Jacob Green, a student at Millennium High School in Goodyear, Arizona claims that he was assaulted by another student because of the Confederate flag he flies on his truck, and his parents are calling it a “hate crime,” reports MyFoxPhoenix.com.
The school district suspended both students involved in the altercation for five days, but Green, who claims he’s “not a racist person,” believes he did nothing wrong:
“I’ve done nothing wrong. I’ve flown a flag on my truck.. somebody fought me because of it. I didn’t fight him. I was walking around like a normal person. He confronted me, he hit me first.. I was defending myself.”
The school rightfully banned Green from displaying the flag at school, something he calls a violation of his rights.
“Basically, they’re taking away my First Amendment right of freedom of speech,” he said.
Though the Confederate flag is a racist symbol steeped in the blood, sweat and tears of slaves who were forced to build this country on their backs, Green, blissfully wrapped in his cocoon of White privilege, says that everyone just has it wrong.
“Well, the flag means basically more independence, less government,” Green said. “It didn’t mean racism, it didn’t mean slavery, it didn’t mean any of that. It basically meant what they were fighting for was their right to be independent and not have the government control them.”
Green’s parents are considering filing a police report against the school. In the mean time, he claims that he will not stop flying the flag, despite the school’s ban:
“I’m not gonna take the flag off my truck for somebody telling me to do it. I believe in independence. That’s something I want to do independently.”
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