Apparently this is an issue that’s not going away anytime soon. Then again, when I think about it, I should have known that Confederate flag defenders were going to be some of the most ridiculous people I’d ever encountered.
After all, these are people who honor a flag that flew over a treasonous army that was fighting to defend the right for Southern states to keep and expand slavery. Somehow these individuals have convinced themselves that slavery was only a very minor part of the Civil War. When you’re dealing with that level of cognitive dissonance, it really is quite pointless to try to reason with those folks.
Now I will go on record as saying that pulling reruns of the Dukes of Hazzard is idiotic. If a show that had nothing to do with racism “offends” you because the top of the car has the Confederate flag on it, you really need to get a life. As a kid I loved The Jeffersons (I still do find it funny) and George said “honky” more times than I can even count. And let’s not even get started on All in the Family or Married with Children. The term “slippery slope” is often used when it shouldn’t be, but retroactively going back and banning or pulling shows that might be deemed “offensive” is a dangerous precedent to set.
That being said, I’ve had hundreds of Confederate flag defenders coming out of the woodwork to defend their ignorance about the flag. I’m someone who feels that if you’re going to believe something, I think you should be able to support your stance with rational facts; naturally, most of the messages I’ve received from these Confederate flag supporters have been anything but rational. In fact, they’ve easily been some of the most hate-filled, angry, aggressive and absurd messages I’ve ever received concerning anything that I’ve written.
So I thought I’d give everyone a little insight on the utter insanity I’ve been dealing with from these people. Here are just a few of the messages they’ve sent to me via Facebook and Twitter, mostly unedited (except for a few profanities) for your enjoyment. I’ve included responses to a few of them as well, in bold and parenthesis after the comment:
You are an ass. The biggest right was the right to get a fair price for the product made. The north was taxing the cotton to death. The south couldn’t get a fair price. Northern bastards still trying to tell people in the South how to live their lives, who to revere and what icons we can have. GO TO HELL ASSH*LE. (This individual is clearly unaware that I’m a born and bred Texan.)
Are you just an IDIOT or do you have to work at it. I’m from the south to and know as much as you think you do. (Again, someone who clearly isn’t aware that I’ve lived in Texas all my life. Nice grammar as well there, buddy.)
Your just like the rest of these racist people all over the United States.The Confederate Battle Flag is A Battle Flag and all it ever has been.Now if you want to stir the pot ,tell Texas the Mexicans are going to attack the Alamo again and will fly their flag over the whole state and see what happens you Moron”
The ignorance of the left never ceases to amaze me. By the way Allen, it’s the Battle Flag of Northern Virginia, not the Confederate flag. (And when it went into battle, what group of states was it representing and what were those states fighting to keep and expand?)
U sir could be the dumbest person on fb! All you can talk about is southern racism! Do you not understand that the south isn’t the only part of the country that don’t like n*ggers.
The flag was and still is a symbol of division. Not between blacks and whites, but between open-minded people, like myself and blind, ignorant and very self-centered people who think it’s okay for f*gots to get married. Wake up Allen, this isn’t the 1800s anymore. Catch up.
There are a lot of Affrican Americans who support the flag, and “think their own people don’t know their head from a hole in the ground.” Really, study up on this subject… We who believe it is Southern Heritage, not hate, have a right to our own opinion as you are stating out on facebook… PERSONALLY, I THINK YOU HAVE LOST YOUR RABBITTY ASS MIND!
Hey assh*le, what makes your opinion on the “Southern Cross” flag the right one ?? Jump over a cliff…
FIRST AND FOREMOST U AINT NO SOUTHERNER. YOUR A AFTERTHOUGHT OF IMPORTANCE .I FEEL SAD FOR PEOPLE IN TEXAS WHO HAVE TO DEBATE W YOU. WHATS WRONG MOMMY DIDNT LET U GO PLAY W THE BIG BOYS DOWN THE ROAD . WHY SO EAGER TO SUPPORT OTHERS BEFORE YOUR OWN YOU DEFINITLY NEED TO GO HANGOUT IN THE HOOD BEFORE YOU TELL ME ABOUT EQUALITY.YOU NEED TO GROW UP AND WAKE UP!
I think that’s more than enough to paint a decent picture of the sort of messages I’ve received from those defending the Confederate flag.
These were folks who specifically sought me out on my Twitter, Facebook page or even my personal profile – that’s how irate they were that I dared to call out their ignorance. Then again, when people are this married to their lies and delusions, it’s fairly obvious why the South really hasn’t changed all that much in 150 years.
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