Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Destroying The Confederate Flag

It has been flown and proudly displayed as a beacon of pride in a few southern states. But what does the confederate flag symbolize and what does it mean? It has been a controversial symbol for decades. But when I was a kid it was nothing more that the decorative flag on the roof of the General Lee on "The Dukes of Hazard". Incidentally Warner Brothers has now banned the car.
In the wake of the recent murders of 9 people during a church service in South Carolina the true meaning of what this red white and blue flag really means has re-ignited the debate. E-bay has announced that they will no longer offer the confederate flag as a purchase item, and Amazon has also announced that it will do the same. The Governor of South Carolina has come out in favor of lowering the flag which has hung in the nations Capitol for decades. While state officials in both North Carolina and Texas have decide to put plans into place that would essentially stop the flag from being displayed on public property.

So, what does this "rag" symbolize? Here is a brief history:

In their declarations of secession from the Union, just before the civil war, some Southern states expressly mentioned slavery as a reason for their departure.

"An increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding States to the institution of slavery, has led to a disregard of their obligations ..." South Carolina wrote in its declaration.

The state of Mississippi aligned itself with slavery right off the top ofits declaration

"Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery the greatest material interest of the world."

Georgia named slavery in the second sentence of its declaration. The sad list goes on.

To put it bluntly, South Carolina and the rest of the South only seceded to preserve the violent domination and enslavement of black people, and the Confederate flag only exists because of that secession.

Oppression, slavery, and wickness. This is what the confederate flag has always stood for, what it represents, and what it commemorates. It's a shame that it took reports of mass murderer Dylan Roof having been inspired by the confederate flag for southern states to recognize that it is representative of the darkest time in American history. 


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