Flying The Confederate Flag
There is NO excuse for flying the Confederate flag. All excuses are obfuscations and blatant lies designed to allow flagrant bigots to hide behind claims of constitutional rights to free speech, when the reality is that those who fly the Confederate flag are avowed racists who follow a sickening creed of hate, threatening all who dare to condemn their actions. It is time for good people to speak out against the actions of these hatemongers. If we do not, we are no better than those who sat idly by while Nazis rounded up Jews. Bigotry is wrong, no matter what the emblem used to announce it.
There Is NO Constitutional Right To Hate
The face of the Confederate flag “apologist” is falsely confused by your lack of “understanding,” a look of puzzlement as he wonders aloud at your question, “Why fly the Confederate flag?” Then comes the poker-faced lie, “I’m only remembering my Southern heritage and honoring the sacrifice of my ancestors.” I’ve never seen a Black person flying the Confederate flag, even though they were born in the South, and I’ve never heard a White racist tell the press they hate Blacks, both examples testifying to the reality behind the smug excuse bigots give when they fly the symbol of slavery. The Confederate flag has become a festering boil on the backside of America, and every time some jackass shows his backside, waving that flag with ignorant pride in his “White superiority,” I just see a pair of shoulders with a giant, pus-filled boil on top.
When you are raised on a lie, you live that lie, and when you are told that White is the only skin color that matters, you have bought into one of the more despicable lies that works against what the American flag stands for, because, since the founding of the first colonies, this country has been a blending of races, religions and cultures. It was that need for unity that led our founders to use the motto, “United we stand, divided we fall.” Flying the Confederate flag announces separatism, disunity, a desire for social inequality...and it loudly demonstrates that the person flying it, despite their protestations, is a racial bigot. The Confederate flag belongs in a museum. It most certainly does not belong hanging off of front porches, or worse yet, flying on a flag pole attached to trucks and cars. Such actions are blatant acts of separatism, of making a statement that “I am White, Blacks are inferior, I hate Blacks, and Blacks should stay out of my way!” Of course, no one flying the Confederate flag is going to go on record as saying this...unless they are talking to another member of that racist pack, like a fellow member of the KKK. These people just hate it when non-racists go poking their noses around into their “business.” They claim their constitutional rights to “freedom of speech,” as if they deserved such. Freedom of speech is a right reserved for citizens of America, and the last time I checked, America’s flag looked a whole lot different from the flag to which these bigots were swearing allegiance. To the bigots who fly the Confederate flag, your allegiance is to another country in another time, so, please, leave MY constitution out of your arguments.
For the record, I am of Southern heritage, my mother being born in Virginia, my father being born in Tennessee, so this is not some rant by a liberal “Yankee.” No, this is a fact-filled call to attention against an illness that continues to plague our country, and that illness is the ignorance of some who have been raised on bigotry and racial hatred toward all who are “different” from themselves, particularly people whose skin color is not white. I cannot appeal to the Christian in these people, because the very same ilk were fond of singing church hymns during lynchings of innocent Blacks in times past. Hypocrisy is nothing new. No, I will not appeal to the Christianity that is supposedly within these people. If they can see Jesus in what they are doing, then I do not recognize their form of Christianity. Furthermore, I cannot I appeal to their humanity, since there is nothing humane in the inability to recognize the humanity, dignity and worth in all of God’s children. Instead, I appeal to those of us who want a peaceful world, to those of us who do believe in those inspiring words found in our American Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Obviously, these words are missing from the stated beliefs of Confederate sympathizers, and what is with this “Confederate sympathizing” anyway? Is the South a separate country? When last I checked, the South became an integral part of this great country long before the Confederate shenanigans started rousing people to wrong ideals, and after a horrible war, the South came home to its destiny of being part of this great unity called the United States of America. It was called the United States for a reason. There is one flag that unites us... and there is one flag that threatens to destroy us. When I pledge allegiance to the flag that unites us all, as I recite those great words, I recall the beauty of their meaning. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the UNITED States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, ONE NATION, under God, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY and JUSTICE FOR ALL.” One short paragraph, and it says so much, that, like our founding fathers said, “United we stand, divided we fall.” That if we preach separatism, then we are divided against ourselves, and as Abraham Lincoln so famously said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become lawful in all the States, old as well as new — North as well as South.”
If any person thinks that slavery is a good thing, let that person become a slave. For those of us who have studied the horrors of slavery, we see that the love of God is NOT in the enslavement of fellow human beings, but in the compassionate loving and bettering of one another. Every man is our brother, every woman is our sister. For those who want to wave the flag of separatism, of inequality, of selfishness and of hatred, the ugliness of your actions cannot be hidden by false claims of mere Southern patriotism. Just as any German citizen can be proud of their German heritage without embracing the ugliness of the Nazi atrocities committed in their country, I can be proud of my Southern heritage without embracing all the horrible acts that were committed there, as well. And just as the flag of Hitler’s regime is a symbol of a past we wish we could forget, the flag of those who wanted slavery to endure is nothing to be proud of. Let’s call flying the Confederate flag what it is, an arrogant disregard for the humanity in all people, the blatant demonstration of ignorant prejudice and the willful display of conceit. This is America, we have one flag, and that flag stands for ALL who live here. If you want to fly the Confederate flag, there are several countries that I can recommend you move to, where civil rights are non-existent, and where daily violence is the order of the day, a regular struggle for survival. My constitution guarantees civil rights for all, but the Confederate flag you wave never did. If that is the country to which you pledge your allegiance, I have news for you, it no longer exists. Time for you to leave.
Something To Remember
Those who dwell in the past make their beds in cemeteries, and their only friends are skeletons and ghosts.
If You Remain Silent
When I was a child, I remember being stunned that so many people stood by and kept silent when the Jews were being so inhumanely abused. I wondered why good people did nothing. Here we are in another time with a similar challenge, that challenge being to do away with the proud bigots who would gladly do the same to Blacks that Hitler did to Jews. This group may have become more subtle, but just because they have artfully polished their apologetics, demanding their constitutional rights to "speak their beliefs," to wave their beloved non-American flag, does not mean that we should ignore them, or pray for their conversion. Their hearts will always be wicked, and only legal intervention can halt their march of inhumane and evil hatred. I felt that there are too many who do not know their history, American history, the history that everyone wants to tuck away in some closet and pretend it will go away if we just don't talk about it. But, while "good" people don't want to talk about it, the same hatred that caused the senseless lynching and burning of innocent Blacks is alive and well in the hearts of evil people. I am including the photos below, because I want people to look at them, and I want people to stop thinking it could never happen again...the perpetrators of hate are still among us. When good people remain silent, the only voice speaking is that of hateful bigots. Look at the pictures below, and don't look away. Let the images remain for a long time in your memory, so that those who were so wrongly tortured and murdered will not have died in vain, that the wrongs done to them will cause you to stand up, to use your voice and speak out against the loud hate that is spoken so freely in this country.