Forgive the lack of posting…I like procrastinating, and my wonderful love of that is going to show through this blog; along with the rest of my charming personality.
The latest “hot topic” is the Confederate flag.
I could say a lot about this. I really could.
But I am going to attempt to keep this short and to the point.
So here goes.
Would you fly this flag on Harriet Tubman’s grave?
How about Frederick Douglas?
Or even Martin Luther King Jr.?
The Confederate flag is a piece of historic symbolism.
So the only place that it should be is a museum; not proudly flying next to the AMERICAN flag.
The Confederate flag was created to represent the Southerners and their fight to, not only allow, but also to encourage slaves.
When people look at the American flag, what pops into their mind?
Sure, there are a multitude of other things, but even a Muslim terrorist is going to think of freedom when they see our flag.
Because it is what we are known for.
It is not just a flag.
It is a piece of our history. It holds value.
There is a reason that we wave it on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.
The flag is us.
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
The flag represents what we are.
Who we are.
And how we live.
If the American flag symbolizes all of this, what makes you think that the Confederate flag does not resemble anything?
It is a symbol of racial injustice.
That is why I find it so offensive that the Confederate flag is still flown on government property.
It means that our own government, “The government of the people, by the people, for the people,” is the same government that is flying a terrible piece of our past.
They are proud of it.
They do not care about what the Confederate flag symbolizes.
The North won.
The South lost.
The winning country gets to fly their flag.
That is just how it works.
I want to clarify on a few things before I end.
1. The people of the United States have the freedom to fly the Confederate flag. It is their personal right to choose what flag they fly. That is what is so wonderful about these United States; freedom. My problem is that it is being flown on government soil. I do not agree that anyone should the Confederate flag, but it should be illegal for our government to fly it.
2. I believe that the Confederate flag should be in a museum. It is an important reminder of what our country has done and been through. It is a piece of American history that we should forgive, but never forget.
3. The Confederate flag is not a symbol of “Southern pride.” That was never its purpose until people realized that they needed an excuse to fly it. It is a symbol of slavery and hate whether you like it or not.
Thanks for reading!
p.s. I love a good discussion but if you are going to leave a comment, please put aside personal insults and name calling; or else your comment will be deleted.