The war was fought over slavery how else can you look at the Flag that represented these states?I'm saying that right and wrong is based on viewpoint as it regards the flag, its symbolism. Slavery is wrong. What has been done to black people is wrong, I'm not arguing that. I'm saying that your idea of what that flag represents isn't necessarily what they think it represents. The last thing you'll hear out of someone's mouth, a reputable mouth is that the Confederate Flag stands for White Supremacy. You just won't hear it.
I'm not even saying that what you say I disagree with, that the flag is a personal affront, that it is offensive, that it is a provocation, and even a symbol of intimidation to blacks. If I were black I'd no doubt share those sentiments.
Me personally I find the flag to represent an ideal. I find it to represent freedom. Not some white power blacks serve us BS. No. Self determination. The self determination that those Southern states wanted back then were for a continuation of an abomination. Obviously I do not support, condone or perpetuate slavery or any State sponsored discrimination.
Now, you can laugh, scoff even at that but it is really no different then saying Old Glory or the Declaration of Independence represents the same thing on both sides of the issue. Slavery did occur under the Stars and Stripes long before it did the Stars and Bars. All men were said by Jefferson's pen to be created equal but that didn't necessarily apply to blacks, right? But reverence is given to the latter and not the former, why? Propaganda to be succinct. The Civil war wasn't about slavery until it became politically expedient to be about slavery.
The Corwin Amendment passed and signed by Lincoln shows us that the original intent for war wasn't for slavery's abolition but for the preservation of the Union. This is important stuff that can't be discounted simply because it is too uncomfortable to reconcile oneself with.
Exactly which is why I separated the two to begin with. Prisons for offenders of what?
Until this post I was presenting an objective argument. My personal predilections have no bearing as I was presenting the argument from what a Southerners point of view might look like.
If I were black I'd be just as angry with the Yankees as I would with the Southerners to tell you the truth.
I didn't separate racism and white supremacy I separated slavery and white supremacy. As did Lincoln. They did however square slavery with white people. The Irish Slave trade was huge. White slavery in this country actually predates black slavery.
-- to be continued
Why is such an offensive flag a hot button topic.
People are trying to put lipstick on a pig. Well it still is a pig.