So I was in my film class where we are watching Birth of a Nation. Anyone who has seen it knows that it is entirely historically innaccurate ..and all that smear. But this is not what this post is about. Our teacher asked us what we think of when we see the Confederate Flag. All I hear are grumbles and negative comments. One ugly fat ass white woman stands up and says:
" I see low class, white trash, racist hatred and bigotry!"
Well, I just couldn't take it anymore...in a very very civilized and calm voice I say:
" I see history and heritage. This flag is apart of our past, and we cannot deny that."
Well, as you can imagine this started an uproar! Here is one defender of the land of cotton against an entire classroom of politically correct fools. An argument insued with several points about historic symbolism mentioned for about 20 minutes. We came to a point where one woman stood and said that she felt that it is only what context the symbols are used in that defines what they stand for. This I could not agree with more. I made a comment about the swastika. The swastika is originally a Hindu and Native American symbol meaning peace and good-will. Place it in the hands of Hitler and it becomes tragically a symbol of hate and anti-semetism. But does that mean that the Hindus can't use it? This has been a debate in the U.N. in recent years. The same debate holds for the Navajo Indians and their use of it.
Towards the end, the same woman stands up and looks directly at me (remember, she's white):
(In an extremely loud and rude tone)
" I have two black children so I feel very strongly about this! That whole thing you said about the flag being historical is fucking bullshit! That is all it is! Bullshit! It is hatred! Plain and Simple!"
" Really? Because the Stars and Bars that we know today isn't even the flag that was flown during the Civil War. The real one is flown everyday proudly right outside the San Jacinto Monument (in addition to every Six Flags Theme Park in Texas) and nobody says a damn thing about it!"
The entire room fell silent. Score one for Johnny Reb!!!
I know this is going to be an interesting topic and I'll probably get some negative feedback but before I do hear me out:
1) I do not condone slavery
2) I do not condone the mistreatment of someone because of their race, color, or creed
3) I do not consider myself a racist nor anti-Semetic
4) This means that I do not judge one on color, but rather on their character and by their actions
5) I consider myself a Libertarian Republican and I am a Christian, so any opposite of these beliefs would directly interfere with my political stance and religion
6) The Civil War was fought for many reasons: Slavery, states rights, terrorism, and economics. The Confederate flag is not a symbol of hate, though some do use it for that purpose. If so, I do not condone this use.
I have a Confederate flag hanging in my room, but I do not see hate. In my opinion it is one of the most beautiful flags in our illustrious history. I felt this would be an interesting topic. I feel that it is a shame that I should have to explain myself in such a manner, but this is the politically correct world we live in today. I would appreciate it if we could discuss this like civilized people. If we can, this should be a learning experience for all of us.