Racism For Profit: One Quick Example of How the Radical Right Exploits Their Own

confederate-flagIt’s gotten to the point where sometimes I just have to laugh at the sheer cajones on some of the more radical right pages. Now don’t get me wrong y’all, some leftist pages play fast and loose with the truth as well, but this one from the page “America’s Misguided Children” is just too much. In this post, one of the admins infers that he is the young black man holding the Stars and Bars in the photo with the following commentary, which I am posting in full in case he decides to delete it later on:

“I just can stomach the morons who come to our page every single time we post the confederate flag… call out for racism!!

Listen idiots , I am a Cuban born and I have more knowledge of the Civil war than half of you morons born here and that is no damn excuse for being so damn ignorant about your history.The false notion that the Battle Flag must be a racist symbol is born of the mistaken belief that the Civil War was about slavery. This bit of propaganda has been repeated ever since President Lincoln and his political allies decided to “free the slaves” (in actuality Lincoln only freed those slaves in the Confederacy, slaves in Union states such as Maryland and West Virginia remained slaves). The truth, however, is plain to anyone who wishes to delve into the history, and the proof lies in the proposed Corwin Amendment of 1861. This amendment was proposed by Congressman Thomas Corwin (R) from Ohio and stated,No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State.

Prior to his election, Lincoln had voiced his support of the amendment. Like many politicians of his time, Lincoln believed in the preservation of the Union beyond all else. When the Bill was brought before the House seven states had already formally left the Union (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina) never the less the bill passed 133-65 and was forwarded to the Senate. In March of 1861 the Senate approved the bill 24-12. Both of these votes were from a Northern majority, seeing as most of the South had already left. Both the outgoing President, James Buchanan, and the newly elected Abraham Lincoln publicly endorsed the amendment. In fact, during Lincoln’s inaugural address he had this to say of the Corwin Amendment,

I understand a proposed amendment to the Constitution–which amendment, however, I have not seen–has passed Congress, to the effect that the Federal Government shall never interfere with the domestic institutions of the States, including that of persons held to service. To avoid misconstruction of what I have said, I depart from my purpose not to speak of particular amendments so far as to say that, holding such a provision to now be implied Constitutional law, I have no objection to its being made express and irrevocable.1

The amendment went on to be ratified by Ohio, Maryland, and then Illinois before the outbreak of the Civil War halted the process of adopting the new amendment. Now ask yourself, if the Civil War was really about slavery why didn’t the Corwin Amendment, already passed by the Federal Legislature and well on its way to ratification (given the three free states which had ratified it, and the 15 slave states which would as well, only four more states would have needed to ratify it), end the conflict? The Northern states had already compromised on slavery.

The truth is that the Civil War was not about slavery, it just became popular to create propaganda to make it seem so because it gave the Union an image of moral superiority.

So take another look at the flag and answer this very simple question : Do you see a big letter “X” anywhere on the flag? What if I were to lay that X down on its side like this? : Do you see it now? The X is formed by the big, blue bands which are outlined with white trim.

Now take another look at the flag. On this big “X” there are thirteen white stars. See them? Do you know what these thirteen stars represent? They represent the thirteen original, united colonies from which the United States began. Each one of these colonies had its own system of self government… until the start of ‘northern aggression’ when the northern states began trying to usurp authority over the southern states. This was the main cause of the Civil War.

Point of fact : The thirteen stars on this flag appear to lie on the blue X… but in reality, the X lies on the stars, allowing them to shine through.

Now, a simple question : Do you remember from your grade-school years how the teachers would sometimes ask you to circle the right answers or picture on a work page, or to put an X on a picture or word or other item that didn’t belong in a group? That is the same concept this flag is designed around; the stars are laid out in the pattern of an X, and the blue bands are put on the thirteen stars to show that the southern states no longer wanted to be a part of the union with the northern states. In simpler terms, the message of flag’s design is simply this… CROSS US OUT of your Union! The southern states withdrew from the union in a movement called “secession,” which led to the Civil War.

That is the only message this flag is sending!

That is all there is to it!

It is just that simple!

If this flag actually represented slavery, hatred, white supremacy, or something worse, as so many biased and uneducated people so foolishly believe, then it’s design would reflect that by incorporating images of those whom it stood against, and there would be a big X on their images.

But that is NOT what is on this flag!

And that is NOT the message this flag sends!

This flag is NOT racist! NEVER has been! NEVER will be!

And as I stated earlier, all that people need to have to be able to see and understand this obvious truth is a basic knowledge of history and an ounce of common sense!

LONG LIVE THE SOUTH!!!

Tank”


So what is the real story? It turns out that the young black man in the picture isn’t the admin of America’s Misguided Children’s Facebook page at all. Instead it is one Byron Thomas, a college student who gained a brief news mention back in 2011 for having been asked by the University of South Carolina Beaufort to take down a Confederate flag he hung in his dorm room.

However, never let the facts or even multiple links to the facts via a simple Google search get in the way of a story distorted or completely lied about by the for-profit political fringes. What was once a rebellious act of one college student became “proof” that one of the most disgusting right-wing pages wasn’t racist. When you look closely enough, you’ll find that they’re formerly “Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children,” which was a Facebook page shut down over the summer for racism and hate speech. The links back to the website where they sell their merchandise is proof.

Just as I’ve previously accused some “liberal” bloggers of caring about profit first and the cause a distant second, the same goes for pages like “Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children” and others in their little network of pages designed to make money off angry, delusional members of the far right. Like Sarah Palin or Ann Coulter or similar media hucksters, they know there is plenty of cash to be made by selling merchandise and posting articles intended to create outrage on the left.

I’ll venture a guess that the administrators of a lot of these pages really aren’t the virulent political ideologues that their followers believe them to be, but when you can sell a whole bunch of misspelled sweatshirts that infringe on another company’s trademark at $69.94 a pop and you have a very rabid fanbase, you have to keep up the pretense that you are just as crazy as they are — even if it means posting a picture of a misguided college student and assuming your followers are dumb enough not to question it.

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  • Linda Jenkins

    Yes, the “profit motive” many a whore makes~lj

  • Sometimes it’s just Nuts

    how it a cuban born “man” able to lecture anyone in this country about the civil war….why in the world is he even in this country if he feels the stars and stripes should be second to the confederate flag?

    • Debbie Williams

      clearly you didn’t read the article.

  • artos

    well he was partially correct it was a fight for states rights and on how they can self govern but to say its all about it is a bit off

  • Texas4Pete

    Using the same logic let’s wave the Swastika.The swastika is an ancient symbol that has been used for over 3,000 years. (That even predates the ancient Egyptian symbol, the Ankh!) Artifacts such as pottery and coins from ancient Troy show that the swastika was a commonly used symbol as far back as 1000 BCE. (facetious)

  • JulieRN

    This self proclaimed expert on the Civil War is not totally correct about his assumption. Initially Lincoln’s only intent was to hold the Union together. He wrote to Horace Greeley saying “If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves; and if I could save it by leaving some and freeing others alone I would also do that.” But as the war progressed, it was Lincoln’s belief that the slaves should be free and it provided a moral purpose for the war. He knew that it would also cripple the South by ruining their economy that had been built on the backs of slaves. Lincoln had always hated slavery since as a young man he had gone down the Mississippi River to New Orleans and witnessed the slave traders. He decided that the war finally provided the opportunity to end what he considered a grave moral wrong.
    West Virginia actually broke away from Virginia and became its own state because it did not want to secede from the Union along with Virginia. Maryland was a border state and soon freed its slaves. The North had almost unanimously already outlawed slavery.
    If the Confederate flag only intended to represent “cross me out of the Union,” it also represented the preservation of a society that prospered on the enslavement of others. That is why it is seen by many as a symbol of racism and oppression. “LONG LIVE THE SOUTH” says it all… People are still angry, after all these years, about the outcome of the Civil War and probably still wish they could restore their antiquated vision of society.

  • emeraldeyes24

    Clearly, from the discussion here, let’s face it NO ONE KNOWS! There are variations of the true events depending on the political bent of the speaker, the readings of the speaker, the perceptions of the speaker and the preferred version of the speaker. That is on the historical perspective. What we do KNOW is that TODAY there are those who aspire to be despicable racists, we’ve seen the images and heard the words from those who practice bigotry and they see the Confederate Flag as representing their viewpoint – and that is offensive to most. You can argue history forever and there is no way of knowing for certain who said what and what they meant or what it speaks to but best to stay in the present for certainty.

  • Djeh-b

    “implied” not “inferred.”

  • The ULTIMATE Dave K

    I say people should just read what’s referred to as the “Cornerstone Speech” and see what the Confederacy’s own Vice-President said was the foundation of their nation. I’ll believe someone who was in the second highest office of that land at the time before I’ll believe the apologists and revisionists who were born more than a hundred years after they were gone. Look it up for yourself.

  • Chris

    OK in the civil war hundreds of thousands of americans lined up in rows and walked into point blank range and fired crude firearms at each other in the most horrific style of warfare known to man. Do you think they did this because they were interested in the politics and the policy makers. Or did they do this because they believed in the fundamentals behind what they were fighting for. Whether you want to listen to semantics and the bullshit arguments made on either side at the end of the day a war was fought and won and the people that won have no intention of letting the losers EVER have their way again. So All I have to say is this for the winners hooray to you!

    And for the losers take your fucking flag and shove it up your ass with the Nazi flag and you can stuff a Japanese rising sun up there too. And if you can fit a union Jack up there that’s fine but i have no beef with the Brits since they did there part and more in WWI and WWII. It doesn’t mean we will EVER let them have their way here again.