The Battle Of The Confederate Flag At The University Of Mississippi

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Yell, "Are You Ready?" at community gathering events and University of Mississippi students, staff, faculty, alumni, and fans will yell back "Hell Yeah! Damn Right! Hotty Toddy, Gosh Almighty, Who The Hell Are We? Hey! Flim Flam, Bim Bam! Ole Miss By Damn!" This chant of glee has become engrained into the heritage of the University of Mississippi, and the phrase ‘hotty toddy’ has become as common as a ‘hello.’ Although there is much to celebrate at the university, there is an equal amount of fanfare over racially divisive traditions. The majority of these traditions are due to the geographical location of the university and its support of the confederate army during the Civil War. This essentially married the university to symbols of the…show more content…
According to Rawls, citizens, or campus community members in this case, must work toward creating equality for the disadvantage. Therefore, I first argue that community members should have the liberty to not have to be constantly reminded of their social, political, and economic oppression. To this end, I hone in on self-respect as a liberty that these traditions do not allow. Then, I analyze the 2013 Diversity Matters: The University of Mississippi Diversity Plan to illustrate how administrators are envisioning the universities continued departure from the confederacy. My aim is to show how the university is working toward Rawls’ second principle of justice with the proposed plan. Traditions and Self-Respect The university has worked to distance itself from its confederacy past in order to “create, evaluate, share, and apply knowledge in a free, open, and inclusive environment of intellectual inquiry,” states the university’s mission. The first principle of justice includes the notion that, “each person has the same indefeasible claim to a fully adequate scheme of equal basic liberties,” (Rawls 42) which include: freedom of basic rights and liberties (i.e., thought and conscience); freedom of movement and choice of occupations, the ability to hold positions of authority, the right to an income and wealth, and access to the social
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