In light of tragic recent events, I am asking that MacRumors moderators and staff consider a ban on users creating avatars that feature or consist mainly of images of the Confederate Flag. This is not the place to debate or discuss the detailed history of the flag in question. Suffice it to say that for a significant majority of people, both in the United States and elsewhere, the Confederate flag has come to represent, not Southern pride or military prowess, but in fact an institutional and societal racism that a great many users find deeply offensive. If a member wishes to select a symbol of Southern - or even Confederate - pride and heritage - there are infinite choices. A picture of Robert E. Lee; John Bell Hood. The CSS Virginia. Colonel Sanders. To my mind, prominent display of the Confederate flag contributes nothing to either the discussion nor the community. As we are all frequently reminded, participation here is not a matter protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution. And to that end, I respectfully ask that present and future members of the MR community be prohibited from choosing as their avatar, iconography of the Confederate Flag. South Carolina got rid of it. NASCAR got rid of it. Wal-Mart got rid of it. Its time for us to get rid of it too.