Flag Down!

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It has been days since the awful terrorist attack on the Emanuel AME Church where white supremacist shooter Dylann Roof shot and murdered nine black people. After the tragedy, news outlets uncovered pictures of him wearing racist paraphernalia, including a picture of him holding the infamous battle flag of the old Confederacy. Since then, people have set their sights on the very flag which waves in front of the State House in Columbia, South Carolina, as an undeniable symbol of racism and generally all that’s wrong with the South.

It should be noted that after the mass murder, the American and state flags were lowered to half-mass. However, the Confederate flag was still at full staff. Today people from all walks of life, black, white, democrats and (some) republicans want the flag taken down. But there are those who would rather cut off their noses than see the stars and bars removed.

People have been roughly divided on the issue of the Confederate flag since day one. Many people see it as a symbol of racism not unlike the flag of Nazi Germany. Others, mostly Southerners, see it as a sign of their heritage, a kind of treasure to be upheld and admired, because it reminds them of the good old days, they never lived through. Yet, many of those people have no clue what those ‘good old days’ were really all about.

A lot of people romanticized the Confederacy to a “Gone With the Wind” kind of tune where men were refined and ladies were gentle and kind. All was right with the South in their minds. And slavery? Well, it wasn’t all that bad, right?

The true story behind the flag is a true story about white supremacy, human enslavement, and the bloodshed from a war to maintain those practices. In other words, it was a symbol of the South’s desire to maintain slavery. So, in my opinion, if you support the flag’s existence, you also not only support racism but are also a traitor to your nation. Plain and simple.

I know a lot of people who may lurk this blog are freaking out, because I mentioned the words “racism” and “slavery” when I talked about their beloved flag. But these are the same fools that love to tell black people to “get over the past”. Think about it. They want us to get over the past, and yet they adore a false narrative of that past. Make sense? Not in the slightest. If we are told to move on, why can’t they move on from the historical fact that the South was immoral and was on the losing side of the Civil War? Why can’t they join the rest of the world in the 21st Century and leave the flag in the past, if they tell us Negroes to leave the past, including slavery, behind?

Everyone, let’s take the flag down already.

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7 thoughts on “Flag Down!

  1. ” Why can’t they join the rest of the world in the 21st Century?” All the poignant things you said ring true, and this particular quote of yours really sums uP the issue of the heinous, hateful flag symbol (and its’ supporters) perfectly ‘Wolf!

    1. This flag issue is a perfect example of the cognitive dissonance that whites possess. a co-worker referred to me as ‘Aunt Jemima’ at work today. When I called him on it, he claims to have had no ‘previous’ knowledge about the history of this term or the fact that this is a racial slur. I told him that ‘Aunt Jemima’ is considered a racist slur when directed at a black woman. He then went on to claim that he loved ‘Aunt Jemima’ pancakes and that is what he was referring to, Folks, remember, these assholes are expert at playing dumb if you are not on to them.

      1. Next time someone says something like that, you could also say, “Don’t be an Epps!” which is in reference to Edwin Epps, the racist, sadistic slave master in “12 Years a Slave.”

        The actor who played him, Michael Fassbender, said that in the part of Louisiana where the film takes place, the locals actually use that term to say to someone who is being offensive. It is the equivalent of saying, “Don’t be a dick!” Of course, this would require explanation as people would not know what you are saying if you refer to them as Epps as opposed to a dick.

      2. Please. You know and I know and hopefully, most of us know how these creatures like to ‘play dumb’ and amuse themselves with their endless mind games and dirty psychological trickery. They have such an evil, deceptive, depraved nature until I think many of us find it hard to believe, because ours is the exact opposite of that.

  2. Here is a throwback video on the Chris Rock Show when, in 1999, there were issues with the confederate flag flying over South Carolina. Funny stuff!

  3. I wonder if that’s where the surname “Epps” comes from. I’ve known of a bunch of people with that last name.

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