The alternative explanation is the flag was raised to honor the Southern heritage or some such nonsense, and that might fly if the Confederate battle flag was raised to commemorate some event and then removed after a week, a month, even a year, but it stayed for DECADES, an historical artifact, flying over the State's Capitol.
And we have to assume that the white leaders who raised that flag had the support of 'the [white] people' in those states, because they elected white leaders who defended white supremacy and Jim Crow for DECADES. You're asking me to believe that gutless politicians who have always pandered to voters were somehow acting contrary to the will of the majority of their constituents, and there is simply NO evidence that is the case.
I can acknowledge what that flag might mean to some people all day long and it won't change the fact that it was a mostly obscure flag until the civil rights battles started, and that the leaders of the movement against civil rights for their black residents raised that flag as their symbol of protest. That some might honor their dead relatives with it doesn't change that in 2015 that flag has been adopted as a symbol for white supremacists, same as it was the symbol for white supremacists occupying the highest state offices in the 1950s and 1960s.Right now, you are playing into the hands of racists everywhere. And, in doing so, you're creating a false story. You're not acknowledging anything I've told you about what that flag means to descendants of the soldiers in the Civil War, white or black. You're not acknowledging how the flag has come to represent survival and the rebuilding of the South.
OK, accepting your premise, then as this transformation of the symbol takes place, would you suggest that white, blue eyed, blonde Germans raise the flag and then ask Jewish residents to accept that when THEY raise the flag on the State Capitol, it means peace? Come one. Those Jewish residents would have known friends or family members slaughtered, millions of them in total, under that banner. No one with the slightest respect for Jews and the pain of that recent history would fly that flag and expect them to understand that it no longer means hate and a desire to wipe them off the face of the earth, but peace and love.Think of this - consider the swastika, since we've been talking about it. What if, instead of shunning it - the Native Americans took back their ancient symbol of well being and friendship and printed it on everything they could. Eventually, the sight of the symbol would come to mean just that - and Hitler's bastardization of the it would fade. But, that didn't happen. Instead, out of a misdirected desire to put Hitler in his place, we've elevated the symbol to one of only hate and in doing so - every neo-nazi and antisemitic group has adopted it.
And remember that you'd be asking Jews to ignore that white, blue eyed blonde Germans raised that Nazi banner in 1961 while fighting to keep Jews as second class citizens BY LAW, prohibited from attending state colleges, segregated in inferior schools, unable to eat in the same restaurants as Christians, or sit in the same movie seats, Jews only allowed in the back rows of buses, and unable to vote and exercise their rights as Americans, etc. and kept that Nazi banner on the state house continually for another 37 years and only removed it under protest from the Jewish community.
Seriously, I can't believe you believe your own rhetoric. Please, put yourself in the shoes of Jews and ask yourself if you'd buy that nonsense....
What will we have lost? A symbol of a racist past? Good riddance.As I said - you're going to win this one.
But, once again, we will have lost much.
This is inane.
Every flag has been abused. The Confederate battle flag does not represent a racist history...it represents history. Were some in the south racist? Of course. Do you think that people from the north need the Confederate Battle Flag to be racist? Of course not. Do people insist on banning the US flag because we have, under that flag, had some dark days in our own history? Do some people usurp the US flag and use it to further their own causes, including but not limited to, racist acts? You bet. What about the mejican flag? Does it represent periods of state sponsored racism? Do people use it as a symbol of racist acts? Is it shocking to know that some American Indian tribes use their own flags and banners as a symbol of racism, often using their 'pride' as a cause for discriminating against mixed race Indians?
Want to give a symbol real power? Drive it underground.
IF the people of South Carolina decide that it is time to retire the flag from the flagpole, let it be because it is their choice...not because of some projected hatred and shaming. Not every southerner is racist. Not even a majority of southerners are racist. Many take pride in their ancestry and heritage...a heritage that for MOST of them had nothing to do with slavery and racism.
"I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance." William Faulkner
But I just want you to be aware that, while I basically agree with your post...especially your last sentence...I am still aware that, even though that last sentence is aimed at both sides of the political spectrum, you took a shot at the right in your first sentence and somehow neglected to take a similar shot at the left.
-I don't trust a man who talks about ethics when he's picking my pocket.- Time Enough For Love - Robert A Heinlein
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