5 Things: The Confederate Flag Edition

I celebrate the fact that people (including lawmakers) are calling for the Confederate flag to come down over government buildings.  This really feels like something that should have happened at the end of the Civil War in 1865. The war was lost, there was no more need for the confederate flag. Let. It. Go.

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Growing up in the south, this flag was plastered on everything–tee shirts, bumper stickers, lockers, hats, in your neighbor’s yard.  All it took for me was one history class when the teacher explained the origins of the flag for me to question all of my classmates proudly showcasing their confederate paraphernalia as proud daughters and sons of Dixie.  While they were proudly re-imagining their heritage of their ancestors sipping mint julep on the plantation porch, I think of my ancestors doing the back-breaking free labor to plant and harvest the sugar for someone else’s gain.

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Every time I see the flag I think of the KKK–because it is a flag they also revere.  Have you ever seen the Klan march? I have–in my state capital of Raleigh and once before that in my small home town. I didn’t know if I should laugh at the fact that these folks are still rocking those ridiculous looking head pieces or cry at the fact there are those that hate me for no other reason than the color of my skin.

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The flag of the fallen Confederacy is tied to so many negative aspects of history that they outweigh any positive note (being non-biased) that may exist. There are so many other things I’d prefer witnessing over seeing another Confederate flag. The following are my top five.

1. Stomp my baby toe on a burning hot steel plated concrete boulder. Yes I’d rather endure this painful experience 100 times than the flag to fly over another government building.

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2. Hearing someone brush their teeth. If you know me, you know this is the most excruciating sound in the world to me. To raise the stakes–that person could be brushing their teeth with a brand new Brillo pad while chewing on rocks and scratching their nails on the chalk board. That would definitely give me a nervous tick and eye twitch. Yet, I would subject myself to this torture than to see that banner yet wave.

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3. Listen to early Justin Bieber on repeat. Please see number 2.

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4. Translate the Aeneid. This thing is like a million pages long!  Did this in high school Latin class but I still can’t speak Latin. It was painful but willing to do it again–without looking up translations online. It may take me a year to do but it’s so much more preferable over the Confederate flag.

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5. Cramps. I’m talking full on PMS ugly gut punching puke inducing cramps. No Midol, no heat pad, no tea. Yup. I disdain the flag that much.

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2 thoughts on “5 Things: The Confederate Flag Edition

  1. Everytime I see the KKK, I think of the Democrat Party. After all, that’s who spawned the KKK. Every time I think of the Democrat Party, I think of abortion. When I think of abortion, I ponder how 52+% of all black babies conceived never make it to term. Hmm, killing black babies. That’s a lot of love there. When we do an honest study of history, both the KKK and the Democrat (leadership) hate black people.

    If you associate the Confederate flag with hate, you’re a victim of misinformation, disinformation and revisionist history. The KKK came later. The Confederate flag was a battle flag used by the Confederate. It lives on in the hearts and minds of the people from the South who wanted to be free from the control and domination of the North. Keep in mind that the North had rebranded slavery and used money and debt to enslave versus whips and physical bondage.

    Also, do a study of the Civil War. You’ll find it was more of an European intervention as they schemed for a way to divide and conquer America. The British backed the South while Russian ships were maneuvering against the Union from the north. Both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars were in a sense, proxy wars for the European powers. What else is new? So it wasn’t some battle by the North to end slavery. That’s a misinterpretation of the events.

    Something else to remember, 200 years before African tribes sold black slaves to the Europeans, black people (African?) had enslaved whites. So, we have to be intellectually honest. Just what is it that upsets you or that you fear? A symbol? A sign? Just because the KKK likes the Confederate flag, that doesn’t make the flag a racist symbol. It just means the KKK hijacked a symbol common to the South. The flag itself does not represent hate or racism. That’s something the North/Union (Wall Street) controlled media and education system want’s you to believe.

    Ask yourself, to many around the world, how many have suffered under the murder, oppression and imperialism brought by the “American” flag? In the past 30 years alone, how many have died under the fraudulent War on Terror being propagated against the Middle East? Which flag flies over that atrocity? And we are worried about the Confederate flag?

    Food for thought.

    Joe

    • Thank you for your comment—you said a lot. So in a nutshell I believe that the work that must be done is more than just removing a symbol that many associate with hate. However I do believe that it is catalyst to propel honest conversation about American history. That which are taught at grade level tends to be a revisionist history.
      When people want to talk about slavery in America so many others are quick to quote the facts that African sold other African’s into slavery. Slavery that was being practiced in Africa at the time was a form of indentured servitude—so there was no reason for the Africans (which is also a misnomer—at the time these groups identified as different ethnic groups not one whole continent)to know they were selling people into chattel slavery. By time the slave trade expanded, African’s no longer had a say so– So let’s not try to justify racism in America by blaming Africans. It was a two way streak. Now we have our own wounds to work on and heal.
      Yes, the Civil War was a war on economies. However the southern economy was based on the back of inhumane slave labor so again that is not a fact we should over look. I don’t believe the north was fighting for slavery to be abolished but I do know that slavery was definitely apart of the southern agenda.
      The confederate flag is the signifier and despite its origin (because folks will disagree) the fact that the KKK (and Nazis) hijacked the image allows that message of hate to be signified by it.
      Many people around the world may feel about the American flag the way a lot of people at home feel about the Confederate flag. We can’t be oblivious to atrocities that happen in the name of freedom and corporate interest but we can not continue to ignore the cost of atrocities here at home. These cost include systematic inequalities that cause one group to be more likely to live in poverty, more likely not to be able to provide for its children and likely not to have access to prenatal care. We can’t talk about the high number of African American children that don’t make it term without asking why.

      Again, thank you so much for your comment. I really enjoy the discussion!

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