President Donald Trump considered the Confederate flag to be protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as part of freedom of speech.
He also implied that the right to free speech goes beyond the tastes of citizens, and provides clarity on the issue he compared the case of the Confederate flag to the Black Lives Matter.
“Whether it’s just Confederate flags or Black Lives Matter … It’s freedom of speech” President Trump told CBS News in a July 11 White House interview.
“My attitude is freedom of speech. Very strong views on the Confederate flag. With me, it’s freedom of speech. Very simple. Like it, don’t like it, it’s freedom of speech,” Trump reiterated.
The theme of the Confederate flag and many of the patriotic monuments and symbols of U.S. history became relevant because of their connection to the era of slavery in the United States.
The death in police custody of the African American George Floyd, which occurred in Minnesota on May 25, generated massive “anarchist” demonstrations that ended in looting in many cities and the destruction of many monuments by linking them to the era of slavery.
Some African American rights advocates claim that the Confederate flag represents a time in national history when African Americans suffered from slavery and racial discrimination.
The First Amendment guarantees freedoms of religion, speech, assembly, and petition.
From the claims of the protests, many of the institutions in the country were pressured to remove and change the symbols that somehow represented slavery, amid great controversy.
For example, the flag of the state of Mississippi will be redesigned by removing the Confederate icon it contains, according to the Washington Post.
The Navy also banned the Confederate battle flag from public spaces on facilities, ships, and aircraft, confirmed Adm. Mike Gilday, the U.S. Navy’s chief of naval operations, through a tweet.
Today, I directed my staff to begin crafting an order that would prohibit the Confederate battle flag from all public spaces and work areas aboard Navy installations, ships, aircraft and submarines.
— USNavyCNO (@USNavyCNO) June 9, 2020