From what I’m seeing, you folks seem to think your opinions on the Confederate flag, the Confederacy and the Civil War are felt by the majority of Americans – well, they’re not. And I emphasize the word “opinion” because that’s all you people have – opinions based on what you want to be factual as opposed to what is factual.
Let’s get this out of the way first: Did states’ rights play a part in the Civil War? Absolutely.
But answer me this: What “right” was it exactly that these Confederate states were fighting to keep the federal government from taking away?
If the Confederacy and the Confederate flag don’t represent racism or slavery, why was the Ku Klux Klan created by former Confederate soldiers almost immediately as the Civil War came to an end, using the Confederate battle flag as a symbol of their beliefs? Was that all just a big coincidence?
Also, why did these former Confederate states enact Jim Crow laws that segregated African-Americans for nearly a century after the defeat of the South? If the Civil War was just about “states’ rights,” then what rights were Jim Crow laws protecting?
But some of you seem to believe that this is about you. Well, I’m going to let you in on a little secret: Nobody cares what you think.
If you want to keep clinging to your delusions about what the Civil War was and what the Confederate flag represents, go right ahead. Flying that flag or wearing some sort of Confederate garb just makes it easier for the rest of us to spot who the fools are.
Now I understand, not everyone who defends this flag is a racist. I’m a born and bred Texan, I know many have been raised to believe that the Confederate flag is just about “Southern pride” and “Southern heritage” – but that’s bullshit. The only reason why that lie has become ingrained in Southern culture is because its meaning has been warped, distorted and altered over history.
It’s called cognitive dissonance. It’s why I’ve often said that while I’ve seen a lot of racism, I’ve met very few racists. It’s people who’ll say things like “I’m not a racist, I just don’t want a black president” who honestly don’t understand that saying that is racist. Just because you begin a sentence with “I’m not a racist” doesn’t make it okay to say something racially offensive afterwards.
Judging anyone based on the color of their skin, in any way, is racism – period. You don’t get to make yourself feel better by picking and choosing what you think is or isn’t racist. Because racism isn’t about you – it’s about those who you’re judging based on the color of their skin.
The main reason why so many people in the South claim that the Confederate flag only represents “Southern heritage” is because for nearly a century following the Civil War the South did everything it could to deny African-Americans their rights, and that flag was a huge symbol used by those people to represent their belief that African-Americans were not equal. Just because somewhere along the lines the flag was distorted into a cultural symbol used by some country musicians and plastered on bikinis and other nonsense – that doesn’t change what the flag actually represents.
And I’m sick and tired of hearing this argument, “Well, my ancestors fought for the South and they didn’t own slaves.” Who cares? Not every solider who fought for Nazi Germany killed Jews, or even hated them – heck they might not have even been bad people – but the fact is they fought for Nazi Germany. History will forever view them as part of one of the most horrific events in human history.
The fact of the matter is, the Confederacy was formed in opposition to the government that was elected through the process created by our Constitution. Those states then attacked a U.S. military installation and declared war on the United States. In other words, they committed treason.
Let me put it like this: What would all of you Confederate flag supporters think if 13 liberal states seceded from the United States over an issue with which you disagree… then one of them eventually opening fire and attacking a United States military base? Would you call those people “heroes” for fighting for what they claimed was their states’ rights?
Hell no – you’d call them domestic terrorists and traitors.
But that’s exactly what the Confederacy did. These states didn’t like that our government was pushing to abolish slavery and deny its expansion into Western territories, so they seceded from the Union — then attacked a U.S. military fort.
But as I surf around the Internet, reading the many comments left by those continuing to defend this flag, it’s just amazing how these people seem to think that their opinions about the meaning of the Confederate flag trump the reality of what it represents.
So by all means, continue to throw a hissy fit. Come bash me on Twitter or my Facebook page if you’d like. Trust me, nobody really gives a damn. You’re just gnats buzzing around the rest of us celebrating a moment in our nation’s history when the will of the majority of the American people once again triumphed over the ignorance symbolized by the Confederate flag.
It’s a great day to be an American, and this is the only flag I honor:
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