10 Things to Ban Along with Gone With the Wind and The Confederate Flag

Washington, DC (TFC) – The United States has finally come to its senses and will begin legislating good taste and ban controversial material before it can kill or maim someone. The United States has finally moved into the company of other great nations that have engaged in this type of absolutely necessary censorship. We would like to add some suggestions to the list of items to be banned in the future.

Mien Kampf: It’s a book written by Adolf Hitler. It’s full of hate and racism. Obviously, there is nothing we could ever possibly learn as a nation from the writings of someone that dominated a country through evil propaganda.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: While some consider his work to be great literature, it is full of blatant racism. It even uses the N-word.

The Qu’ran: No book in recent memory has inspired so much terror in the United States. It’s obviously evil.

The Bible: It is filled to the brim with instances of slavery, rape, murder, and incest. This book was at the center of crazy religious cults from Jamestown to the Waco.

The Catcher in the Rye: It’s a book filled with profanity, sexuality, and drinking. Additionally, many murderers had this book among their possessions.

Lolita: A novel about a pedophile. This is another example of people hiding behind free speech to exercise their darkest desires and fantasies.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: There is a very graphic rape scene that very well may upset survivors of sexual assault. This triggering novel and movie should be removed immediately.

Harry Potter: Do our children really need to be saddled with a bunch of nonsense about magic and dragons? Obviously this needs to go as well.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: While this book’s powerful message might have some redeeming qualities, it needs to be removed for its depictions of childhood rape and other strong sexual content.

Of Mice and Men: This book mocks Christians, the mentally disabled, and just about everybody else. Why would this nation allow such an offensive book to be published?


Is TFC serious about this list?

Of course not. We’re proving a point. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees two things. First, it protects your right to speak your mind and worship as you choose, but it also guarantees that at some point in your life you will be offended. The Freedom of Speech is designed to protect offensive speech. Weather reports do not need First Amendment protections. Popular speech does not need the First Amendment. Only the most vile and offensive speech needs the protection of the First Amendment. If people can only express opinions that are considered popular by the masses, it’s time to burn the Constitution.

Whether or not the Confederate flag should fly over government property is a topic worthy of discussion. If it’s done in a historical sense, such as locations that display every flag the state has existed under, it’s important to keep it flying. If it’s hoisted by racist legislators that are maintaining a desire to continue white supremacy, it should come down.

Cropped screenshot of Vivien Leigh from the trailer for the film Gone with the Wind Author Vivien_Leigh_Gone_Wind2.jpg: Trailer screenshot derivative work: The Photographer (talk)

Cropped screenshot of Vivien Leigh from the trailer for the film Gone with the Wind
Vivien_Leigh_Gone_Wind2.jpg: Trailer screenshot
derivative work: The Photographer (talk)

Symbolism is important to retaining a clear memory of history, and there is no clearer example of this than the fight over the “Confederate Flag.” I’ve got news for you: the flag that you associate as the “Confederate Flag,” isn’t. It never was. That was a flag used by the Confederate military to distinguish their troops from Union troops because the Confederate flag looked too much like the American flag. Later, the design some people find offensive was incorporated in two other versions of the Confederate flag. Why do we associate the “Battle Flag” with racism? It doesn’t have a whole lot to do with the Confederacy. It was used by the Ku Klux Klan almost 100 years later in opposition to civil rights. The flag cannot be “banned” for the same reason it is so offensive. It reminds people of the horror of slavery and the Jim Crow era.

When an 18-year-old Jew sees a swastika, he knows what it means. He wasn’t alive during World War II, he probably doesn’t know anybody that was in a death camp, and he never had to wear a yellow star on his clothes; but that symbol is burned into his cultural memory. He sees it and thinks “Never again.” It reminds him that at one time, a government existed that was so heinous that millions died. It reminds him that it could happen again. It reminds him that one of the first things that government did was begin to curtail symbols and ideas that it disagreed with. Hopefully, the symbol of the swastika will forever offend Jews and remind them of the dangers of an overreaching government. By offending them and reminding them, the symbol of the swastika can prevent a Fourth Reich.

We cannot “ban” this flag anymore than we can ban the books listed above. Slavery and the Jim Crow era cannot be swept aside and erased from our historical memory. Remembering that era is the only thing that can prevent it from happening again.

On a sidenote: Every one of the books above is a best seller. When you attempt to ban an item, you create a market for it. Thanks to the misguided efforts to ban the Confederate flag, what was an outdated symbol barely in circulation, has become an edgy way for people to show they are non-comformists (by doing the same thing everyone else is). We will see more rebel flags in the years to come than we ever saw prior to this campaign.