How little people know about people living near them. As a Black southerner, I am a descendant of people who built America for free against their will. This land is definitely your land and my land. The Confederate battle flag is a part of our collective history…as was my “X” hat in college.
Firstly, there should be a difference between a flag in places that represent all citizens of a state and individual recognition of heritage. Since the beginning of human interaction, you have had winners and losers and winners write history. How did the southern states imprint parts of the CSA into southern governments after they were defeated in war? I won’t go into comparisons with Germany, Nazi and swastika but you get the point.
Consider this: why should we remove indicators of our trouble past when our present is also troubled. If I go into my pantry and remove all the labels on canned goods, it wouldn’t change what’s inside. For the record, Blacks and Whites can be racist and to some, Black racial mindfulness is somewhat understandable. My point is change what is inside first.
Malcolm X use to say he had more respect for a man who tells him how he feels (even if he is wrong) than for a man who smiles in his face but who is evil. During my youth, I read Black nationalist information and came to appreciate the “do for self” mentality. There was a time when rocking an X hat made certain folks steer clear of you. Good.
I often steer clear of folks with the Confederate battle flag but I in some way appreciate their display of how they are thinking. You wanted a group to win a war and if said group won, I might be a slave today. From a military standpoint, real history buffs can intelligently admire fighting techniques and efforts of the Confederates and the Nazis but haul ass from around me with that “I wish they won stuff.”
Remember also, Whites in the North weren’t fight for equal rights for Blacks. Many of them just wanted to stop the expansion of slavery because slave did work for free that Whites wanted to be paid to do.
In D.C., I saw a bumper sticker that said “If I knew it was going to be like this, I would have picked my own dam cotton.” A friend once said life is too short to argue with fools. A fool believes America would have been a great power again Spain, England and France without years of the economic boost of free labor.
I also steer clear from certain Blacks with their own indicators but that’s a topic for another day. Project Logic Ga continues it’s Best Interests Initiative and hopefully reasonable folks will get to know the opinions of others.
My Congressman Austin Scott was courageously interested in changing the Georgia flag when he was in the state legislature. I bet he is singing a different tune today…he isn’t whistling Dixie because the Tea Party is a beast.