I did a post 8 months ago: Confederate Flag: Hate or Heritage? and it has been a constant thorn in my side! Who knew people were so passionate about this issue? 🙂 OK, well I did that’s why I wrote it.
In the responses that ensued, I believe my point was proven. Overall no matter how you slice it racist intention or not aside, many blacks view the Confederate Flag as a symbol of white supremest ideology while many whites believe it’s part of their Southern Heritage?
The reason I and many others don’t quite buy into that, even though we know without a shadow of a doubt (or we should know) that every rebel flag owner is not, I repeat, is not a racist, that doesn’t detract one iota from the feelings that image/flag generates in us, because I don’t and many others do not believe that the flags supporters have adequately defined what “Southern Heritage” is all about.
We have heard it all from Southern “culture” to remembrance of the dead Confederate troops, but none has convincingly explained what culture in the south the flag helps remind us of that is no longer there and what noble cause the troops fought for that all people should honor.
I mean I wrote this post 8 months ago and every day I check my blog stats and out of my daily average of about 90 views a day this one post almost always accounts for at least half of them!
Which is why I can’t quite understand why it is that on average 45 people a day who frequent that thread have not put forward an adequate definition as to why they support the Confederate flag. At best, I get proof that many are not racists, but I knew that, at worst I get flooded with racial slurs and accusations.
However, I haven’t been given a definition of southern “culture” or “heritage” yet, that adequately defines what was lost in the south’s culture and heritage that must be preserved and this flag calls remembrance to.
In the minds of many blacks it’s pretty cut and dry. That culture is a culture of white supremacy, slavery, and hostility to blacks. That culture is a culture of total disregard of humanity and human rights…unless of course your white. And the Confederacy began because of state’s rights, however those rights were to protect the institution of slavery and considering blacks as nothing more than property, which they ultimately fought and died for.
Let’s make one thing clear: Just because I was born and raised in NJ that doesn’t mean that I don’t like the south. I live and love Virginia, I was partially raised in North Carolina, and a good chunk of my family resides in the great state of Alabama. I’m just a little confused. Please humor me, you staunch defendants of this flag. What did the South loose that was so great and worthy of remembrance? What part(s) of their culture was lost? What heritage must be protected and preserved? If it’s the fried chicken, collard greens, baked macaroni and cheese, black-eyed peas, etc. etc. i.e. Sunday dinner, hush puppies, etc. (sorry I’m hungry) I am all for that, I support you. Can’t say I don’t find the southern dialect a little funny, I am from the north, but heh, many laugh at those from NJ, NY, and of course Boston, but heh, I would defend that too!
Is it country music? Lawd knows I can’t stand it, but I would defend that too! Nascar can’t stand it either, but defend able nonetheless.
What is it?
To me and many blacks, the only thing missing is the slaves and the ability to treat black people anyway you want without repercussion, although many still try today, and some do get away with it! The only thing added is that blacks do own land, businesses, are in politic, etc. are are successful. Black people can actually vote now (although many fools don’t) and black women don’t have to nurse white babies, scrub floors, etc. no more 60 year old black men calling 20 year old white men sir, etc. etc.
I just don’t get it, nor do many blacks…