Replying to: KNtoran I had something typed up but I decided against posting it, because I think you're a well meaning guy - if hopelessly wrong, in my opinion. Suffice it to say that it is not us who are the problem, but the people who think that it is their right and duty to enforce total cultural and ideological homogeneity. Again, I doubt you'd smile and thank those hundreds of millions of Chinese men and women for giving you "Change", in my hypothetical scenario. Your friends, while probably decent people, are not my countrymen and are not good transplants if they can't respect the people whose land they moved to. All of the talk about "Unity" and "Change" means nothing to me when it coincides with destroying the physical manifestations of my people, and our culture. Those statues and flags are a proxy for us, pure and simple. I have no duty to love an empire that hates me and mine, and then calls it "Unity". And it is hate, otherwise you wouldn't see southerners being the only group that it's OK to mock and ridicule and you wouldn't see people demanding that only we change while everyone else is encouraged to embrace themselves.
Replying to: Daishain excuse me for finding your remarks dubious as well. You've presented nothing but a dishonest argument. The Klan used the American flag extensively too. The vast majority of slave ships flew an American flag. Most of first dozen presidents owned slaves. So I guess that means you have got to give up the constitution, old glory, and start tearing down every monument in D.C. - it's all anti-civil rights! Give me a break. Remember when the Polish lost two wars and then were annexed by the Russian, Prussian, and Austro-Hungarian empires? It was more than a century before they became a nation-state again. Losing a war doesn't erase your ethnicity, nor does it erase your culture. If it did then the Jews definitely aren't a people, after millennia of exodus. What about the Coptic people of Egypt? They don't have their own state - do they exist? The Kurds?