Sunday, June 21, 2015

Confederate Flag

I don't particularly care about the Confederate flag one way or the other.  If the people of South Carolina want the Confederate flag as the symbol of their state, that's their business.  Some say it stands for racism.  Some say it stands or heritage, or history, or state pride.

I suspect that like many symbols it stands for whatever you want it to mean.  Nazi's us the swastika for a symbol of their political party.  American Indians use the swastika as a symbol of good luck.  Hindus use the swastika for religious purposes.  The Confederate flag, like the swastika is used by many different people for many different purposes.

The United States was a slave nation from the beginning of the republic until December, 1865 with the ratification of the 13th amendment to the Constitution.  That time includes all the period of the American Civil War.  Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, were all slave states and they did not succeed from the Union and in the District of Columbia slavery was legal.  Yet, we don't worry about showing the flags from those states or from the USA during the Civil War.  If we totally ban the display of the Confederate flag, will we really have less crime, less racism, and fewer problems?  I doubt it; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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