From Confederate Flags to Native American Paintings: A Deeper Look at Freedom of Speech and Racial Reconciliation

  • University of Wisconsin-Stout MSC Ballroom A & B Menominee, WI 54751 United States

There is a tension in America between two important public goods—freedom and equality. While freedom cannot be completely unrestricted (or people would be free to kill one another), it is dangerous to restrict freedom thoughtlessly (or we risk despotism). In light of this long standing tension and our current social and political climate of racial tension, how should we grapple with confederate flags and Native American paintings? These things are grounded in some ugly chapters of our history, but history that we should seek to understand. This presentation and discussion is designed to help us all navigate the gray space as we seek to preserve freedom of speech and a path to racial reconciliation.