John Oliver Offers His Perfect Take On How We Should Repurpose The Confederate Flag (Video)

john-oliver-confederate-flagIf you ask me, John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight is one of the best weekly shows on television right now. In just a little over a year, Oliver has made it a point to inform people of stories they normally might never have even heard about, delivered with the wit and humor necessary to keep things interesting.

Well, last night Oliver weighed in on the controversy surrounding South Carolina and the fact that the Confederate flag is still flown in front of the State House. Something that’s honestly difficult to comprehend considering it’s 2015 – not 1915.

Oliver expressed his frustration at how, in 2015, there’s still a state in this country flying a flag that represents racism and treason against the United States. Then again, this is South Carolina we’re talking about. It was the first state to secede from the United States and it was the place where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.

Oliver didn’t call for an outright ban of the flag; to the contrary, he offered a fairly hilarious “use” for the Confederate flag.

“The Confederate flag is one of those symbols that should really only be seen on t-shirts, belt buckles and bumper stickers to help the rest of us identify the worst people in the world,” Oliver quipped.

He then went on to mock how many Republicans have gone to some rather interesting lengths to dance around the issue of whether or not the flag should be taken down.

Though he pointed out that removing the flag isn’t exactly something that can be done easily considering it takes two-thirds of each chamber of the state assembly to do anything to the Confederate flag flying in front of the State House. And I get the feeling that even after such an intense public backlash following one of the worst acts of racial violence in a very long time, this symbol of hate is still going to remain flying in South Carolina.

“They were originally going to make it three-fifths, but even they thought that might be a bit on the note,” Oliver said, alluding to the time in our history when African-Americans were only counted as three-fifths of a person.

Seeing this all play out, it’s easy to become disillusioned. I still can’t believe that we’re even having this debate. While its defenders might try to twist around history to claim that the Confederate flag doesn’t mean what every sane person in this country knows it does, the bottom-line is there’s nothing to be proud of as it relates to any flag that represented any part of a time period or movement in our history when this country was nearly ripped apart because some people wanted to continue owning other human beings as property.

Watch the video below via HBO by way of Crooks and Liars:

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  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    Any response from the gun-toting teabaggers on this? MAN, John Oliver just laid the wood to you idiots…

  • Ram Garcia

    Maybe he has a point there…Leave the flag flying at the top of the flag pole and tie it down nice and tight…. Then just take the damn flag pole down..

  • Charles Vincent

    Look at that Bill Clinton used it as a banner for his 1992 presidential campaign.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      so 20+ year ago BS is your reason for wanting to keep it? It seems you are out of touch since crazy ass Repubes all across the country are calling for it to be removed. Man, you must be a serious racist.

      • Charles Vincent

        wahhh wahhh its 20 years ago wah wah. get a better retort moron. Secondly flying a flag is considered speech and therefore covered under the first amendment, get over yourself.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        you must really hate the GOP today since they are leading the way in calling for it to be removed…..LOL

      • Charles Vincent

        Not really I don’t really like either party but that’s irrelevant. What is relevant is that I choose to advocate freedom of speech regardless of whether I agree with the message being communicated.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        I’ll give you credit, you sure do love your symbols of racism and spend a lot of time reading and posting on why states should continue. I expect most of you Bretibart nitwits and racists to act this way. I bet you were also overjoyed when the racist little POS shot those people too. In fact, I know people like you celebrate when things like that happen. You are such a small town redneck POS. Luckily, even the GOP doesn’t agree with you today. Tough luck Cleetus

      • Charles Vincent

        Symbols are also considered free speech and i will support them even if i don’t agree.

        ” I bet you were also overjoyed when the racist little POS shot those
        people too. In fact, I know people like you celebrate when things like
        that happen. You are such a small town redneck POS. Luckily, even the
        GOP doesn’t agree with you today. Tough luck Cleetus”

        I am sensing a pattern here with your use of hasty generalizations.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Providing aid and comfort to domestic terrorists is the type of free speech you are advocating here. This symbol you love, helped to inspire this young man to murder 9 people because they didn’t look like him. You are probably a big supporter of cross burnings too. It’s very telling that this bothers Strom Thurmond’s son, but doesn’t bother you in the least. Let me guess, you probably drive around your podunk town with rebel surrender flags flying out of the back of your truck. Enjoy your day of trolling liberal sites, douche bag.

      • Charles Vincent

        No what I am supporting is not just their right to say what they will but also your right to speak in dissent. You have failed to make that simple connection.

  • Hildabeast

    Political correctness gone haywire.Just like the need to put a woman on the new ten dollar bill.Hey I have an idea, lets put Caitlyn Jenner on there.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      Well, Caitlyn IS a republican…..why are you using her as some weak-ass attempt at humor? Only 7th grade, redneck, troubled children might find your brand of humor slightly amusing.