What you're doing here is making the mistake that that wasn't the common belief (inferiority, not slavery) held by almost ALL (including Lincoln himself) as it regards black people. You're only putting that line of thought on the Southerners.OK, you almost had me, but the kind of thinking that caused the Civil War in the first place was a deeply held belief in white supremacy, that blacks were inherently inferior and therefore properly subservient to and owned by whites. There is no alternative way to see slavery. Sometimes there is a clear right and wrong. Not often, but there is no benign prism with which to view slavery, or the following century of Jim Crow which was based on the same belief in inherent white supremacy, enforced by the state.
This goes past the issue at hand. The issue of slavery actually was settled, or if the South hadn't seceded would have been settled with the Corwin Amendment which Lincoln signed and is still awaiting ratification. Also what people don't seem to realize was that Jim Crow laws were a response to Reconstruction and its excesses which added insult to injury.
We look at these issues through today's eyes without seeing the other side at that time. People think its cut and dry, slavery is evil, it had always been evil. It might have been, but that doesn't mean that was the case, or the view for everyone. And when you tell someone that not only is the property you owned yesterday no longer yours but instead a fully recognized man who is gonna get a piece of your property for retribution and the Yankee gun is gonna back his play and place this uneducated individual who has decades of righteous rage in a position of local power and you can just sit there and take it or be dead, that there is gonna stick in your craw.
Again, I believe they were familiar with slavery, both back then and the people alive today. I don't think they support the flag because of slavery, I think they support it because of southern pride, and southern culture-which is still quite distinct.
But as an arbiter of black people, you get to blanket smear them without attempting to understand their motivations.
The same conservatives who want to spend trillions of $'s and thousands of American lives overseas to protect the American flag and American 'freedoms' want to honor another flag that represents another country and a hell of a lot less 'freedoms' at home?
"The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize."~F.D.R.
"Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other."~Mark Twain
"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields
It is as ridiculous as if the state of Texas flew the Mexican flag. Sure, lots of Texans have ties to Mexico and it used to be Mexican soil, but not anymore. If individual Texans want to fly the Mexican flag they can, but it would be ridiculous for the Texas government to fly it.
I feel the same about the Confederate flag. But if they want to look like a state of traitors then it is their choice.
This new "state shaming" tactic seems to be the new liberal move. if any state makes a religious law or flies a flag they don't like, get ready to get bad mouthed and threatened with economic collapse if the behavior isn't QUICKLY corrected.
oh, these are such fun times