The Flag of the Confederate States of America...you've probably been hearing about it. It's been dominating the news.
On June 17th, a white shooter went into the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina and killed 9 people. The website of the racist killer Dylann Roof had photographs in which the Confederate flag was an element. That immediately started a backlash.
Warner Bros. announced they would no longer sanction the production of "Dukes of Hazzard" merchandise that featured the flag which was painted on the roof of the orange Dodge Charger driven by the Duke brothers- referred to as the General Lee. The cable network TV Land followed with their announcement that they have removed the show from their schedule and will no longer air episodes of the popular show. Retailers like Walmart and Sears, as well as internet sites like Amazon, eBay and Etsy have said they will ban sales of Confederate Flag merchandise.
NASCAR requested that all tracks which host its national series events "refrain from displaying the Confederate Flag" at their events. South Carolina governor Nikki Haley has called for the removal of the flag from the state's capitol grounds. The presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, said the flag "shouldn't fly."
The massacre at the church was abhorrent and the murderer needs to be tried, convicted and put to death.
However, this campaign to get rid of the Confederate Flag is seemingly being done to apply guilt to a symbol to somehow garner some comfort in the wake of tragic event. It's almost like they feel that having the flag made him do it. No, what made him do it was the environment he grew up in. He is a hater and he is a bigot.
Because they're not going to get enough satisfaction out of the killer's adjudication, instead they are attacking a symbol. But really, they are just using this event to continue an ongoing battle against the Confederate Flag. Since the Civil War it has been considered a symbol of slavery, oppression and racism; and in the past few years, specifically during the administration of President Obama, there had been a renewed effort to get rid of the flag.
Winston Churchill said "History will be kind to me because I intend to write it." This reflects the mindset that "history is written by the victors." (Which may or may not have also been said by him.) But now history is being rewritten by a minority group of people just because they are yelling the loudest.
The Confederate Flag is history. Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, are you going to write him out of the history books because of that?
Erasing history doesn't change it. Liberals seem to think you can. For example, on the PBS show "Finding Your Roots," when guest actor/director/and new Batman Ben Affleck found out one of his ancestors had owned slaves, he asked for that reference to be omitted from a 2014 episode.
A new CNN poll shows that 57% of Americans see the flag more as a symbol of Southern pride than as a symbol of racism, which is about the same as in 2000 when it was 59%. However, opinions are sharply divided by race, and among whites, views are split by education and political ideology.
Right off the bat, the right to display the Confederate Flag is a Constitutional right guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. That little piece of information seems to have slipped by some people.
There was a Civil War that tore this country apart, that is an undeniable fact. However, why it happened seems to be a little cloudy because public education in this country is specifically engineered to dumb-down Americans and keep them in the dark as to why things are the way they are today.
When this country was established, it took money to send ships here with what was needed to do that. That money came from British bankers. Not everyone who came to this country were against the Crown. When America declared her independence, it was problematic, because the British bankers realized they were not going to get a return on their investment, even though they had a legitimate claim of debt. In addition, when we asked the French to help us, we also incurred a debt with them. When we decided to breakaway from England, we had no money.
When a country lent money to another country, it was a 70-year Note, and it became due about the time that Lincoln had become President. He didn't want to give away any land as part of the foreclosure, so he tried to renegotiate with them. The bankers were willing to do that, but as part of the deal, the bankers wanted to hold the public lands of all 34 republics as collateral for the debt. When the Southern States found out about those terms, making them responsible for the debt of a war they never fought in, they didn't agree with it and decided to secede instead. The repercussions on many levels of this move by the South is what precipitated the military action of the North. They were sovereign individual nation States and had the right to do that; just as Texas does today because that was their status before they became a State.
And yes, Slavery was another issue; but the thing is, Slavery wasn't just confined to the South. I live near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania which is the location of Fort Hunter, a complex of post-Colonial era buildings where a supply fort and garrison had been built. There you'll the Archibald McAllister House. Obviously this historic area has changed over time, and now across the highway behind it, you can see the walled-in private cemetery for the McAllister family. But, behind that, hidden somewhere in a wooded area is an area known by Dauphin County as the "Slave Graves." They lead a tour there once a year in November when the area is more navigable. For the most part however, this fact is not one that is publicized. I'm sure there are many areas in the North where this has happened. Slavery wasn't just carried out in the South.
Another area of contention was States' Rights. The argument has been made that Slavery would have become obsolete because of the Industrial Revolution. But that Revolution came with a price and would not have readily migrated southward. The South was competing economically with the North and there was competition to move westward and expand. The secession brought with it the commitment to preserve their way of life at a time when the Federal Government was encroaching upon them on many different levels.
Slavery was a reprehensible and a shameful chapter in American history, just as the treatment of the Indians which continues today. Despite Civil Rights legislation, and the election of Obama, Blacks in America still experience prejudice. There is a subconscious resentment within them towards injustice, which is understandable. But, is attacking a symbol of history really necessary?
What is known today as the Confederate Flag had actually been rejected as the national flag of the Confederate States of America (CSA) in 1861, and was adopted as the battle flag of Northern Virginia under Gen. Robert E. Lee- so it never actually represented the rogue Southern government. It has become widely known as a symbol of the South. Not because it was identified with the condoning of the institution of Slavery, but because it was and is, a way to uphold Southern pride and the lives that were lost adhering to the right of a State to be free from the overreach of the Federal Government.
I am getting sick and tired of large corporations giving in to the constant whining of a minority of Liberals who care nothing of freedom and the rights guaranteed to us under the Constitution. My point is, before you get offended by something, make sure you know your history before you blame something.
Regardless of what you think, the Confederate Flag is not a symbol of Slavery and oppression- today, it is a symbol of Freedom. When I see a Confederate Flag, I think, there is someone who is making the statement that the Federal Government is no longer a "government of the people, by the people, for the people."