Perhaps it is time to revisit the First Amendment, with the view toward prohibiting or restricting the use of those symbols that promote hate.
The right to peacefully assemble should be a given, as is the right to speak, write or publish our sentiments. But does that right expend to openly using those symbols that promote discord (i.e. Confederate flag) and, in the extreme, the ideals that our young fought and died to defend this country and the rest of the world against (i.e. Nazism)?
I don’t think the First Amendment was meant to permit the use of offensive, abrasive and hateful symbols of any kind.
Eric W. Pantsari