Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Rainbow Flag More Offensive Than Confederate Flag?


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A new poll released this week points to troubling public perception surrounding the rainbow flag, historically understood as a symbol of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement.

Public Policy Polling found that the Americans polled were more offended by the rainbow flag than the confederate flag.

The results stem from two questions presented to 649 American voters: "Do you think high school students should be allowed to wear confederate flags to school, or not?" and "Do you think high school students should be allowed to wear gay pride flags to school, or not?"

42 percent of the voters polled defined themselves as "somewhat conservative" and 34 percent said they were "very conservative," while only 3 percent stated they were "somewhat liberal" and 20 percent identified as "moderate."

Public Policy Polling found that 43 percent of people feel high school students should be allowed to wear confederate flags to school, while only 28 percent felt students should be able to sport the Pride flag. A whopping 57 percent of those polled felt that high schoolers shouldn't be allowed to wear gay flags to school.
Of course we need to be wary of polls like this... 649 is a TINY number compared to the actual population of America... and 650 people from San Francisco CA are going to have very different views than 650 people from Montgomery Alabama who in turn will have differnt views than say 650 people from Chicago Illinois. 

So, while we can take the whole thing with a grain of salt.... the lesson here is that ours is a country devided and that we still have a lot of work to do before we attain true equality.

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