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.