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A high school in the tiny Montana town of Livingston (population 7,044) has banned the Confederate flag from school property after the school enrolled its one and only black student. Get ready for the predictable shitstorm of butthurt neo-Confederate morons crying about white genocide and the like, although things at the school itself seem to be calming down.

Shortly after Darius Ivory, 19, began attending Park High School in April, a 17-year-old white student reportedly threatened to drag Ivory behind his truck, at least according to the student rumor mill. You know, the way white kids sometimes joke around. Vice Principal Tim Gauthier spoke to the white kid, who denied having threatening Ivory, but happily acknowledged not liking black people one little bit, because he’s from Missouri and being a racist was like his cultural heritage and stuff:

“He comes out and said he doesn’t like black people and is racist,” Gauthier said. “In my 20 years as an educator, I’d never heard someone admit they were racist.”

The 17-year-old was raised in Missouri and had a bad perception of black people, Gauthier said. The student was warned there would be consequences if the behavior continued. The 17-year-old’s mother told Gauthier later that she said the family did not share their son’s beliefs.

At least not in public when somebody asks, for heaven’s sake. This might be a good place to mention that the black population of Livingston is .03 percent.

A couple weeks later, on April 22, the same student drove to school with a Treason Flag flying from his truck, because it’s about heritage, not hate or something. Who knows what he could possibly have been thinking? As it happens, another student — by “really bad coincidence,” says Gauthier, who is either very naïve or very gullible — also showed up flying a Confederate flag from their vehicle that day. At some point during the school day, another student removed the flag from the first student’s truck and burned it, according to a video shown to police by the 17-year-old’s father, according to Livingston Police Chief Dale Johnson. That student may be cited for theft and destruction of property.

Things were getting a bit nuts, so school administrators suspended the 17-year-old — who had been warned, after all — and announced the Confederate flag wouldn’t be welcome on school property anymore. An email sent to parents explained the flags had disrupted the school day, and that “most classes had to devote class time to address student concerns and anger,” so no more flags of a nonexistent nation that lost a war 150 years ago, please (we’re paraphrasing very freely there).

Outraged students started complaining about the oppression of their free speech rights, and every single Facebook account in town (as many as twenty, we guess) exploded with anger on one side or another. Eventually a bunch of students drove to school with the Flag of Southern Shame on their trucks, which they pointedly parked off school grounds, across the street.

“The second group didn’t do it for racial reasons,” Gauthier said. “They did it because they were angry at the ban.”

Uh-huhh. Just listen to these Free Speech arguments from one of the protesting students:

“It’s basically a protest of it being banned from school grounds,” said Sam Rockafellow, a Park High sophomore and lifelong Livingston resident who flew a Confederate flag from his pickup truck Friday. “They are trying to ban it from America altogether.”

“I would say it’s history,” Rockafellow said of the Confederate flag. “Getting rid of this from the history books would be a big ol’ slap in the face to America.”

Rockafellow said he’s received “dirty looks from people” and heard people whispering about his flag flying.

“People would consider me a racist for having this flag. I think the exact opposite,” he said. “The exact opposite is being kind to every religion and race. Everyone gets a fair shake in my book.”

Yup. Asking people not to wave a symbol of racism in the face of black people is exactly the same as razoring passages out of the history books.

For his part, Darius Ivory says he isn’t especially bothered by the Confederate flag. He moved to Livingston from Houston, and has seen a Confederate flag or two already. He even had one on his phone for a while, so go figure. He says “I don’t see anything racist about it,” and that it’s just an expression of Southern pride.

“I don’t see it as a bad thing,” he said. “I’m not a slave, and it takes way more than flying a flag to faze me.”

Which pretty much underlines the fact that this is a story about high school kids who still have a hell of a lot to learn about American history. Still, let us pause a moment and praise the Billings Gazette for spelling “faze” correctly while quoting Ivory.

And there’s even some good to come out of the whole kerfuffle, perhaps: Ivory says that on the whole he feels very welcome and supported at the school, and that he has talked with the kid who had made the racist remarks:

“[Ivory] asked to meet with the boy who had made the comments,” Gauthier said. “They ended up talking for over an hour. It was interesting. I mean the student didn’t pull any punches; he was clear about what he thought.”

Ivory said when he spoke with the 17-year-old student and heard where he’d grown up and his experiences with black people, he understood where he was coming from. Since then, he has made a point to continue to spend time with the student. Though the 17-year-old dropped out following his suspension, he returned to school Monday — something that didn’t bother Ivory.

“We’ve hung out a couple times,” Ivory said. “He is a cool kid. I like him.”

So, hey, that sounds like either a little improvement, maybe. Would have been nice to hear the racist 17-year-old white brat was moved to change his perspective. If you wanted to be cynical — we won’t pretend to read minds — Ivory’s comments could also sound like the one black kid in school smiling politely and saying everything’s fine, you bet. Should be very interesting to read Ivory’s college essays in a few years.

The school district hosted a community meeting Tuesday, and while Gauthier says there was tension between pro- and anti-flag factions (and let’s give credit to the fact that there IS an anti-Confederate presence!), he believes most people understood why the flag was banned. The ban will remain in place until the end of the school year, and oh dear, here goes our cynicism reflex again, we’re going to assume that next fall it won’t be needed because Darius Ivory will have graduated by then? Shame on us for ever thinking such things.

[Billings Gazette / Livingston Enterprise / Helenaire.com Hat tip to Wonkette Operative “G.L.”]

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  • OneYieldRegular

    Eventually a bunch of students drove to school with the Flag of Southern Shame on their trucks, which they pointedly parked off school grounds, across the street.

    Worst. College admissions essay. EVAR.

    • James Guillory

      Unless one is applying to Liberty University.

      • SDGeoff

        That could earn you a full scholarship.

      • Iam Reading

        Or Bob jones

      • beavertank

        “Sir! Sir! We just received an admissions essay from someone who is clearly not very bright but would happily die on an extremely stupid hill defending a long-lost cause that no sane person can even stand let alone agree with! I know we’ve given out all our scholarships this year already, but I think we need to make an exception for this one…”

        • r m reddicks

          Would that be calvary hill? Or something more to do with Jeb Stuart?

        • theCryptofishist

          There’s always the provost’s emergency scholarship, isn’t there?

  • Fartknocker

    Darius is the smartest person in this story. I’m sorry he’s having to deal with this but I’m not surprised. I suspect the antagonizer has a “Make America Great Again” trucker hat.

    • The Wanderer

      I harbor some hope for his generation as a result.

    • Buzz1313

      Darius is doing what a lot of black kids do in overwhelmingly white situations. You don’t want to seem angry or reactionary or make yourself a target, so you extend olive branches and give the benefit of the doubt. Had he threatened drag me behind his truck, however, the next he’d have found it mysteriously vandalized. Either that or I would have hidden gay porn in his locker.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Oh, fuck this shit. Just fuck it.

  • YouBetcha

    That is one easygoing kid. “Yeah, you know, he had a confederate flag, and a shotgun, and a swastika, but you know, the swastika was once a symbol for peace, so like, whatever man. We shared some curly fries at Sonic, we’re good.”

  • Treg.Brown

    “that it’s just an expression of Southern pride.”

    To this day, I still don’t get what the South has to be proud of.
    Moonshine maybe?

  • MrBlobfish

    Do people have Confederate flags just lying around in the back of the junk drawer, like crazy glue, ready to pull it out at a moment’s notice?

    • Treg.Brown

      Hung in the living room over the couch.

    • Msmlg1979

      I hesitate to post this, but….There is a Confederate Flag vendor, yes, you read that correctly, who sets up a roadside booth in my home town every Saturday. Some are plain, some have things like skulls wearing bandanas on them, and other redneck accoutrements. Sigh.

      • Vermonty Python

        Buy enough of them to decorate your bedroom-boudoir!

        • Msmlg1979

          Maybe make a dress and matching shoes and bag.

          • Vermonty Python

            And… a sexy nightie. Appropriate for Southern Heritage enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes.

      • Lance Thrustwell

        That’s the thing they don’t understand about epithets and symbols – you can’t make one inoffensive just by willing it to be. In a few hundred years, maybe the Confederate battle flag will be seen as just another historical curiosity, no more offensive than, say, a St. George’s Cross is today.

        But we’re just not there yet. They are deliberately obtuse about that.

        • Wee Mousie

          St. George’s Cross would still be offensive today if there were still any dragons extant.

      • MrBlobfish

        I’d assume you are in The South, but I’ve seen pickups here in NJ with the Stars ‘n Bars flying proudly.

        • Msmlg1979

          My hometown is in TN. I live in NC. Racism is everywhere.

        • Blank Ron

          I’ve seen it Up Here, FFS. If it makes any kind of sense I’ve yet to see it.

      • HogeyeGrex

        The acme of southern high culture.

    • Angela Ruzzo

      You can buy one in any novelty store.

    • Ian

      I was definitely thinking the same thing. Also, too, what company makes those fuckin’ things still, and can they please stop.

    • doktorzoom

      It took this guy two weeks to put his on his truck, so I’d guess mail order.

      • Latverian Diplomat

        Rural Free Delivery is changing everything these days!

  • JustPixelz

    Wait’ll Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed Hussein ISIS Obama enrolls.

  • memzilla

    • Jonny On Maui

      Thank you! IASST!

      • memzilla

        Yes, I would buy this and put it the boys stalls, because troublemaker!

        • r m reddicks

          They’ll have to check your crotch first.

    • TheBidenator

      Does it come in Reagan face? Now that would be awesome as well.

      • SadDemInTex

        I would gladly shit on Reagan’s face. I hope that fucker is rotting in the hell I don’t believe in.

        • Wee Mousie

          A little advice from someone who actually had to use a chamber pot one winter. You have to clean it out, eventually, also, too.

          Talk it over with a practical nurse.

          • SadDemInTex

            Of course…I’ve used one before.

          • Wee Mousie

            Very likely, but it depends upon how used it was.

            Chamber pots used to also be known as Thundermugs, for obvious reasons, and until you have had to removes night-soil stuccoed against the inner surface, applied under a high pressure, your gag reflex hasn’t really undergone a thorough testing.

    • Angela Ruzzo

      My mother told me that during WWII you could buy a chamber pot with Hitler’s face inside on the bottom, so you could “piss on Hitler.” You could also get one with Tojo’s face. I almost regret we don’t use chamber pots anymore, ’cause this image would come in useful there.

      • theCryptofishist

        Someone can scour estate sales and antique stores and obtain same. Or ebay…

        • Angela Ruzzo

          You can find them, but they’re fairly rare in mint condition, and quite expensive, because everyone took great pleasure in taking theirs outside in 1945 and smashing it to bits, according to my parents.

          • theCryptofishist

            That’s a neat bit of social history. I wonder if someone will start making replicas.

          • Angela Ruzzo

            Most Americans wouldn’t know a chamber pot from a flower pot. I took a tour of a southern plantation a few years ago, and the guide held up a pretty pot and asked the visitors what it was. I was the only person who guessed correctly – a Wedgwood chamber pot.

          • theCryptofishist

            We’re pretty bad at history, and maybe even worse at social history.

  • GunToting[Redacted]

    Everyone knows how much Montana contributed to the Confederacy.

  • Marceline

    “At some point during the school day, another student removed the flag from the first student’s truck and burned it, according to a video shown to police by the 17-year-old’s father, according to Livingston Police Chief Dale Johnson. That student may be cited for theft and destruction of property.”

    He may also become a giant fucking hero on the internet if we get his name. Seriously, keep track of this so we can make sure he doesn’t have to pay a dime.

  • Mpeg

    The 17-year-old’s fellow racism-expressive buddies, upon learning some even-keeled dialogue had transpired between their troublemaking friend and Mr. Ivory, proceeded to fly their Confederate truck flags at half-mast.

  • beavertank

    …is that entire school populated by southern transplants? I knew rural Montana was an awful, awful place, but those kids are all Louisiana stupid.

    • mardam422

      Are you serious? Ever been to the Alabama section of Pennsylvania?

      • beavertank

        Thankfully, no. Through blind luck I managed to go most of my life without realizing that otherwise sane places hold pustules of stupid like that in them.

        …thanks for bursting my bubble, world.

      • Iam Reading

        You guys got a good portion of Idaho Aryan nation trash after they were sued into bankruptcy

        • mardam422

          I went to a fourth of July regatta in northern PA a few years ago. EVERY boat/float on the river had a Confederate Flag on it. I’m not joking. And that doesn’t even count the ones on pickup trucks.

      • cynmac

        Pennsytucky!

    • Logic of Color

      True fact, my wife’s brothers (x2) were born and raised in Santa Clara, yet in their 20s inexplicably started speaking with a southern-type drawl. I would occasionally remind them that they’re not southerners but they would just laugh it off.

      • beavertank

        Simultaneous strokes?

        • Logic of Color

          Not sure. I think it was just easier to be grammatically lazy that way.

  • Iam Reading

    Soiling the image of Gene Wilder with the word, conrederate, gives me a sad

  • Anarchy Pony

    Pretty sure that Montana is not in the South… Yet has confederates… Dafuq?

    • sw19womble

      Hint: the Treason Flag is not about the South anymore.

      • Anarchy Pony

        Yeah, I know. Which makes me fucking seethe. Every time I see one I wanna go home and get my aluminum baseball bat.

        • Logic of Color

          and take out your aggressions at the batting cage?

          • sw19womble

            I loved that scene in Life Or Something Like It.

          • Anarchy Pony

            Sure, let’s go with that…

        • OddMan

          I’m more old fashioned, I like good old Hickory, although for bat speed Maple is good also.

          • r m reddicks

            You can’t go wrong with ash.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        It’s the adopted flag of White Supremacists everywhere.

    • Iam Reading

      Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and eastern Oregon and Washington inherited a number of confederates. Some were confederates who didn’t want to fight, others came after the war. We have Notus, Idaho which is short for not US, Secesh, Idaho wich is how morons spell secession, and Confederate Gulch, and Dixie. All of northern idaho is populated with neoconfederates, many from Orange County, California

      • theCryptofishist

        Ah, keep on giving to the world, Orange, and making the rest of us Californians feel awkward.

  • Jay Vaughn

    No, dumbass, it’s not a slap in the face to America to ban treason flag, it’s a slap in the face to fly it. fuckwad.

  • sw19womble

    Someone should start selling Atlanta In Flames flags. See how proud people are of their “history” then.

    • r m reddicks

      Tryin’ to fuckin’ rile them up are ya’?

  • Master Contrail Program

    Sure, there’s a few rabble-rousers in the student body, but the athletic program is top-notch!

    • Ian

      My alma matar! You should have SEEN the queens on the football team my senior year. gurrrrrrrl.

    • Wee Mousie

      Butt Pirates? What sort of an offense do they field?

  • weejee

    Sigh…always with the free dumbs.

  • SessileRaptor

    Next year the school will be like “You can read, write and do basic math, congratulations your’re graduating early because you’re the best student we’ve ever had and we have nothing more to teach you!”

    “No, seriously… You’re the best we’ve ever had. We’re terrible at teaching, it’s a real problem. Run, get out while you can.”

  • sw19womble

    Remind me to diplay my Grand Union Flag proudly on my next road trip. I mean, if defeated enemies of the US are now considered “heritage”.
    Make America Great (Britain) Again!

    • Tansy Geek

      Where I live, Grand Union is a declining, somewhat grubby chain of grocery stores. I don’t know if they have flag but would probably say “We’re cheaper than the gas station out on the Interstate.”

      • TheoLib

        Haven’t heard the name of that chain in decades. There used to be a Grand Union near us where I grew up in Maryland.

  • FauxAntocles

    Kind of scraping the bottom of the barrel when you have to take pride in being racists, traitors and losers.

    • sw19womble

      But if you take that away from them, they have nothing left!

      • FauxAntocles

        True – maybe they could make some effort to have something else to be proud of…

      • Belasaurius

        meth labs and trailer homes?

        • r m reddicks

          Oxy?

    • FauxAntocles

      And 2 out of 3 of those happened before your great-grandparents were born.

      • Anarchy Pony

        I’m pretty sure they’re all still all three.

        • Wee Mousie

          And take pride in being racists, traitors and bigots. It’s just that they usually communicate this pride with symbols and dog whistles.

  • “Getting rid of this from the history books would be a big ol’ slap in the face to America.”

    The 364,000 young American men who died to destroy that fucking flag of treason would disagree with you, young man.

    • beavertank

      Someone should probably tell him that it’s ok to slap the Confederate States of America, because they lost their treasonous war and no longer exist.

      • Wee Mousie

        Except for the Confederatos in Brazil, who by 1950 had so inter-married with the Brazilians that they wouldn’t have been allowed to sit at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C.

        • beavertank

          O sul aumentará outra vez!

          • Wee Mousie

            Just don’t say that in Texas.

            They don’t cotton to foreigners.

    • Angela Ruzzo

      I disagree slightly. It’s proper place IS in the history books, and nowhere else. Since they don’t teach history properly, it could go completely unnoticed there.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Next week he’ll be flying the 14th Amendment from his truck, no doubt. ‘Cause, you know, history man!

  • Belasaurius

    i keep telling my Vietnamese neighbor that his North Vietnam flag is just a symbol of his heritage and he should run it up the flagpole. He does not believe me (reminder, I live in Texas)

  • JMP

    “I would say it’s history,” Rockafellow said of the Confederate flag. “Getting rid of this from the history books would be a big ol’ slap in the face to America.”

    How would getting rid of the flag of the worst traitors in American history be a slap in the face to America? Fuck, the treason flag is a giant slap in the face to America.

    • r m reddicks

      He just forgot to say the Confederate States thereof. He’s a kid. He’ll learn.

      • Amalga

        Or not.

  • Jenny

    No worries, everyone will love him when they want him to play for the Grizzlies.

  • IdRatherBeDancing

    I lived in St Louis for three years and Missouri is one of the most mother-fucking racist assed places I have ever been, and I grew up in Oklahoma!

    • proudgrampa

      Yeah, my dad was from Jeff City and he was pretty fucking racist.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        Jeff City has its own unique problems. My mother was an Italian Catholic and she lived there for a year in the 1950’s, and German Catholic people wouldn’t wait on her in stores, and the local parish wouldn’t let her children enroll in their school, because she was Italian and olive-skinned.

        • Latverian Diplomat

          I’m sure it’s better now. No doubt the rift between Germans and Italians was healed by the arrival of some Puerto Ricans.

          • Angela Ruzzo

            Not sure it’s THAT much better now. I worked there in the 80’s and when my coworkers found out I had black friends, I was called an N-lover to my face. That kind of attitude doesn’t die. I found a better job.

          • Latverian Diplomat

            Oh sure, I was mostly just setting up the joke. Although I suspect things are better for Italians who don’t have black friends. :-(

        • theCryptofishist

          My (child of) Polish (immigrants) grandfather learned to stay out of the German neighborhoods of Buffalo, NY, the hard way…
          something, something, melting pot, irony

    • Angela Ruzzo

      I grew up in Missouri and lived in St. Louis for 20 years, and you are right. But with most people in Missouri it’s in the closet, they would never come out and say in public they are racist. They like to talk about the “inner city element.” The part of Missouri I live in now is called “Little Dixie” for a reason.

      • IdRatherBeDancing

        St Louis might as well be in Mississippi, it is so segregated. When the whole Michael Brown thing erupted, I was like “Ya, not surprised.” I did like Washington University though

        • Angela Ruzzo

          It was a very pleasant place to live 30 years ago, if you were white. Good jobs, good shopping, good universities, affordable housing, good highways, good hospitals. But yes, very segregated. Now it’s dying.

      • Playonwords

        Or “Thugs” I’d guess

    • mancityfooty .
  • Lance Thrustwell

    I probably stole this from a Wonkette poster, so forgive the repost, but I think this is a pretty funny flag. He shoulda been waving this one:

    • Msmlg1979

      Confusion abounds!

  • Logic of Color

    Darius should run for sheriff after he graduates

  • Beowoof14

    I know basic education is screwed in this country when kids don’t know that is the flag of traitors to the country. And how do kids in Montana feel the need to wave the flag of southern pride?

  • proudgrampa

    Darius sounds like a gentleman and a scholar. If that other asshat kid had half of Darius’ maturity, the world would be a better place.

    • mancityfooty .

      You do sound like one of my grandafthers.
      He was a machinist in Ft Scott, Kansas. One of his blah coworkers stopped by his house to ask him a question about work.
      My grandfather proceeded to show him the house knowing the old and racist woman next door was watching everything.
      As the story goes, as soon as he left, she was at the back fence.
      “Why did you let that blah person in your house?”
      “We’re looking to sell and he’s looking at buying.”

      My grandfather’s sense of humor, ladies and germs.
      Thank you, I’ll be here all week.

      • proudgrampa

        Oh, I do think I love your grandpa!

  • Painter of Goats

    That new kid is ebony and ivory. Mind. Blown.

    • TheBidenator

      Living together in perfect harmony, also….he’s a hell of a lot more mature than I was at his age. I just hope he was bullshitting about not seeing the Confederate flag as a racist symbol because man, he’s got SO much to learn. A slide show of black people being hanged by Klansmen who wave around the Confederate flag might help…so would some history courses.

  • TheBidenator

    Darius Ivory is either an amazing MLK type of person who greats racism the actual way Christ told Christians to greet it or he’s a burgeoning Allen West and will happily hang out with skinheads…..

    • Frank Underboob

      Or he knows that not playing nice with the ethnicity that makes up more than 99% of the population around him could get him beaten or killed.

      • Serai 1

        Or he just doesn’t give a shit and just wants to get his diploma.

        • Frank Underboob

          That too.

  • bluicebank

    There was nothing left to protest at our high school, being as The Nam was over, racists went into hiding, … basically the Dirty Fucking Hippies made it all very boring for us agitators without a cause.

    So school parking became THE ISSUE, with which we threw our hearts into, because teachers got the plum lot, seniors got the other best spaces … blah blah.

    If any Johnny rebs parked off campus with their rebel flags, their parking spaces would have been lost, as in fought over until the last muscle car standing. And then we’d pull the distributor wires on the rebel trucks.

    • r m reddicks

      It’s always useful to put on your mechanic’s badge when faced with idiots. Be it a coppish parking lot as they head out for a protest beatdown or a treasony bunch of pickup trucks. (I’m not sure there’s that much difference.)

  • AngryBlakGuy

    …that kid handled it better than I would’ve. Racism isn’t genetic its learned, a kid doesn’t wake up on his 13th birthday and decide that he wants to be a bigot. That being said that kids parents have every right to raise their kid as ignorantly as they want, but that doesn’t mean the school district has to accept it. To be honest the most disturbing part is the African American student being so numb to that heinous, rancid, disgusting symbol of oppression that he could have it on his “phone”.

    • mancityfooty .

      Go along to get along is no way to live.

      • cynmac

        If he’s 19, then he’s a senior so it’s short-term. Hopefully.

        • mancityfooty .

          Just wait ’til he gets to the big city

  • Mimihaha

    Does everyone in Montana drive a truck?

    • Belasaurius

      they hand them out at the border.

    • TheoLib

      More specifically, it sounds like every student has a truck.

  • Playonwords

    … the black population of Livingston is .03 percent

    Total population 7044 so 0.03% is 2 people, which would be Darius and one of his parents.

    What a terrible threat they must present to the criminals of Livingstone

    • r m reddicks

      Thanks for the arithmetic. I was too drunk to work it out in my brain thingy.

    • doktorzoom

      For what it’s worth, that’s a 2010 Census percentage, so it wouldn’t include Darius.

  • anwisok

    Confession time!

    When I was in High School, I thought that flying a Rebel flag at the campsite we had out back was “cool,” and a symbol of nonconformity*. It was mostly for a laugh when we’d hang out smoking hash and skipping school. I grew out of it. Point being: High School kids are dumb.

    *I’d like to point out that I was out in the country, in a lily white area – there were 2 families in the school district that, in retrospect, were mixed. None of their kids was in any of my classes or my friend circle. I never took one to school, but if I did and was asked not to, I would have put it away and not brought it back. If the reasons were explained to me, I would have taken it down at home, too. Point being: High School kids are self-centered.

  • Sparger

    Sure kid, I believe it doesn’t bother you. That kid will live in denial for years and one day explode at the foolishness he has to deal with.

    • Wee Mousie

      Either that or he will be rushed by a well-established fraternity in an Ivy League University and lose all sense of rhythm.

    • JohnC44

      Some people are different than others. I lived in North Dakota for a few years and as you can imagine, whites are the predominant race in the state by a wide margin. Living in what amounts to a “college town” there, I was fortunate enough to encounter a handful of African Americans who were transplants like me from other states attending my school. Of those I had the opportunity to meet, almost all had the same mentality for the large part: they expected resistance based on their race given the place they had chosen to move, and essentially resigned to the fact that there wasnt much they could do individually to counteract it. Fortunately the folks in ND are actually pretty open minded, fair, and highly intelligent so their expectations did not come to pass. More accurately these guys became mini celebrities on campus because they put themselves out there and were never ashamed of their race. Some people can set these issues aside without permanent scarring, and in those cases it can yield great results. It’s deplorable that someone of any race or group would have to deal with adversity on that basis, but it’s not impossible as it largely stems from a very small fraction of the whole.

      • BosGrl

        But I hate the idea of anyone having to “put themselves out there” and be on display all the time.

        • JohnC44

          I admit that may have been a poor way for me to have expressed my point, and I apologize.

          A better way to have said that would have been that those students made no provisions to limit their exposure to the student body proper and were actively involved in the community there.

          • BosGrl

            Got it – and you expressed yourself just fine; I was just thinking of people being sad inside and having to put on a happy face for everybody else, or always be a spokesperson for their community, or just having to be hyper-aware that they are different than the majority. You could be on the nicest campus in the country, with the most open minded people, and still have that happen.

    • Frank Underboob

      Give the kid a break – he has to spend every day around people like that asshole.

  • r m reddicks

    If you wanted to be cynical — we won’t pretend to read minds — Ivory’s comments could also sound like the one black kid in school smiling politely and saying everything’s fine, you bet.

    Herr Doktor! Even my morning and afternoon and evening highballs which never take away my cynicism (only the sober moments – fortunately few and far between – can do that) will not allow me to be cynical about the young Mr. Ivory’s statement. Time may prove me incorrect but I’m willing to wait.

    • doktorzoom

      You know, I really think he is sincere. And yet the “I’m going to say whatever causes the least trouble for me” strategy is also very well documented, so I felt compelled to bring it up.

      Or as Lily Tomlin said, “I try to be cynical, but it’s so hard to keep up”

      • r m reddicks

        Indeed, Dear Doktor. No need to bring down the whip of the whore of Babylon upon yourself. But I, too, thought he was not playing that game.

        Permissive parentage! Next stop Malheur.

  • TheBidenator

    People should organize a big “burn the Confederate Flag” day and have folks upload their videos to youtube. Let the fuckers know that flag is not about “Southern pride” or “rebel pride”, it’s about fucking treason and venerating extreme racism.

    • JohnC44

      I think you have a great idea here. It would have to be big…I mean REALLY big. The imagery of a bonfire of about 1,000,000 traitor flags piled up in a mound like the world’s most racist laundry pile would send a message even these idiots might understand.

      • r m reddicks

        On top of Stone Mountain.

        • JohnC44

          PERFECT

        • cynmac

          Actually the last flag protest at Stone Mountain had more anti-flag protesters than pro-flag. Stone Mountain is in Dekalb County, GA which is now majority black, hispanic and asian. The most diverse county in the state. I live in the county seat and it was great to see that!

    • mancityfooty .

      June 27

      • r m reddicks

        How about Juneteenth?

        • mancityfooty .

          Pretty much.
          But seriously, it’s already a day.

          • r m reddicks

            Build on tradition?

          • mancityfooty .

            I honestly can’t find anything older than 2015. There is a movement to make it annual, though.

            Of course I find out my birthday is confederate flag day.
            FML

            But, yes, tradition. Time to start a new one. Burning hand made flags so they don’t get our precious money.

          • r m reddicks

            Those things happen in the coincidence of high and unholy days. Hitler escapes on July 20 and the dear Donna succumbs on 63 years later on July 20. It’s unavoidable being as there are only 365 or 366 days of a year and 6 to 7 billion to share them.

          • mancityfooty .

            It’s the day Lincoln was inaugurated.
            Do with that information what you will, but I don’t think it was a coincidence.

  • JohnE_o

    The only Confederate flag that mattered:

    • daysleeper

      This should have ALL the upvotes.

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  • TheBidenator

    “Getting rid of this from the history books would be a big ol’ slap in the face to America.”

    As opposed to the racists who gosh darn it wish that history books would stop being so mean about slavery already. The Confederate flag is cool for historical preservation but we need to really downplay slavery and genocide because that’s America hating and blame America first-ism. Plus, these guys aren’t racist….wingnuts make my nose bleed sometimes.

  • Wee Mousie

    One kid flew a Flag of Southern Rebellion on his pick up truck to high school and the next day another kid flew the Flag of Southern Predilection for Bad Math on his pick up truck to high school.

    You know what that means, don’t you? They both are in high school.

    If the school hadn’t banned the Flag of Southern Medieval Economic Principles, the next day half the school — all the rebels without applause — would have flown them. As it is, all the students who read about, or sort of paid attention while the teacher was talking about The Constitution are protesting this curtailment of their freedom of speech.

    That’s so high school that with a few changes in terminology it could have happened in a high school in New York, Manchester, Sydney or Toronto.

    • doktorzoom

      Actually, the two kids both flew the loser flag the same day. By complete coincidence. The ban came immediately after.

      • Wee Mousie

        The chances are nearly astronomical that this was done without consultation, so yep, it must be purely by coincidence.

    • Coquettish

      Way back in one of the high schools I went to (army kid) there was a Confederate Flag Incident. They had some school spirit thing where grades would dress up in a chosen theme. This grade chose “rednecks” or something like that, dressed up as stereotypical white trash, built a moonshine still, had dueling banjos playing, hung “family tree” posters that were stunted or looped into each other, mounted a beat up TV with NASCAR on repeat on top of the lockers, etc. It was very clearly not a glorification of Southern pride. One kid wore a shirt with a Confederate flag on it. Other students complained, and the kid was suspended for three days because of a zero tolerance towards racism policy,.

      What happened? The most predictably high school thing ever. Naturally the other kids in the grade were up in arms over freedom of expression, right to satire, so on, etc. Then other kids called those kids racists. It became this massive deal that could have been avoided if one of the teachers or the principal had sat the kids down, explained the modern significance of the flag, and made everyone shake hands. I think some people forget teens are still kids, and they are universally stupid.

    • ALP

      My principal banned slap bracelets from school in 92ish. (They were a stupid fashion trend but noisy and distracting in class). Schools ban stuff all the time because it’s a distraction. No one’s sartorial freedom was infringed upon.

  • disqus_lWwzrwNaw6

    “The 17-year-old was raised in Missouri and had a bad perception of black people.”

    I was raised in the USA, and I have a really bad perception of people. Most of them are no better than they have to be, and a lot of them are incredibly awful.

  • mancityfooty .

    “The 17-year-old was raised in Missouri and had a bad perception of black people…”

    I was raised in a Missouri town that still celebrates Bushwacker days and the only time I saw any race other than white is if we went to KC. How is it that I’m not racist?

    Of course, now I’m a Jayhawker so I’m right where I should have been the entire time.

    • Serai 1

      Read the sentence again. It doesn’t say he had the bad perception because he was raised there. The two facts aren’t connected.

      • mancityfooty .

        You’re right. Correlation does not equal causation. Maybe it’s the principal not wanting to admit that his racism started in Montana?
        But, since there are very few of those people in Montana, where did his “bad perception” come from?

  • Ambignostic

    Is this why #Bozeman is currently trending on twitter?

  • Jen_Baker_VA

    It is not a confederate flag. It is the battle flag of Northern Virgina that Lee himself denied after the war ended.
    How about we teach our kids THAT bit of history?

    • r m reddicks

      Obfuscatory facts, my wonderful pedant! I think that will take a couple of generations to take hold.

    • William_C_Diaz

      Lee’s history after the war is a little known but fascinating story. For the rest of his life after the Civil War, he refused to walk or march in step. That would be hard after a lifetime in uniform, but after the horrible slaughter of the Civil War, Gen Lee found his final role as a man of peace.

      Have a great day!

  • Grokenstein

    I know progress doesn’t come without action but I’m not real comfortable with this school-age kid being shoved into the spotlight, since this is bound to attract everything from trolls to tiny-handed grown men on a God-mission to “learn him his place.” He’s already had to put up with a creep who threatened to drag him behind a pickup truck for fuck’s sake.

    Butthurt ‘Heritage’ Idiot: “People would consider me a racist for having this flag. I think the exact opposite. The exact opposite is being kind to every religion and race. Everyone gets a fair shake in my book.”

    Hashtagwhitelivesmatteralsotoo!

  • TheGrandWaz00

    The Rockafellow family is the idiot bastard offspring of J.D. Rockefeller who just stopped by one day looking for a place to drill baby, drill.

  • Jukesgrrl

    These kids know nothing about southern pride. They embrace that flag as a symbol of rebellion. It’s the high school version of, “You are not the boss of me,” a popular sentiment among toddlers. By their very nature teenagers are elf-centered. Add to that a lack of education and a need to act out and you have kids who will latch on to something they don’t even understand and think it’s the same as getting a hairstyle their parents don’t like or a tattoo that will offend the older generation.

    Schools everywhere need to use the Confederate flag as a teaching tool. These kids need to be taught about the horrors of slavery. They need to learn what treason is. They need to know that the South LOST the war and there was nothing charming and genteel about that. And it needs to be done before their elders are successful in their ongoing campaign of “razoring passages out of the history books.” See Texas school books, see Gov. Haley Barbour, etc., etc., much of which Dok has already written eloquently about.

    • thixotropic jerk

      I totally agree: most teens I know are very elf centered, to the point of making their ears all pointy-tipped, and randomly quoting Fëanor, Fingolfin, Galadriel, Gil-galad, Legolas et al… ;^)

      • theCryptofishist

        Dammit! I should have pressed the link for the next fifty non-comments!

    • cynmac

      Just reading about Gettysburg and its aftermath is horrific enough. Jeez.

      • Jonny On Maui

        Imagine if we had casuality lists like that today…

        • Zhu Bajie

          I think that every time I hear someone moan about the dangers of terrorism.

      • r m reddicks

        Pickett’s Charge (it seems he managed to live through it – as is usual) is enough to tell you all about the Confederacy of Dunces. Though Grant made a similarly unpleasant mistake at Cold Harbor. I can’t say which was the more egregious of a mistake other than the larger motivation as “reason”.

        • William_C_Diaz

          The Confederacy was a horrible idea and those who fought for it were greatly misguided, but the valor of the officers who lead them should never be in question.

          That George Pickett survived his eponymous charge is a thing of luck and not of cowardice. The South lost a great many officers, including flag and senior officers to combat, probably a much higher percentage than the North, whose Army relied much more on supply than conspicuous acts of gallantry.

          Have a great day!

          • r m reddicks

            If Pickett (just considering this incident) had a well-spring of valor he would have said. “No thank you.” to Bobby Lee.

          • William_C_Diaz

            No. First of all, the Charge and the events leading up to it are moderately complicated. It is quite possible and reasonably argued by military history scholars that a mere 6 hours between the orders for the charge and their execution was what stood between a bloody carnage that occurred and the crushing victory the massive Corps level assault might have been at 8-9 am rather than 2-3 pm.

            Furthermore, the officer to whom Gen Lee gave the orders was LTG James Longstreet, Pickett was just one of three division commanders involved in the assault.

            You seem to be under the mistaken impression that refusing to carry out the legal order of a superior officer is a reasonable response, but you are incorrect. Ordering soldiers to advance across open ground into withering fire is as legal as church on Sundays and the refusal to follow such an order would be cause for a court martial and possible execution by musketry.

            ‘It is a good thing that war is so terrible, lest we grow too fond of it’ -Gen RE Lee

            Have a great day!

          • r m reddicks

            Stop with the “great day”. I know the chain of command but I prefer to not to get to pedantic. And then after we’d be arguing legal vs. moral and ethical. And might-have-beens get you not one less dead damn idiot until maybe the next-time.

            Have a superb day!

      • William_C_Diaz

        Being from Maine, the Battle of Gettysburg is inextricably intertwined with the performance of the Maine Regiments who held the end of the line in the face of overwhelming odds.

        It is a great motto for life, when you are exhausted, outnumbered and out of ammo..

        ‘Fix Bayonets!’

        Have a great day!

    • Coquettish

      There’s also this weird glorification of the North’s actions during the
      war that makes me uncomfortable. Don’t get me wrong: I have ZERO
      sympathy for the South or its cause, but not even Sherman felt his march should be celebrated, and Grant was terribly invested in healing the aftermath of the war because it was so gruesome and so painful for everyone. People get all hyped about how the Southern soldiers deserved to be slaughtered, and they forget that most of the truly amoral traitors never set foot one on a battlefield and fled like cowards when their goose was cooked. The people who ended up diseased, wounded, or dead were generally poor pawns or slaves, even liberated slaves. Romanticizing that much pain and loss of life on either side turns my stomach, and maybe if people did truly understand the reality and the aftermath, that flag would be less a rallying cry and more of a scar.

      Then again, the people I see cheering on scorched earth are usually the ones who also insist racism only happens in the South.

    • William_C_Diaz

      You overestimate the people of the US and their education. They dont care what is going on right now, much less what happened 150 years ago.

      Have a great day!

      • HazooToo

        Why are you back here?

    • theCryptofishist

      In my high school it was the Lord of the Rings fans who were elf-centered.

    • ALP

      Oh my god. Best typo ever.

  • VirginiaLady

    Was Montana part of the confederacy? Did it even exist as a state back then? I slept through southern heritage week in high school.

    • r m reddicks

      You did better by catching up on your sleep. Though it could have been a osmosis sort of nightmare depending on where your h.s. was located. Like in the U.S. of A. or something.

      • VirginiaLady

        Smack dab on the historyland highway in historic Virginia. Back then we didn’t care too much. We had parties on the open battlefields at night, and thought the overgrown redoubts in my friend’s woods were great places to play king of the hill. We didn’t care if the area was used during the Revolutionary or the Civil War or in many cases both. It wasn’t just me. Kids had better things to do than fly flags and yell about Southern pride. The olds in the DAR cared, but not us and it was never pushed on us. I think we were happier back then.

        • r m reddicks

          Lovely, just lovely. Don’t be going around making me nostalgic of my kiddom! Which was a kingdom for me!

    • Zhu Bajie

      Post-Civil War, lots of ex-Confederate soldiers could not settle down at home, became cowboys, and ended up in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, etc. Union soldiers, too. That’s the back-story to Little House in the Prairie. Ingalls’ father couldn’t settle down, moved West to another homestead every few years.

      • VirginiaLady

        Well that Explains the old TV western The Virginian! You just answered a very old question I had.

  • Bitter Scribe

    .03% of a population of 7,044 translates to 2.1 persons. So I’m guessing that means the kid, his mom and, I dunno, a cousin who comes to visit once in a while or something.

    • r m reddicks

      Outside agitators!

  • r m reddicks

    The vice-principal seems like a level-headed fellow. Beats the shit out of mine of the day who – while he never beat the shit out of me (just smashed me up against a locker once) – made sure I saw his pistol (true mechanical firearm type) in his desk drawer whenever he hauled me into his office. Earlier we had a laugh at him. Which is a long and storied and, to a degree, satisfactory story.

    • kareemachan

      And a somewhat disjointed story.

      • r m reddicks

        It would take too long for the complete joinery. Suffice it to say that laughs at the vice-principals expense were had all around. Left right, black and white and a few Hispanics and a very, very, few Asian-Americans. I’m not excluding Native Americans but all the white folks just liked to claim some identity. As long as they didn’t have to back it up.

    • peekay

      Did he have a copy of Tropic of Cancer?

      • r m reddicks

        Not so far as I know. I had at least two years or so earlier read my Ma’s copy. At the time I couldn’t parse it. After it was a singular bit of power of writing. “Time of the Assassains” put a lift in my foot.

  • chazmanr

    “Which pretty much underlines the fact that
    this is a story about high school kids who still have a hell of a lot
    to learn about American history.”

    And they won’t ever learn unless by some miracle they get into a good college. Remember, Texas has named David Barton to write the curriculum that will be put into the textbooks of the largest purchasers of textbooks. In other words, Texas will be inflicting David Barton’s version of history on much of the country.

  • mancityfooty .

    I know I’ve posted a lot on this story. I’ve spent all but 40 months of my 42 years within 10 miles of the Kansas/Missouri border.

    Read this if you want a clearer understanding:
    http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/moa/afk1368.0001.001/1?page=root;rgn=full+text;size=100;view=image

    You can bet your sweet ass I have a hardcover edition, somewhere around here.

    • cynmac

      Thanks for sharing. I needed something new to read.

    • MC Planck

      Wow. The editor’s foreward is the best part. How can anyone read that account of a permanent state of siege, of the need to be ready at any instant to deliver fatal violence in the protection of the established order, against an enemy clearly marked as if always wearing a plain black hat, and not see the echo of “a good man with a gun.”

      Every time they say that, what they mean is, every man must be prepared to shoot the n—– at the first offense, or watch all of society be drowned in violent uprising. When we say, “How will you tell the good guys from the bad?” they simply cannot understand – because the bad guys are obvious. They are the Walking Dead, the mindless horde that would consume everything in their path if not contained by a man with a gun. The risk of accident – meaningless to those who live in constant siege. The injury to humane feeling – not applicable when you are shooting dangerous animals.

      Every reasonable argument for gun control falls on deaf ears, because the entire gun rights movement is just an echo of slavery.

      The foreward contains the phrase: “an idolatrous estimate of the virtue of physical courage.” How sadly apt to our own age.

      Absolutely everyone should read that foreward.

  • malsperanza

    Another case of the one adult in the room being a black teenager.

    • cynmac

      If he’s 19, then he is an adult. And trust me, if he moved there from TX, he’s been through the Crucible of Derp. I live in GA and nothing surprises me anymore, but I’m 54 and female, so a lot more cynical. I also hear a lot of “accidental” racism because I am extremely light skinned and get mistaken for not-blah sometimes.

  • HorseChestnut

    That school is not good enough for Darius Ivory.

  • Scooby

    Are we still allowed to hate the Mexicans?

  • phoenix00

    “They are trying to ban it from America altogether.”

  • RobKanC

    another day another town where white kids so blinded by their privilege acting as though there is something to be proud about flying a flag related to a hate group of racist and slave-owning dirt bags in name of heritage. Nothing to see here. Move on!

  • handyhippie65

    this ivory kid seems to be an intelligent, well adjusted individual. his parents should be proud. i kinda am, and he ain’t even mine.

  • CriticalDragon1177

    Ban the Confederate Flag? No! How are we supposed to celebrate our heritage of trying to get out of the union so we could continue to treat black people like we owned them? Seriously, its just so much harder to be racist losers without the stars and bars!

    Seriously, I hope a lot more black students are sent to this school and that the racist white kid’s parents, aren’t able to afford to send them to a private school, and they aren’t able to move until they get out of high school.

  • Zhu Bajie

    Don’t let Mr Missouri drive to school. Make him ride the bus!

    • zerosumgame0005

      in the back of course!

  • roberteye

    “You have to be carefully taught”. So the 17 year old kid either has parents who are in fact advancing the rebel traditions – and doing the old “racism? Moi? COME ON. It’s about our heritage!” routine… or are clueless as to the boy’s buddies and interests. Either way is very sad. Bravo for Mr. Ivory and that vice principal.

  • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

    I wonder if people who live nowhere near the former Confederacy see the irony in flying a Confederate flag.

    • TheBoatDude

      They probably think it’s the Union Jack…

    • Coquettish

      I see them everywhere in Wisconsin when I drive through, and it’s like, “Really? Do you guys even have black people up here to be racist at?”

    • ALP

      I live in the Portland area and while you don’t see them much in downtown, head to the suburbs and they are EVERYWHERE.

      • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

        Also a Portlander here. I deliberately avoid the suburbs.

        • ALP

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  • Serai 1

    Which pretty much underlines the fact that this is a story about high school kids who still have a hell of a lot to learn about American history.

    Whoa, hang on a minute there. Are you seriously assuming this kid is ignorant just because he’s chill enough not to care what some fucking cracker thinks? Wow, condescending much?

    • Coquettish

      There was actually a study about how Millennials view racism and race relations. Most of them are obviously against racism and pro-tolerance, but the flipside is they have a hard time understanding that racism does still exist and still affects people. Still also: “No one discriminates against women anymore! Stop playing the woman card! Everyone’s equal!”

      • HazooToo

        “Your experience doesn’t matter because it never happened to ME!”

  • kaw143

    What makes you think we’re cynical, Dok?

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  • Arthur Gane

    WTF Montana is as North as North can be and didn’t become a state until twenty years after the War of Southern Treason

    • Lazy Media

      A lot of former Confederates moved west after 1865 and brought their charming cultural habits with them. Montana isn’t .4 percent black by accident.

      • Rickyphoo

        I think it might have something to do with them distrusting the flatlanders from Washington DC. You know, those guys that are always, always trying to take away their guns.

    • Julz Cat

      It’s the same way in southern West Virginia. I moved away from there when I was little, but when I visit on occasion, there are rebel flags flying from anything that is or isn’t nailed down. I asked someone why, since we fought with the union, and her response was “to show that we don’t like black people”.

      So much for that “heritage not hate” twaddle.

    • Edward Warren

      There are interesting arguments by intelligent people about whether the southern states committed treason or not (look up definition of treason – most people have no idea what it means). I would say yes but am swayed somewhat by the argument that the southern states were not part of the Union so they could not be treasonous. If you hold to the idea that they were always part of the Union then they could be considered treasonous. A good debate on this subject by two knowledgeable historians would be interesting to watch.

  • Bill Slider

    A tiny town of 7,000, in Montana, with a minority population of .03%, I can relate. That size for a metropolitan center of commerce is yoooge in them, there parts. The financial district likely consists of two, maybe three banks, at least one of which has a drive up window. The retail clothing district no doubt sports a Target, a dying K-Mart and a Walmart within 30 miles. The tallest structure may be the water tower, or perhaps the grain elevator. When shopping everyone drives. Once you go from one store to another, you are expected to move your car, unless the two stores are adjacent to one another. Angle parking is likely the norm, as the original brick streets are the same width as in Chicago or New York, only there is slightly less traffic. Six traffic lights would be four too many, and totally unnecessary. Gun racks are standard equipment in the Ford 150, door locks are optional, however. If you are gay, become close friends with the sheriff’s deputies, no, not that kind of friends. Remember you’re a WASP, and your heros are Ronald, Arnold and and Donald.

    • Daht Kahm

      Scratch the surface a little bit before painting Livingston with such a broad brush. Quite a few openly gay people in Livingston. I don’t think it’s an issue, and that’s why they live in Livingston. Southwest Montana is pretty liberal overall. Many people here have guns. Even liberals / hippie types here hunt. Don’t equate gun ownership with racism. Native Montanans and Wyomingites don’t like outsiders much. Doesn’t matter the color your skin. Believe it or not, there are black and hispanic cowboys. 120 years ago people were happy to have neighbors. Doubt they cared much about the color of their skin (except if they were Natives…) I have encountered far more racism in big cities like NY, Boston, and Philly than I have out in the mountain west. But ymmv.

      • MoreHairyThanJesus

        Because there are more people in those cities. So, yeah. But you live in the shithole that will vote Trump, and not by accident.

        • Daht Kahm

          Oh I see. Can’t possibly try to be objective, so instead, call the place a shithole because of the actions of a couple of ignorant assholes. I think they call that…. oh yeah, being prejudiced. But I thought all you SJWs were against prejudice?

          • MoreHairyThanJesus

            Those “couple of ignorant assholes” seem to form 60% of the electorate based on the way they vote. Only morons insist on objectivity in the face of overwhelming evidence.

          • Daht Kahm

            Can you show me the data that shows 60% of the population in Livingston is racist, or did you forget what the article is about already, moron. (You started with the name calling.)

          • MoreHairyThanJesus

            I was referring to your state, not your specific little burg. Maybe your particular 98% white little town is some mysterious enclave of diversity.

          • Edward Warren

            ‘Diversity’ is a pile of liberal bull manure. What it means to a liberal is that we have quotas and you don’t.

          • MoreHairyThanJesus

            Maybe your kids would be brighter if you’d stop impregnating your near kin. And why are you replying to a year-old comment? Just get out of jail?

      • Edward Warren

        There is a lot of geographical bigotry amongst the liberals in this country. To them where you live determines who you are. They just want to slap an identity on everyone and make you into a victim or a jerk they can use politically.

        That makes it easy for them. They don’t have to get to know you that way. There are good and bad, dumb and smart people everywhere – Montana, Mississippi, New York City or California.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    “Should be very interesting to read Ivory’s college essays in a few years.”

    True – and we know which one of these kids is going to college.

  • Lily412

    That Ivory kid is brave as hell.

    • kareemachan

      And smart. Best way to take the wind out of the stupid yet racist kids’ sails is to publicly state it doesn’t bother him.

      And I’m wondering what that Rockafella dude is going to do after high school. Granted, he has two more years at minimum to get some smarts, but he sounds like a real Montanan jewel to me….

      • S.Rock

        Military, douchebag

    • Edward Warren

      It is hard for any new kid to go into a new town, especially a small one, and find his place. He will be fine.

  • HealthInspectorJ

    I knew something was up when I noticed a bunch of kids riding around with pickup trucks and huge American Flags. A few them had Gadsen flags as well. The sad thing is that Livingston is really not the kind of town where you expect an incident like this to happen. And from what I understand, Mr. Ivory has plenty of friends, all white, that have his back. This is a very ugly incident and has caused this amazing little town a lot of hardship, especially since we are all dealing with the tragedy of the suicides of two teenagers at the same high school.
    Let’s put a positive spin on this and recognize that 98% of the white students at the high school have Mr. Ivory’s back. As for the students doing their darndest to make Mr. Ivory feel unwelcome, nothing happens in a vacuum. Their families and associates will have to bear the shame what has happened. People know who they are, and no doubt there will be some appropriate shunning taking place.

    • Daht Kahm

      Don’t waist your time here. These are some extreme, far-left types here.

      • MoreHairyThanJesus

        And they snicker at dopes who can’t grasp the waste/waist distinction.

    • Edward Warren

      I was a new kid in town in high school in a small town. Was treated as an outsider my entire time there. Went back to the high school reunion. Was still an outsider. Small towns are pretty much closed societies and if you are from the outside, no matter what your race is, it will be hard to become ‘one of them’. I imagine Livingston is the same way. No big deal. Things will be fine. Race baiters need back off.

  • ALP

    The Confederate flag was part of my high school mascot, in Oregon, until 1990. It was on t-shirts and folders and there was a huge mural on the side of the gym. When I was there a few years later kids still wrapped themselves in it at football games. There were two black families that had kids attending school. And yes, the middle children in those families that were in my grade both flew them at various times. The lesson? Teenagers are stupid.

  • tinker12

    The real Southern flag is a white one, as in surrender. The Civil War is over and you lost. Get over it.

  • MoreHairyThanJesus

    Do bastardized hick-holler names like Rockafellow even exist in places without a long history of illiteracy and stupidity?

    • S.Rock

      I’m just curious, how much student loan debt are you in?

      • MoreHairyThanJesus

        Paid ’em all off long ago.

  • brittany

    It’s always amused me that the vast majority of Americans who proclaim their love of heritage through this flag don’t it know was only flown during battle by the Army of Northern Virginia. While I’ll grant you that it was a pretty important unit, the flag never represented the confederacy as a whole, it was merely used in battle by some of its forces. It’s almost akin to waiving around one sports team’s logo and insisting it represents the entire league.
    I’m pretty sure it’s not standard curriculum, but in Canada I was taught that little tidbit in grade 5…how is it that so many Americans have never learned about the various confederate flags used in their own civil war, especially those in the South?

  • randomhookup

    When do they ban the prom? That’s usually the next step because we don’t want him dancing with (and sullying) our poor (pure) white girls.

  • randomhookup

    Jimmy Buffett mentions Livingston in his song “Livingston Saturday Night.” He would not be happy.

    Fifteen may get you twenty, that’s all right

    ‘Cause they’ll be rockin’ and a rollin’

    On a Livingston Saturday night

  • Edward Warren

    Sounds like Ivory is a thinking adult. Unlike the writer of this silly racist article who was desperately stirring up the racial hatred pot.

    The real story: black kid goes to a previously all white school and like all new kids in town kids get to know him. Everything is fine.

    The writer’s story: confederate flags. America is racist.

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