I would like to respond to the July 22 letter, “Man has right to fly Confederate flag.”

I agree wholeheartedly that Arthur Germaine has the right to fly the Confederate flag as an expression of his First Amendment rights, despite it being widely recognized as an expression of oppression. But protesters also have the right to express their opposition to flying such a flag. If we claim defense of the First Amendment in supporting a party flying the flag, we must also recognize the right of those who oppose it.

The First Amendment applies to everyone, and therefore we cannot label one group as disturbing the peace and another as expressing their freedom.

Leah Berg