not-so-subtle) that they provide about themselves. You can tell a lot about a person by the bumper stickers they plaster to their vehicles. Making assumptions and adhering to stereotypes is not the right thing to do, of course, but it still makes you think!
  6. Confederate flags

    This article does an admirable job explaining it: https://www.nashvillescene.com/news/pith-in-the-wind/article/21014070/heres-why-more-people-are-displaying-confederate-license-plates
  7. Confederate flags

    I see quite a few confederate flags from time to time. I live in a conservative district of southwestern Ohio, close to the Kentucky and Indiana borders. I see confederate flag emblems on cars, on license plate covers, draped in the windows of houses. Not too long ago I saw a young man (teens or early 20s) driving a beater of a car with a full sized confederate flag flying out the window, flagpole and all. Now I see this article: "The number of Tennesseans with Confederate battle flag license plates has reached its highest point in a decade." https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/tennessee/articles/2018-07-19/more-confederate-license-plates-than-ever-on-tennessee-roads I know racists have been emboldened in the past couple of years, but I'm trying to think about it and wondering if there would be some other reason for someone to display a confederate flag other than to boldly advertise their racism and ignorance. I can't think of any other reason. Anyone else?
  8. I was in a wedding more than 10 years ago, and the groom got all of us hooded sweatshirts from our respective schools. I thought it was an odd departure from traditional wedding gifts at the time, but I still wear that Husker sweatshirt frequently throughout the year, whereas I'm sure I would never use an engraved flask or money clip or any of those other traditional wedding party items. Give the gift of Husker gear!
  9. Breakout: Ron Brown and religion

    Since there is a lot of rehashing of something that Ron Brown said in 2012, it is worth noting some of the differences between then and now when it comes to the legal landscape. There is no specific federal protection based on sexual orientation, but the EEOC is now choosing to enforce the Civil Rights Act in such a manner that employment discrimination based on one's sexual orientation violates the act's prohibition of sex discrimination. This has been upheld by several higher courts. Across the nation, same-sex marriage is now legal, based on SCOTUS's interpretation of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. At the state and local level, depending on where you are, progress is still in the kicking and screaming stages, but public opinion has shifted dramatically in support of equal rights over the past few years. Ron Brown was voicing opposition to a city ordinance in Omaha that would protect against sexual orientation discrimination at the local level. Omaha subsequently voted for it. Lincoln later voted against it shortly thereafter, if I remember correctly (I don't live in Nebraska anymore, so I don't know what else has changed locally). For someone to make the same arguments now, only 6 years later, would almost seem silly, as there have been sweeping changes since that time in the direction of equality, which have hurt absolutely no one and have sent nobody directly to hell, that we know of. Yet within some of the statements here on Huskerboard, not only are we arguing about Ron Brown's usage of his position, and the impact of his hire on the football team, but I see some comments trying to re-litigate whether it is right or wrong to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. There were ample discussions on HB at the time that this happened. Not just about Ron Brown's opinions, but also about the interpretations of Christianity on this topic and the legal and moral direction that our world is taking. But, I'm always fascinated by those who say that laws that grant equal protection and prohibit discrimination actually somehow grant "special" protection and are unfair toward the majority, and are therefore unnecessary. I think those arguments are nonsense: ignorance at best, but most likely obfuscation and dishonesty about the issue. But is there a rational argument against these changes? I wish I could say that Ron Brown's opinions in this day and age are trivial because the tide of progress has overtaken such thought, but we live in a time when racism and sexism has come back in vogue, so none of these things are trivial.
  10. There is already a thread in P&R that was directly taken from this thread. Should go over there and continue the discussion. Civil rights is always a worthy topic.
  11. Breakout: Ron Brown and religion

    In this case, your burning building = your antiquated thought process on this topic that is leaving you in the dark ages while the rest of society moves forward. I love you enough as a human being to tell you that it is time to evolve, brother.
  12. Sorry, I was banging away at the keyboard already when you posted this. Totally agree.
  13. If I may, let's compare Tom Osborne to Ron Brown. Tom Osborne has long worn his Christian faith on his sleeve and was never shy about using Christianity in his coaching or in his public speaking. I recall as a freshman at UNL, Dr. Tom gave a speech at the Lied Center to the incoming students, and there was quite a bit pf preachiness about morality and such, but he did not cross the line into marginalizing or excluding people based on a certain demographic. If I were a betting man, knowing that Tom Osborne is an older, conservative, devout Christian, I would bet that perhaps he shares some of Ron Brown's views on homosexuality. But Tom Osborne is a smart man who practices good judgment and takes care not to make controversial statements or to single out entire classes of people. I, and many others, are quite tolerant of Tom Osborne's religion and his politics, even if there are things that I might disagree with. Ron Brown on the other hand, said what he said out loud, in public, using the weight of his public persona, and did not apologize. He can believe what he wants, and once again has done plenty of great things on and off the football field. Nobody wants Christians segregated, vocal or not. That is simply dramatic hyperbole. But vocal Christians certainly have avenues to express their faith without stomping on the rights of others.
  14. Oh...this kind of crap is always great. Look, most people in this thread have made it clear that he is free to be as Christian as he wanna be, and that he has done loads of good things with his ministry. The vast majority of us are perfectly tolerant of his religion. It is when he uses this platform to express hate that it needs to stop. He publicly advocated for LGBTQ to not have the same rights and protections as others, and he said that if the city council voted for such protections they would be judged by Jesus for their sins. We are all entitled to our own thoughts and prejudices, and diversity among all of us, whether it be thought, race, sexual orientation, religion, whatever, is a beautiful thing. But being intolerant of others' intolerance is not pitiful, nor is it ironic. Live and let live. Treat others as you would want to be treated. Do not infringe on other peoples' rights and liberties. These are guidelines that good people should live by. Ron Brown forgot some of that in his little speech. That hurts people. It excludes people. That is not what UNL is supposed to stand for. That is not what our justice system is supposed to stand for.
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