It’s Time To Get Rid Of The Confederate Flag, And Replace It With This One

confederate-flag-supporterThere’s plenty of outrage going on right now over the decision from South Carolina’s Republican-dominated state government to remove the Confederate flag from the State House grounds. Many people are repeating the same old story about how it’s about “heritage not hate” even as they spew some of the most hateful language they can at folks who remind them of the history of slavery and how the flag was used to signify opposition to desegregation.


I’ve seen this personally during the Confederate flag debate that has raged over the last few weeks with flag supporters making threats toward me, one of whom even threatened to shoot my dog. For a bunch of good Christian people who are so passionate about their “heritage,” they sure come across as some extremely hateful, non-Christian individuals.

I personally don’t see why we need to have a flag that represents a failed attempt to break away from a country that was formed by seceding from the British Empire less than a century prior to a conflict that was the bloodiest in our nation’s history. This is one nation, and it should be under one flag. The general vibe I get from most folks who are the biggest supporters of continuing to fly a flag of failed rebellion is that they really don’t love this country and what it stands for. They say they love the Constitution, but it turns out that they only like it when it gives them rights, and not when it gives the same rights to people who aren’t like them. They claim to support law enforcement, but that support only lasts as long as those officers have their weapons pointed at people they don’t want living in their neighborhoods and going to their schools. These aren’t patriots, they’re wannabe secessionists who are angry that a war that ended 150 years ago didn’t turn out the way they wish it could have.

I’m a Southerner, that’s no secret. When I was a small child, I was given a replica Confederate hat with the Stars and Bars on the top. I’m sure that if I were to browse through our old family photo albums, I could probably find a picture of me, probably still in diapers, wearing that stupid hat. That was the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in the 1980s, where rebel flags on pickup trucks were as common as the deer rifles on gun racks inside them. To be honest with you though, while I consider myself a military history enthusiast (especially with the Civil War), I have never been able to relate with the resentment so many people continue to harbor over a war that ended long before they were born.

While some say the Confederate flag represents the South, it only really represents the part of the South that bitterly clings on to the past, a time when whites and blacks were forced to eat and worship separately from each other. That South, the one that still yearns for a time before minorities had the same rights as white citizens, is still alive and passing on the resentments of their forefathers to the next generation. I’ve seen high school kids here in Louisiana tie nooses, laughingly egged on by their parents while Neo-Confederates hand out literature at food festivals not far from the site of the Reconstruction-era Opelousas Massacre. 150 years after the last shots of the Civil War were fired, the Confederate flag still appears on government buildings and even police cars in the small town of Amite, LA.


It’s time for a new flag for the South, one that represents and celebrates the best part of all of our heritages, not just the one that angrily clings to a past they never really knew. The South of George C. Wallace, Maurice Bessinger, Jim Crow and Nathan Bedford Forrest will never rise again – despite the assertions of angry old men who have repeated that promise ever since their fathers told them the same thing under burning crosses in the humid pine forests of 1950s Mississippi or Alabama.

The Confederate flag will be removed in Columbia, SC today. Across the nation, country music stars, businesses like NASCAR and even Republican politicians who have previously supported the Confederate flag are now walking away from it. If you need a flag to represent our Southern heritage, let’s use the rainbow flag that currently signifies gay pride. The many colors of the flag can represent the many ethnic groups and cultures of the new South, one where all people have a chance to live as they please, and I’m sure the LGBT community won’t mind the appropriation of this flag either.

It’s not 1865, it’s 2015. The South of the KKK and white privilege will never rise again. It’s time to take down the Confederate flag and put it in war museums where it belongs. It’s time to move on.



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  • Thunder Panus

    You are kidding right?The rainbow flag is every bit as offensive as the one they just took down.Homosexuality is not normal behavior but I guess you can keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel better.

    • noah vail

      rabid enthusiasm of “southern pride” is not normal behavior either but at least the gay flag doesn’t represent hatred and anti-americanism as does that traitorous rag they seem so proud of

      • 1968_Camaro

        That’s right, Noah. The rainbow flag represents what is GOOD about America. It celebrates the diversity of the people living here in the US, and around the world.

      • curmudgeon VN Veteran

        There is NOTHING of value or good in homosexuality. Keep kidding your self that you are normal.

      • 1968_Camaro

        There is nothing good or honorable about YOU. YOU are the one who is not normal. You are a bigot who does not want to see value in his fellow human beings. I hope and pray that one day you wake up and realize just how hateful you have been and that you spend the rest of your life repenting for YOUR immoral hatred against your fellow human beings. And that you spend your days feeling remorse and guilt for what you have said. You should be ashamed of yourself, BIGOT. By the way, I am not gay. I am a straight ally to the LGBT community because of bigots like you and have the courage to stand up against jerks like you who are mean and hateful

      • noah vail

        count me as being on your team…straight man who defends my sister’s (and her friends) lifestyle against “christian” haters

      • curmudgeon VN Veteran

        I am so impressed at your warm fuzzy feelings. Liberalism is a mental disorder and people like you are worse than the homo’s.

      • 1968_Camaro

        Wow. Sounds like you have a touch of PTSD and anger issues. Conservatism is all about greed, selfishness and a callous disregard for one’s fellow human beings. It could be said that conservatism is a mental disorder in that it is an extreme form of narcissism. (extreme selfishness).

      • noah vail

        you might want to read a history book to see what homosexuals have contributed to society…i’ll bet it’s a lot more than you have

      • curmudgeon VN Veteran

        Take a quarter and find someone who cares.

      • imoffendedthatyoureoffended

        Um, it also celebrates the potential eradication of an entire species because of its inability to reproduce. It’s like construction: you have to have nuts and bolts, not just nuts.

      • jimew

        I’m curious how you can espouse a violation of a religious symbol as “good”. The Norse traditions has a lock on the Bifrost bridge- rainbow bridge long before the LGBT stole the symbol, and appropriated for their own use. You are saying that the rainbow coalition is “good”, for the same behavior the Nazis exhibited towards the swastika.

    • noah vail

      remember, god made homosexuals in his image as well as you…you’re one and the same

      • Jesuslovesus

        God did not make gay people

      • noah vail

        your book says that god made man in his image…so you’re saying that god didn’t make women either? get your head out of your ass and wake up

      • Jesuslovesus

        The Bible says that God was against homosexuality, therefore he did not make homosexual people

      • noah vail

        god is against assholes as well but here you are

      • Jesuslovesus

        Here I thought I was talking to a person who was not a bigot, guess I was wrong

      • noah vail

        and gaybashing isn’t bigotry? hypoctrite!…. I can’t take seriously those who take the bible literally…. …and BTW you don’t know who made who so you talk it over with ted cruz and get back with me

      • Jesuslovesus

        How was I bashing gay people?

      • 1968_Camaro

        Well said Noah. God DID make people in his image and that includes men, women, straight and LGBT people.

  • imoffendedthatyoureoffended

    This article has to be satire… If the author thinks for one gay second that the rainbow flag should be flown over a Confederate memorial (or any memorial to anyone other than Harvey Milk or RuPaul), he needs his head examined. It’s not enough to come down here and cause division, but you want to add offense and insult to injury?

    • curmudgeon VN Veteran

      Now that they have raised such a fuss over the flag will the liberals and negroes suddenly be happy little people or continue to be perpetually offended over everything? Not to mention all the Black on White crime that is constantly covered up by the administration and their willing lap-dogs in the MSM. Nice to know that all the thugs will become instantly civilized now that the Stars and Bars will no longer fly over the South Carolina statehouse.

      • imoffendedthatyoureoffended

        Today it’s the flag that is so offensive. Tomorrow it will be anything made of leather, because “that’s what whips were made of.” Oh, and we how can we forget how offensive white cotton t-shirts are? Those have to go!

      • curmudgeon VN Veteran

        You are trying to argue with members of the perpetually offended class. All emotion and zero facts and logic. Common sense is a concept unfamiliar to liberals of any kind.

      • noah vail

        then how come it’s the crackers that are doing all the whining and crying

      • jimew

        And how many posts have you made on this thread?

      • noah vail

        so i guess that all those white guys in the prisons are there by mistake, right?…get a grip and realize that THE SOUTHh LOST THE CIVIL WAR and the traitors who fought against the U.S. should not be commemorated in any way

      • curmudgeon VN Veteran

        Sonny, I am a Northerner who did not fight in the first Civil War so your diarrhea of the mouth holds no sway with me. The fact that a flag can get your sensitive little panties in a wad does give me a warm fuzzy feeling.

      • noah vail

        anything that offends others gives you people a warm fuzzy feeling…it’s just the way the brain dead react…bless your heart

      • jimew

        why Noah, you slipped into a southernism. Next thing you know, you’ll realize the error of your ways.

      • noah vail

        it seems to me that it’s the thugs that are flying that POS rag…

    • 1968_Camaro

      You need YOUR head examined. You sound like a selfish bigot. I hope one day you begin to realize just how bad a person you are and that you spend the rest of your life feeling remorse and sorrow for having been a hateful bigot

      • imoffendedthatyoureoffended

        I’m a selfish bigot because I don’t want a rainbow flag flown over a memorial to my ancestors? Seriously? If you want to fly a rainbow flag (or any other flag) that’s your business, but don’t use your new-found pride as a weapon to show disrespect to a group of men that fought to defend their homes and families. That’s just wrong.

      • noah vail

        it was your ancestors who were wrong and you are following in their footsteps… bless your heart

      • curmudgeon VN Veteran

        You are aware that dropping the racist or bigot charge on anyone is a statement that you have nothing to back up your charge and have lost the debate.

      • rosemarienoa

        Again you outdo yourself !!!

      • curmudgeon VN Veteran

        At least the moderators here must either have found a sense of humor or this went over their heads.

    • noah vail

      why not, you people have offended the rest of the country for decades and injured anyone that didn’t meet your “standards”…stfu cracker

  • 1968_Camaro

    Unlikely to be true. Liberals don’t beat others or advocate violence. Conservatives are the ones who are bombing churches and attacking people for their differences. Evaluate the Southern Poverty Law Center website http://www.splcenter.org for specific information on hate groups. You will find that they are right wing extremist groups. Conservatism is about selfishness and a disregard for people and thus hate groups are found in the conservative aspect of society. Liberals are too busy working, raising families and working to make our society better for all of us to be involved in violent acts.