The idea that in 2015 we are still debating the merits of whether the Confederate flag should be removed is truly vexing to me. But it has me thinking, is it that folks just don’t know the meaning of the Confederate Flag? Or is it that the truth is just too ugly for liberal minded folks to acknowledge? The bottom line is the Confederate flag is directly tied to the Confederate cause, which was and will always be about white supremacy and pro-slavery. The Confederate States of America firmly and emphatically stood for slavery and white supremacy from its birth.
And anyone who chooses to say otherwise is basically turning a blind eye and refusing to be reality based about this country’s history and the enduring strength of the racist views that its symbols celebrate.This is not my opinion nor is it the result of revisionism. And you don’t need to read between the lines to understand the plain meaning that the Confederate flag has held for many across history.
Now, after the Civil War ended, the “Stars and Bars” flag became the source of Southern pride and heritage. For some, it was a way to honor the soldiers who lost their lives, but as racism and segregation took a hold of the country as a whole, and particularly in the southern states, it became a divisive and violent symbol of the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacist groups.
Just the other day, the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan’s Pelham, North Carolina, chapter reserved the Statehouse Grounds in South Carolina for a rally next month. And according to James Spears, the Great Titan of the chapter, he said the group would be rallying to protest “the Confederate flag being took down for all the wrong reasons. It’s part of white people’s culture,” he added.
Part of white people’s culture… Here we have an example of just one of the many modern-day racists who continue to brandish Confederate symbols and trust that they are not distorting their meaning. On the contrary: these racists stand proudly within the Confederate tradition. And the sad reality is there are a large percentage of folks who are closeted racists who pay homage to an armed insurrection that resulted in the deaths of more than 700,000 combined troops and civilians and actually revere the leaders responsible.
But as James Spears stated, this is a part of white people’s culture… So I guess this makes it okay… And I guess us black folks who have an issue with being reminded of a time not long ago when we had a legalized system of slavery, dehumanization, rape and mass murder are supposed to continue dealing with it. Like we’ve always done.
I have a better idea. Why don’t we just educate folks on the real history of this country? Let’s stop hiding behind freedom of speech and being political correct and call out ignorance and hate for what it is. And if white folks are tired of hearing black folks talk about racism, think about how much more tired we are of experiencing it… Just sayin…