Obama a sell out on Memorial Day
A petition by 60 professors was delivered to the White House prior to Memorial Day asking President Obama not to memorialize members of the confederacy. It was the hope of many citizens throughout the country that the first African American president would finally show the proper respect to all of the soldiers, black and white, who died protecting the civil rights of so many.
Memorial Day is meant to remember all of the brave servicemen who gave the ultimate sacrifice defending our nation and preserving freedom and civil rights for the oppressed. The rebels who fought for the southern states during the civil war do not qualify nor deserve to be remembered on Memorial Day. These are men that believed in enslaving other men, forcing them to do their work, torturing, and even murdering them, and why, because they looked a little different. During World War II, the Nazi’s enslaved, tortured and killed the Jews, but we don’t honor or pay respect to their memory, but rather the opposite. We honor those who fought and died protecting their civil liberties.
The Civil War was started by a group of rebels from South Carolina who attacked the U.S. army. There is some debate whether the first shots were fired directly at FortSumter or at the army supply ship trying to deliver supplies to the soldiers, but this is of little importance because they fired at the U.S. army. In modern times, if a militant group declares they don’t want to be under the control of the U.S. government any more and go out and attack a U.S. military base they would be referred to terrorists. Government organizations would track them down and either bring them into custody for trial or kill them for resisting. So, in modern terminology, the confederates were terrorists. Since when did a country honor terrorists that attack the U.S. military and its citizens?
Many southern states also celebrate a Confederate Memorial Day, although only a couple of states actually agree as to which day it is supposed to be celebrated on. State agencies actually close down and the employees paid on this day. What is even more ironic is that some of these states don’t even celebrate Martin Luther King Day or force the employees to choose between MLK day and other holidays.
On Monday, May 25th, President Obama, as did many presidents before him, disrespect the memories of American Soldiers who died for their country. At this point, what is done is done, but there is one way to begin to rebuild our respect, ban states from celebrating Confederate Memorial Day, a.k.a. White Supremacy Memorial Day. Although the Civil War was about more than just slavery, it is the fight against slavery that the Civil War represents to America today. The southern flag, along with the Nazi flag, are used by white supremacist organizations.
Author’s note: For the record, the author of this article is a veteran of the U.S. Armed forces. It is also the belief of the writer that this is an important topic because we as a nation will not grow to our potential if we are still holding onto racial tensions. We still have a lot of whites who hate minorities and blame them for their own short comings, as well as blacks that blame the whites for theirs. What is really sad with the situation is the people who don’t hold these prejudices are the ones caught in the middle being referred to as sell outs, Uncle Tom’s, or accused of trying to act like someone they aren’t. A suggestion for everyone holding onto racial prejudices, spend the time to really check your ancestry and heritage because almost no one in this country is of pure racial decent.
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