I Called Out Those Who Take Pride in the Confederate Flag, Here Are Some of Their Absurd Responses

confederate-flagSince the tragic shooting in Charleston, South Carolina that took the lives of nine African-Americans by a perpetrator who was clearly driven by racism, the debate over the Confederate flag still flying high over the State House has intensified. While most people I think rightfully view the flag as a symbol of racism, hate and slavery, there are still millions of Americans (especially in the South) who continue to cling to something that represents the biggest treasonous act perpetrated against this country in our nation’s history.

Because that’s what the Confederacy was – a group of traitors. They didn’t like what our Constitutionally-elected government was doing so they tried to form their own nation – then declared war against the United States.

Well, yesterday I wrote an article calling out those who claim the Confederate flag is just about “their heritage.” As expected, I got quite a few responses from these folks who, even though I provided ample evidence proving that this flag represented racism, still tried to claim that it’s just a symbol for “Southern heritage” or that it doesn’t represent racism.

So I thought I’d share a few of these responses with everyone, so you can judge for yourself whether or not their arguments hold water. I’ll put my response to them in bold print after each comment.

This flag does not in any way glorify racism at all, all the race baiters are looking for scapegoats to shift the blame on other things. The states that succeeded from the Union needed a flag to represent their Nation so what do we have from the “Confederate states of America?” The Confederate flag….so all of you morons shouting racism need to stfu and go after the real problems. – This person just exemplifies stupidity. 

I love how this is compared to a “Nazi flag.” Germans wave a German flag for German pride, not the Nazi flag. A confederate flag distinguishes north from the south. There is a huge difference.. With or without racism, human ownership yada yada. – Actually the reason why Germans don’t wave the Nazi flag is because most of them are ashamed of their past, unlike supporters of the Confederacy. To be honest, I’m not even sure where the “logic” is with this one

The flag does NOT represent racism! The stupid ass kkk took it and turned it into something of hate. That flag represents the southern cross. – I like how they completely ignore huge swaths of history to focus on the design of the flag as opposed to what the flag stood for. And here’s a question for this genius: Why do you think the KKK took this flag to represent their white supremacist beliefs? 

I have ancestors that enlisted during the Civil War for the South and while I do not know first hand what their stance on race or slavery was, I am proud of the service. I am proud in the leadership of Robert E. Lee, who openly stated his reasoning was State’s Rights over an oppressive central government. – This person is proud that their ancestors fought for the right for human beings to be owned as property, while many of those “pieces of property” were often tortured and murdered by these slave owners. Again, this would be like a German saying they’re proud that their relatives fought for Hitler and “German pride.” 

So I guess the Dukes of Hazard was a hateful show because the star of the show had a confederate flag on the roof and was called the ” General Lee “? Those Duke boys were never meanin’ no harm.. – I will just let this simple-minded idiocy speak for itself. 

Why is it okay for everyone, except southern people, to be proud of their heritage? Why do we not count? I’m seeing a lot of hate here, and it’s not the Confederate flag spreading it. – Here’s another rocket scientist who apparently doesn’t get that there’s a difference between being proud of where you’re from and honoring a symbol that stood for racism and hate. I’m proud to be from Texas (yes, it’s true), but that doesn’t mean I’m proud of what Texas stood for during the Civil War. 

This message is so full of $hit. The composer doesn’t know what she is even writing about she cannot even begin to understand. You can’t fix stupidity. – First, I’m a “he” not a “she.” Second, I love the elaborate details of this comment saying what was wrong with my article. This is essentially what you call someone who tells me I’m “full of sh*t” simply because they don’t like the truth that they’ve just been given. And I don’t think I really need to point out the irony of the end of their message. 

Keep your opinions to yourself. – This translates to: These facts don’t support what I want to be real, so please stop telling them to me. 

It’s just a flag. – And the swastika is just two oddly-shaped, intertwined and angled “S’s.” 

What was the largest treasonous uprising against the British government? The colonies rebelling? Those same colonies that kept slaves and refused to pay their taxes? Only 6% of people in states in the south owned slaves. I find you hypocritical that you praise the rebellious flag of the US and condemn the flag of the Confederacy. History was ever written by the victor. – I’m not really sure what the British have to do with the Confederacy. First, our Constitution established the United States, which is the country to which I’m loyal – as should all Americans be as well. And the point isn’t whether or not this nation supported slavery – it did – it’s that as we evolved and we were trying to rid ourselves of slavery, these states betrayed this country and started a war for the right to continue to own other human beings as property. And now there are millions of Americans who still honor the most well-known symbol of racism, hate and treason. 

I’ll end it there, but there were plenty more. And as you can see, there are quite a few people out there who will go to great lengths to defend the Confederate flag. They absolutely love twisting history, ignoring facts and making false equivalencies to support their ignorance about what this flag really represents – hate, racism, treason and one of the most deplorable and dark periods in American history. Hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you think.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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