This article pretty much sums up how I feel about the confederate flag debate and a lot of other subjects. No one and I mean NO ONE owns the area of speech. There is no hate speech only speech that you do not agree with. Words do not kill people kill. But mis-guided people can kill the right to express ideas. And once we are unable to freely express ideas we as a country and as a people will cease to grow. For everyone to have freedom was a controversial idea. For women to vote or slaves to be free was considered heresy. I am offended by a lot of things but I am currently in a political minority. But I would not stop anyone from expressing their ideas. Any bad idea will eventually die, much like this phase of thought control we are currently going through. So lighten up, listen, keep an open mind and just be civil. Nothing is ever gained without struggle. But to silence any one group is to kill society.