The city of Branson plans to issue a proclamation at tonight’s Board of Aldermen meeting condemning hate speech.

According to a press release, the proclamation is in response to a viral video from Branson showing a woman draped in a Confederate flag and stating “KKK belief.”

The proclamation initially asserts the rights of all individuals to freedom of speech and freedom to peaceably assemble. It also points out that while “hate speech in certain contexts may be constitutionally protected it does not reflect the Branson community as a whole.”

It mentions that the city has had seven peaceful demonstrations that “have resulted in heated dialog and discussions that have brought to light differences and problems facing our society as a whole.”

It also says that “the people of Branson are welcoming, open, and neighborly citizens and have a strong moral background with servant’s hearts and a spirit of hospitality.”

A statement about the proclamation, issued on the city’s Facebook page states, “This proclamation comes after a video of a woman, in Branson, draped in a Confederate Battle Flag, went viral on several social media platforms. This person’s actions occurred among a separate group during a peaceful demonstration along W. 76 Country Blvd. in Branson.

“While the City of Branson supports the Constitutional rights of everyone to peacefully assemble and protest any cause, the City does not, in any way, support hate speech.

“The City of Branson and its residents have long been known for our hospitality and inclusive nature. We welcome millions of visitors each year of all ethnicities, religions, ages, genders and personal choices. Our community is committed to uniting together, listening to one another and believe hate will never resolve any issue.”

The viral video was recorded during a Black Lives Matter protest June 21 at Dixie Outfitters, a Branson business on 76 Country Boulevard that sells Confederate-themed items.

The woman was with a group of counter protester in the Dixie Outfitters parking lot.

The Aldermen meeting starts at 6 p.m. tonight at Branson City Hall. The meeting will be live-streamed as well. To listen in, visit cityofbranson.org/AgendaCenter.

(3) comments

Desuhu

I agree that this woman shouldn't have said what she said. That said, everyone keeps calling these peaceful demonstrations, but when you have a group of people shouting at other people, that is not peaceful and the ones not protesting are getting tired of it. I have seen videos of these so-called "peaceful" protesters surrounding people's cars, pounding on them, kicking them and even breaking their windows. I can't imagine if that were to happen to me. I would be coming out of my car and probably get hurt.

Corkey

Could Someone please give me a clear concise definition of the term "hate speech" without trampling all over the 1st Ammendment? So far I've heard several hundred opinions on the subject from varied "hate speech" police.

So Sick Of This Nonsense

Hate speech is defined by Cambridge Dictionary as "public speech that expresses hate or encourages violence towards a person or group based on something such as race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation". Hate speech is "usually thought to include communications of animosity or disparagement of an individual or a group on account of a group characteristic such as race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, or sexual orientation".

Pretty easy to find if you just put your crayon down and stop trying to make political hay out of a serious issue.

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