Fly the Confederate Flag

There is intense pressure, again, to ban the Confederate flag. I am showing it here, in defiance.

It’s not my flag. Had I been there, I suppose I would have been on the other side, fighting for free soil, a long forgotten cause. But without rancor, and with due respect.

Here’s my flag, as much as I have one-

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I like fast cars, fast women and southern-fried rock. I have an ongoing beef with George Orwell. I take my name from a character in Plato's "Republic" who was exasperated with the kind of turgid BS that passed for deep thought and political discourse in that time and place, just as I am today. The character, whose name means "fierce fighter" was based on a real person but nobody knows for sure what his actual political beliefs were. I take my pseudonym from a character in an Adam Sandler song who was a obnoxious jerk who pissed off everybody.
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3 Responses to Fly the Confederate Flag

  1. Pingback: Fly the Confederate Flag | Neoreactive

  2. Wes says:

    What flag is the second one?

  3. Andy Rhodes says:

    Should we keep the Confederate flag?

    I can understand the perspectives on both sides, or at least I try to. I lived the first third of my life in California and otherwise have been in North Carolina, Alabama and Georgia (my family is from the South), so I think I have a good handle on the way Southern and non-Southern Americans approach topics like this.

    First, I think it’s useful to remember this flag is a symbol of rebellion against the government. It would be very unusual for other countries to allow their provinces to have a flag that represents division and civil war.

    Since I’m a white guy, I obviously don’t know what it feels like to be black in America. I have several friends who are black and they are very offended by the continued official support for Confederate images in southern states. The Civil War was largely fought over the issue of slavery and the South resolutely refused to examine its ethics in this area. Even though the North had progressed further in the direction of human rights for blacks, it was not innocent – it had plenty of racism of its own.

    If a black person looks at this flag and find offense because it greatly represents some of the worst aspects of American history and hatred towards people of their complexion, I can empathize (though I’ll never know exactly what it’s like). This is similar to the reason it’s insensitive to use the word “negro” or “colored” to describe black people. These are words from our racially hate-filled past, where society and its benefits/resources were separated into partitions so that blacks were guaranteed by law and custom to receive a far lower quality offering and often were in great physical danger from the white community simply because of their skin color. Their rights were seldom defended or upheld. They could be and many times were severely mistreated with little or no recourse in the justice system or societal conscience.

    The benefits that particular southern white people might keep experiencing by maintaining the public tradition of Confederate flag presentation don’t even come close to the incredibly negative association the image has for black Americans. Therefore, southern whites who still desire to “show the flag” institutionally or individually would be far better off by demonstrating compassion and class – let the flag tradition go. It’s not worth it. Unwisely maintaining this tradition will primarily extend the lifespan of more divisive attitudes between blacks and whites, conservatives and liberals. There are other ways to express and remind us of positive qualities of the South that are truly deserving of celebration.

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    The following excerpt from a really fantastic article called “What This Cruel War Was Over” in The Atlantic takes my general argument further:

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    [South Carolina Governor] Nikki Haley deserves credit for calling for the removal of the Confederate flag. She deserves criticism for couching that removal as matter of manners. At the present moment the effort to remove the flag is being cast as matter of politesse, a matter over which reasonable people may disagree. The flag is a “painful symbol” concedes David French. Its removal might “offer relief to those genuinely hurt,” writes Ian Tuttle. “To many, it is a symbol of racial hatred,” tweeted Mitt Romney. The flag has been “misappropriated by hate groups,” claims South Carolina senator Tom Davis.

    This mythology of manners is adopted in lieu of the mythology of the Lost Cause. But it still has the great drawback of being rooted in a lie. The Confederate flag should not come down because it is offensive to African Americans. The Confederate flag should come down because it is embarrassing to all Americans. The embarrassment is not limited to the flag, itself. The fact that it still flies, that one must debate its meaning in 2015, reflects an incredible ignorance. A century and a half after Lincoln was killed, after 750,000 of our ancestors died, Americans still aren’t quite sure why.

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    From: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/06/what-this-cruel-war-was-over/396482/

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    See how each Southern state officially named slavery as the cause for their succession: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/06/what-this-cruel-war-was-over/396482/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LM5CTsNT3l0

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