Have you guys heard about this? There's a girl named Toni Smith who plays basketball for Manhattanville College in New York who she has been turning her back on the flag during the national anthem all year as her way of protesting the possible war with Iraq.
There are tons of articles and editorials on it, just do a search for her name (Toni Smith).
Manhattanville College's website is http://www.mville.edu/
. There's a link to the college's official statement regarding the situation in upper right-hand corner of the web page.
I'll post my thoughts later. What do you guys think about this?
Mar 5, '03
Isn't it great to live in a free country?
I totally disagree with her but.......freedom of speech is more important than having my opinion rule EVERYONE.
Last edit by Furball on Mar 5, '03
Mar 5, '03
I agree with Shandy, what this girl is doing is NOT being taken as her protesting Bush or the possible war. When she turns her back on the flag, she's not turning her back on war, she's turning her back on the country that the flag represents (including the people who DID go to war so she could have access to higher education and extra-curricular activities like basketball).
I wonder if she's thought about where SHE would be if the country that the flag represents decided to exercise its right to turn its back on HER??? If she thinks this country is so horrible, I suggest she go to Iraq and try pursuing college and basketball there.
"The freedom to express oneself w/o fear of recrimination, torture or assassination is what sets the USA apart. We sometimes forget to appreciate this freedom when people express themselves in a way that we find disagreeable or disdainful."
And some people obviously forget to show respect and appreciation for the people who fought and DIED to give them that very freedom. I understand where you're coming from, but I think what she's doing is very disrespectful to the country. Turning your back on the flag is not the best way to say, "I don't think we should go to war with Iraq."
Last edit by Tilleycs on Mar 5, '03