It's been condemned (but not banned) because of the easily documented recent history of that flag during our lifetimes, which was as a symbol of protest against civil rights for blacks, raised by people in positions of power across the state.
If it was just a bunch of KKKers, fine. It wasn't.
Apples and oranges. When has the Confederate flag meant equal rights for blacks? When it was used in the Civil War it was by armies that if they won would have preserved their status as owned property for the foreseeable future. When it was raised in the 1950s and 1960s by LEGISLATORS and GOVERNORS, it was in defense of continuing their century long status as second class citizens denied basic civil and human rights.Seems to me that many in the white supremacy movement also fly the American flag....Should we take that down as a racist symbol too?
It's not how KKK and other whack jobs use or used the Rebel flag, the problem is how the flag was used by people wielding immense power in STATE GOVERNMENTS all across the South.
Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy
And I can argue and point to the words of the states seceding which issue they said at the time was paramount. There really is objective evidence that indicates the issues were 1) slavery, in the states and in the territories, and 2) everything else. If you solve everything in the second category, do you really believe the states don't secede? Slavery was THE threat to their way of life, the power structure, the economy. All the rest was secondary to that.
Really, the VP of the Confederacy frames the issue quite elegantly:
It's hard to make the point any clearer than how their own leaders said it in their own words at the time.“Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests upon the great truth, that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery — subordination to the superior race — is his natural and normal condition. [Applause.] This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.”
Last edited by JasperL; 07-09-15 at 02:43 PM.
Knee-jerk anti-government sentiment is not a viable political philosophy.