I know some people like to fly this flag. Most often I hear the argument that “Its about heritage NOT hate.” Well, what heritage are you displaying? I suppose you could argue the “heritage” as this image of the southern belles, southern gentlemen, a world stepped in traditions and grandeur. A time when the south stood tall - a Camelot long gone as the result of the Civil War — but then I want you to ask, on whose backs was that fantasy built?
This flag represents southern belles, gentlemen, plantations and a glorious southern cities, all of which profited from slave labor. This flag represents an idea and a system where only certain people had rights and privileges. It was a time when many of you reading this could have owned me. You could have raped me and been within your rights as an owner. You could rip me away from my mother and sold me, and been within your rights. You could have beat me until my back was raw, and been within your rights. You could have pulled my children out of my hands and sold them, and been within your rights. You could have killed me. And then your biggest upset would be your loss of property and revenue. That is how much I would have been worth in this “Old South”. There would be no protests. I would have just been another dead n*gger.
It still boggles me that people defend this flag and fly it as “heritage”, and to me it displays an ignorance and blinded privilege towards a dark history. When I see this flag being flown, I do not see “Southern Pride”, I see an auction block, lynch mobs and a noose. As a black person, I wonder if I am really in a safe place.
Symbols can mean different things to different people, should we call the cross racist because the KKK burned them on people’s front lawns?
Should I mention that the US Flag is just as guilty because several of the founding fathers owned slaves?
I’m from the south, as is most of my family. Most of the people I know who have confederate flags are blatantly racist and unashamed of it. Even up here in Washington state, if I see someone with a confederate flag, it often is apparent that they’re a) a wannabe “country” girl or boy, or b) a racist. I have yet to be wrong about it. I’m sure there are people to whom the flag is a symbol of heritage, however many people use it as a symbol of intolerance. The American flag is the sign of a country. The cross is a religious and historic symbol. The confederacy was a bunch of people who didn’t eve consider themselves a part of this country, and tried to secede from us. Is that really a positive symbol?
The confederacy was a bunch of people who didn’t even consider themselves a part of this country, and tried to secede from us. Is that really a positive symbol?
—These are the same people by the way, that the next minute will screech, “GOD BLESS AMERICA”. This flag isn’t about “rebellion”, rebellious from what? A country you want to keep all the gays and illegals out of? The country you blast “God Bless the USA” in your truck?
PFft. People who fly this flag are screaming its about rebellion from a country that they don’t want certain people to be part of.