I just thought these were funny and interesting
We've all agreed that the Confederate flag has been misused by extremists, but relegating it as only a racist symbol will hurt a lot of people who use it to honor their fallen heroes. Because, keep in mind that even when we determine that one side of a conflict has a greater goal for good - the defeated side is made up of real human beings with real emotions.
"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." ~ Thomas Jefferson
So honestly, I'm still on the fence on this issue. The politically correct culture that is evolving and growing, especially on the left, is out of control.
When it comes to the Confederate flag, I haven't really figured out in my head, what the real issue is here.
The flag is a flag. I would't say that it's on the same level as symbols like the swastika, or the cross, symbols that clearly represent an ideology.
Though whites in the south did own slaves (and the north), I don't think that the flag is self was, at the time, representative specifically of that ideal. However, I think the flag and what it represents in more modern times has come to represent something different.
It is the same with the swastika. I lived in a house built in the early 1920's. Much to my surprise there were several swastikas on the foundation and in the attic. When I researched this I found that the origins of the swastika on housing during construction was because the symbol was meant as a good luck charm. It laterally means "well-being".
But if I few a flag over my house today with a swastika on it, even if I explained I was flying it based on it's pre-German interpretation of it, people would be offended and question my motivations for flying it, no matter what my true intentions. Is it really that important for me to dig my heels in and assert my right to fly a flag that I know directly offends people, and worse brings out racist notions based on it's dark history?
I lean toward removal of state sponsorship of the symbol, after all, the Confederate flag is one of millions of symbols that can be used, but my only misgiving the the pandering to the militant politically correct crowd and really just need to separate in my own mind how this is different than other arguments based solely on political correctness.
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary (or faith) depends upon his not understanding it.”
Originally Posted by ChomskyOriginally Posted by OrphanSlug
Slavery was brought to this country by the immigrants who moved here. It was a practice accepted throughout the known world regardless of skin color. Even those who sold the slaves to the slave merchants earmarked for our shores were as dark skinned as the people they sold.
The left likes to talk a lot about "subjective" morality. That no one has the right to set objective morality for another. Well these folks didn't see anything wrong with slavery. It was a way of life they had been taught in another country. King George encouraged it because the more the colonies produced, the more money he collected. But the movement to stop the practice in this country started in the 1700's by church leaders, their congregations and the politicians they elected.
After the Civil War something wonderful changed and that is Blacks were being elected to office to represent their constituents.During Reconstruction, some 2,000 African Americans held public office, from the local level all the way up to the U.S. Senate, though they never achieved representation in government proportionate to their numbers.
Black Leaders During Reconstruction - American Civil War - HISTORY.com
Race relations continued to heal till Democrat Woodrow Wilson became president. Things went from Blacks being elected in the South to public office to that big elitist segregationist Wilson segregating the Federal offices in government making black folks work separately from whites. The Dixiecrats (Southern Democrat politicians) had a real friend in Woodrow Wilson. Much of the progress made in race relations because of that bozo were lost. Ironically the years of Wilson's presidency are called the Progressive Era.
Fast forward to the Civil Rights movement. The Dixiecrat elites had a stronghold on the Southern states and did everything they could to thwart the passage of the Civil Rights bill. Their unwillingness to approve Civil rights legislation started long before President Johnson. It began when Eisenhower and Republicans brought the matter before Congress. They were successful in thwarting it until Republicans in Congress working with Democrats in favor of the civil rights bill that eventually garnered enough votes for passage. It was a Republican who penned the final bill that was passed into law and signed by President Johnson. And President Johnson certainly gave the Republicans the credit for its passage.
What you might not know about the 1964 Civil Rights Act - CNNPolitics.com
But today the rhetoric spewing out of the left is a real fairytale. They have proven they are willing to take race baiting to an all time new level to camouflage the truth and the wall of shame that has taken them over a century to build.