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Wednesday April 14th

Letter: ​Refusing to pledge only divides America


In wake of ongoing issues affecting our country, refusing to pledge to our flag is a tactic sought after by various groups. This form of protesting an issue is both unsuitable and offensive.

The Campus Y Executive Board wrote to students in an email informing us of various ways to protest.

It reads, “we will remain seated during the national anthem.”

This is contradictory with what the Campus Y claims to “honor the communities that enrich and strengthen our work.”

Refusing to pledge to our flag is not honoring the nation; it is opposing the nation and what it claims to be true.

When people refuse to pledge to our flag, they are rejecting the idea of justice, which betters us all as citizens. This rejection equates to not believing that we, as Americans, can combat issues that affect us all.

I question:

Why give up on a nation-wide undertaking?

My home county is a prime example of working together when adversary events occur.

Just recently, Bertie County suffered from high levels of flooding. The people there have now started to work together in repairing homes. It is a project that requires collective work, not individual work.

We must work together as a nation to combat injustices occurring within our nation.

When people refuse to pledge, they object to working together as a nation.

A project on this level requires all Americans working together peacefully and civilly.

United we stand, divided we fall.

Clint Conner


History, political science

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