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Flying The Confederate Flag

Updated on August 16, 2017
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Brian Gray obtained his degree in Language from Lee University and has been a published author and professional writer since 1985.

No Excuse

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.

Shocking Photos That Speak Volumes

The Dixiecrats Of 1948 Wanted White Supremacy, Segregation & Jim Crow Laws - Shown Here Waving The Confederate Flag

For Those Who Falsely Say That The KKK Does Not Fly The Confederate Flag

Nope, No Hate Here

Proof That The Civil War Was About Slavery


Quoting from the famous "Corner Stone" Speech given by Confederate States of America Vice-President Alexander H. Stevens in Savannah, Georgia, on March 21, 1861:

"But not to be tedious in enumerating the numerous changes for the better, allow me to allude to one other though last, not least. The new constitution has put at rest, forever, all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institution African slavery as it exists amongst us the proper status of the negro in our form of civilization. This was the immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution. Jefferson in his forecast, had anticipated this, as the “rock upon which the old Union would split.” He was right. What was conjecture with him, is now a realized fact. But whether he fully comprehended the great truth upon which that rock stood and stands, may be doubted. The prevailing ideas entertained by him and most of the leading statesmen at the time of the formation of the old constitution, were that the enslavement of the African was in violation of the laws of nature; that it was wrong in principle, socially, morally, and politically. It was an evil they knew not well how to deal with, but the general opinion of the men of that day was that, somehow or other in the order of Providence, the institution would be evanescent and pass away. This idea, though not incorporated in the constitution, was the prevailing idea at that time. The constitution, it is true, secured every essential guarantee to the institution while it should last, and hence no argument can be justly urged against the constitutional guarantees thus secured, because of the common sentiment of the day. Those ideas, however, were fundamentally wrong. They rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error. It was a sandy foundation, and the government built upon it fell when the “storm came and the wind blew.”

Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth. This truth has been slow in the process of its development, like all other truths in the various departments of science. It has been so even amongst us. Many who hear me, perhaps, can recollect well, that this truth was not generally admitted, even within their day. The errors of the past generation still clung to many as late as twenty years ago. Those at the North, who still cling to these errors, with a zeal above knowledge, we justly denominate fanatics. All fanaticism springs from an aberration of the mind from a defect in reasoning. It is a species of insanity. One of the most striking characteristics of insanity, in many instances, is forming correct conclusions from fancied or erroneous premises; so with the anti-slavery fanatics. Their conclusions are right if their premises were. They assume that the negro is equal, and hence conclude that he is entitled to equal privileges and rights with the white man. If their premises were correct, their conclusions would be logical and just but their premise being wrong, their whole argument fails. I recollect once of having heard a gentleman from one of the northern States, of great power and ability, announce in the House of Representatives, with imposing effect, that we of the South would be compelled, ultimately, to yield upon this subject of slavery, that it was as impossible to war successfully against a principle in politics, as it was in physics or mechanics. That the principle would ultimately prevail. That we, in maintaining slavery as it exists with us, were warring against a principle, a principle founded in nature, the principle of the equality of men. The reply I made to him was, that upon his own grounds, we should, ultimately, succeed, and that he and his associates, in this crusade against our institutions, would ultimately fail. The truth announced, that it was as impossible to war successfully against a principle in politics as it was in physics and mechanics, I admitted; but told him that it was he, and those acting with him, who were warring against a principle. They were attempting to make things equal which the Creator had made unequal.

In the conflict thus far, success has been on our side, complete throughout the length and breadth of the Confederate States. It is upon this, as I have stated, our social fabric is firmly planted; and I cannot permit myself to doubt the ultimate success of a full recognition of this principle throughout the civilized and enlightened world.

As I have stated, the truth of this principle may be slow in development, as all truths are and ever have been, in the various branches of science. It was so with the principles announced by Galileo it was so with Adam Smith and his principles of political economy. It was so with Harvey, and his theory of the circulation of the blood. It is stated that not a single one of the medical profession, living at the time of the announcement of the truths made by him, admitted them. Now, they are universally acknowledged. May we not, therefore, look with confidence to the ultimate universal acknowledgment of the truths upon which our system rests? It is the first government ever instituted upon the principles in strict conformity to nature, and the ordination of Providence, in furnishing the materials of human society. Many governments have been founded upon the principle of the subordination and serfdom of certain classes of the same race; such were and are in violation of the laws of nature. Our system commits no such violation of nature’s laws. With us, all of the white race, however high or low, rich or poor, are equal in the eye of the law. Not so with the negro. Subordination is his place. He, by nature, or by the curse against Canaan, is fitted for that condition which he occupies in our system. The architect, in the construction of buildings, lays the foundation with the proper material-the granite; then comes the brick or the marble. The substratum of our society is made of the material fitted by nature for it, and by experience we know that it is best, not only for the superior, but for the inferior race, that it should be so. It is, indeed, in conformity with the ordinance of the Creator. It is not for us to inquire into the wisdom of His ordinances, or to question them. For His own purposes, He has made one race to differ from another, as He has made “one star to differ from another star in glory.” The great objects of humanity are best attained when there is conformity to His laws and decrees, in the formation of governments as well as in all things else. Our confederacy is founded upon principles in strict conformity with these laws. This stone which was rejected by the first builders “is become the chief of the corner” the real “corner-stone” in our new edifice. I have been asked, what of the future? It has been apprehended by some that we would have arrayed against us the civilized world. I care not who or how many they may be against us, when we stand upon the eternal principles of truth, if we are true to ourselves and the principles for which we contend, we are obliged to, and must triumph."

The Confederate flag stood for then, and stands for now, White supremacy, and those who wave it are fools.

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      Brian Gray 2 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Olow,

      Thank you for those kind words. It is always a great pleasure to hear from those who understand my points. My sincerest best wishes to you,

      Brian

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      Olow 2 years ago

      Hanavee...I apploud your knowledge, wisdom and bravery. I always read your comments and regardless what others say, the world especially America needs your truth, imagination and education. I have been reading your articles and those who tried to debunk the truth, none of them came close to challenge your scholarly written pages. Keep up the good work and please write about provoking subjects as you always do.

      A brother from Somalia

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      Brian Gray 2 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Connie,

      If I took a Nazi flag and placed it on my truck, then drove around a neighborhood populated with Holocaust survivors, don't you think my intent would be obvious?

      Tell me, which war did you love?

      Brian

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      Connie120 2 years ago

      @Hanavee, "A peaceful town endured a riot set off by a narrow-minded bigot who placed the Confederate flag on his truck and drove around the town to incite hate." Wow, it certainly sounds like YOU are the narrow-minded bigot! Just like the media, you automatically blame the victim of racism, who was attacked merely for his flag and his heritage. Driving around town with a Confederate flag is not a crime, and only incites riots in hate-filled bigots who are encouraged to openly act on their racism.

      @Kevin, you are correct, the Confederate flag primarily represents states rights, and actually now has become a universal symbol of resistance to federal tyranny, not only in the South but in the whole country and even throughout the world. Only narrow-minded, anti-white bigots consider it to represent slavery and hate. (As Brian stated, he is determined never to believe anything different).

      @The Old Guard, I agree with you 100%. Where's all the equality and tolerance that these people love to spout about? Apparently, it only extends to those who share their views, which are usually anti-white.

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      Brian Gray 2 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Damian,

      Thanks for commenting. I'm sure the KKK is going to love me after having written this piece, but the Grand Wizard used to be my landlord, so it wouldn't be the first time I've seen their sheets. Of course, we all know that they wear those sheets so that they can be ever ready to throw a picnic for all of their many Black friends.

      Anyone researching the history of the Confederate flag will find it is soaked in the blood and misery of racism. If you read the previous response, you will notice that I mentioned an incident that happened in a town next to mine the other night. A peaceful town endured a riot set off by a narrow-minded bigot who placed the Confederate flag on his truck and drove around the town to incite hate. No one will ever convince me that this flag is used for anything more than a statement of White supremacy, and I am a Southerner from way back in my ancestry. The flag I salute is at the top of this page, and my point is that we are long overdue to rally around the flag of unity and brotherhood.

      Brian

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      Damian Fedorko 2 years ago

      Since I wasn't born at the time of the Civil War I have no comment other than the article was of interest and well written.

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      Brian Gray 2 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Kevin,

      I lived in Florida for a number of years, and I, too, have heard that argument. It isn't about states rights. These guys sit around dreaming up useful slogans and excuses that they believe will help them win acceptance for their blatant bigotry. I have listened to people try to justify their anti-Black bigotry for decades, and they have used everything from states rights to the Bible to try and make their racism seem justified. All of their arguments are just covers for what lies beneath - pure hatred.

      I am living in the North now, and just this week, we had a major incident where some jackass put a Confederate flag on his truck and drove through a neighborhood where all the races are mixed and living together in harmony. Here was harmony in a neighborhood, until this moron drove his truck there with the intent of showing his "White" pride. His actions were White disgrace, and after the police had to be called in to settle the crowd and restore order, this jerk claimed that he was going to move to another section of the county where people "show respect." Show respect?! His remarks were so illogical and ignorant, they speak for themselves. He is demanding that he be shown respect for being disrespectful. Go figure.

      This country is about unity, equality and harmony, and I do not see where these people who worship the Confederate flag are contributing to that at all.

      Brian

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      Kevin Goodwin 2 years ago

      I live in Florida and I see the confederate flags all the time. They consider it as a way of life fighting for state rights over the rights of the federal government, or at least that is what I am told.

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      Brian Gray 2 years ago from Pennsylvania

      The Old Guard,

      Trotting out tired old repeats about who owned slaves does not take away the fact that inhumane slavery was the issue that divided this country, led to a horrible and costly Civil War, with the Southern states voting unanimously to keep Blacks enslaved. I once lived near a Southern town where a mulberry tree had been used to hang innocent Black people who had "offended" White people. It was only a few years ago that we cut that old tree down...shamefully, it took that long to do away with this disgusting emblem of hatred and bigotry.

      And as for having a right to tell others what to do, no, that is for our laws to do, and just as our laws do not give anyone the freedom to yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater when there is no fire, trying to justify the false "right" to fly the Confederate flag is equally wrong. To fly the Confederate flag is a blatant attempt to sow disunity in a land that is supposed to be united, it is to sow inequality in a land land that is about equality, and it is to sow the seeds of sorrow in a land that guarantees the right to happiness for all.

      The Confederacy is dead, and rightfully so, and those who glorify in its flag are as wrong as those who still glorify in the Nazi flag. This is the United States of America, land of the free, NOT land of the enslaved, land of the unequal, land of the privileged class. What has bigotry done for the betterment of this country? Nothing! Let those symbols of oppression, of hate and of sorrow be banished to museums, where we remember when visiting there what shameful periods in our history we have passed through...periods which, if we are wise, we will never repeat again. As Reverend Martin Luther King once wisely said, "Either we live together as brothers, or we die together as fools."

      Brian

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      John Wilson 2 years ago from U.S.A.

      Actually, the American, red white and blue, flag has a much longer history of slavery than the Confederate Flag.

      The Star Spangled Banner was written by a slave holder who went to great extent to defend slave holders rights.

      George Washington owned over 180 slaves when he was president of the U.S.

      This is just another story of how one persons opinion has to be the rule for all of us.

      When is it going to stick that you have no right to tell me what to do?

      I think you should walk around with a dunce hat on your head all the time. That make it a law?

      I find many things offensive, it does not mean I have the right to tell others how they MUST behave at the point of a gun.

      If I want to fly the confederate flag, that's my business, not yours.

      If it offends you, don't look at the flag.

      It's called freedom of speech

      This is offensive when someone thinks they have the right to tell others what is good and what is bad.

      Cheers