There is no other icon in America that evokes as much emotion and controversy as the Confederate flag. We fought a civil war over it, we fight a cultural war over it to this day. To some, it’s a symbol of heritage, to others it’s a symbol of hate.
To this day, several Southern states conspicuously show the stars and bars in their state flag. What’s puzzling is, why would you want to celebrate a war that you lost? most politicians from the south and the north as well are very reluctant to offer their opinion publicly about the Confederate flag. If this was just an innocent symbol of heritage, then why would you go mum and not discuss it publicly?
Saying that the Confederate flag is a symbol of one’s heritage, is like saying that a swastika is a cross turning cartwheels! Whether it’s a symbol of heritage or hate is all a matter of your point of reference. As an African-American the image conjures up some very hurtful and disturbing times in our history. The Ku Klux Klan whether they were at a rally, a cross burning or a lynching always prominently displayed a Confederate flag. I’m sorry, there’s nothing in this writer’s view that conjures up any sense of heritage, other than a very violent and hateful past.
The Confederate flag is also known as the Southern Cross or the cross of St. Andrew. It has been described variously as a proud emblem of Southern heritage and as a shameful reminder of slavery and segregation. The Confederate flag has also been appropriated by the Ku Klux Klan and other racist hate groups. According to the Southern party Law Center more than 500 extremist groups use the Southern Cross as one of their symbols. Really?
Ever since president Obama was elected to the White House there seem to be many more of these flying. In fact, the Southern poverty Law Center has estimated that hate groups are on the rise as much as fourfold since president Obama’s election. I’m sorry, there’s too much of a coincidence between the rise in hate groups the Confederate flag and a black president. It’s a very simple math, to any reasonable person, it is very much a symbol of hate.
While driving around in rural Indiana, this rider spotted the truck with the Confederate flag. Now wasn’t Indiana part of the union? But then again, this phenomenon of extremism is not only in the South, nor does the South have a monopoly on hate or a racist past. The state of Indiana at one time had the most active Klan in the United States. Malcolm X the fiery civil-rights leader of the 60s, in a speech once chided his audience for complaining about the South. “Stop talking about the South, as long as you are south of the Canadian border, your South!”
earlier this year there were commemorations all over southern states commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Many high profile politicians in the South were wise in keeping these celebrations very quiet. For a politician to endorse the Confederate flag publicly, would be political suicide. Therefore, if it’s only heritage, why so hush-hush over the stars and bars?
There are several reasons for the rise in the recent popularity of the Confederate flag. America’s power and might is on the wane on the world stage, they’re more people of color and immigrants coming into the United States and lastly, we have a black president. This is the cultural perfect storm to challenge white supremacy like never before. You have that segment of the American population that desperately wants to hold on to the good old days. Simple truth is that they’re gone; thank God!
Since posting a picture of the Confederate flag on Recovering Republicans Facebook page, our computers let up! Thankfully, there are more people who saw that the time has come to put the Confederate flag where it belongs in the closet or the attic or in the far reaches of our memories so that we can move forward. Where do you stand? We’d like to hear from you.