The Confederate Flag: What’s It All Mean?

History is always full of surprises because what we live on without knowing it is the victor’s propaganda of history. Public schools are the major purveyors of that propaganda from kinder to age 18. Eighteen years of indoctrination. Some might call that cruel and unusual punishment. Schools, textbook companies, and the priestly caste of university professors work assiduously to preserve the national propaganda history, a history forged by Yankees.  And I’m not referring to the Derrick Jeter baseball club.

Let’s take a look at the recent hubbub surrounding the Confederate flag following the murder of seven black members of an AME Church in Charleston.  First, the focus on the terrible tragedy turned too quickly to the Confederate flag.  I mean even before we were half way done mourning for the tragic loss of life, the media seizes upon the Confederate flag and made that the story.  Yes, memorial services were held at various AME churches around the country.  Yes, your typical race baiter was out decrying that we’re not doing enough about racism.  But to rush to judgment on a symbol?  Really? Seven people are killed and the news blames a symbol for generating hate?  That, to me, sounds like personification used in fiction or poetry.  And according to the national media, the Confederate flag means only one thing: hatred. Pure, unadulterated hatred.  Forget for a moment that the slanted cross historically belongs to St. Andrew.  The flag in question is the Battle Flag of Northern Virginia Army:

The Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia.

But the attack against the Confederate flag comes from the standard media play book of define and destroy.  It is school ground tactics.  Reduce any topic, regardless of its complexity, to harsh black and white terms, demonize it as immoral so that the discussion begins from the result you’re seeking, forcing all other opinions into the position of defense.  It’s “Us” versus “Them.”  It’s tribal.  The discussion is framed in this manner.  It’s easy to do.  This same technique works well when you want to destroy any individual as well.  You want to destroy a person, a state, a people? Define them in singular, non-redeeming terms.  Rinse and repeat.

So we’re told that it’s hatred, folks, pure and unadulterated hatred. Hatred by whom, toward whom?  Some will reply “Oh, you’re just playing stupid.”  To which I would answer, “No.  I want specifics.  I want proof.  Where is the proof that the Confederate flag is a symbol of hatred?

Then I find this guy. It’s dated but relevant–

He explains “To me it’s a heritage thing, it’s a Southern pride thing. It’s not a racist thing whatsoever.” And I liked his answer to the question by the reporter as to why he should hang the flag up now, knowing that his parents would strongly disapprove of him doing that at home.  “I’m 18.  I should have my own right, belief on how I want to believe about things and form my own opinion about how I feel about things.”  This young man loves the flag because he loves Southern heritage and culture.  And maybe culture is what we’re all trying to preserve. Bionic Mosquito makes this excellent point on a slightly different topic.  Given all of the adjustments in values and morals imposed on communities across the country, it requires a real fight to preserve what others take from us.  So it’s not hatred.  I have never hated any flag.  On the contrary, at different times growing up I was fascinated by the different colors and symbols and their meaning. But hatred?  Never entered my mind.  But the media tells us it is seething hatred evocative of a burning cross. Well, the cross on the flag is St. Andrew’s leaning cross.  See for yourself.  It is the patron cross of Scotland.  What’s it doing in the South?  The Scotch/Irish settled the Southern states.  The cross is symbol to their heritage.

Here Roof is burning the American flag of empire. Robert Wenzel points out that “. . . it should not be forgotten that the Confederate flag was not the only flag that had meaning to Roof. He on more than one occasion displayed hate toward the US flag,” adding that “This suggests that Roof viewed the flags as symbols of geographic rule. It suggests that he preferred the rule of the long ago defeated Confederate government over rule by the world’s current dominating Empire.”
Dylann Roof with Confederate flag, small by comparison to other enthusiasts who display a full flag. And he’s wearing a Gold’s Gym tank top. Unusual endorsement for a kid who does not appear to have hardy any muscular definition at all. His white safari hat or unfolded dixie cup over a towel that looks more like it was made from silk nylon. Behind him looks like a barrel barbeque. In front at the foreground right looks like light clamps. He’s no pauper: those aren’t too cheap. Wearing his watch on his right wrist is traditionally worn by left-handers. But his dominant left-hand is empty. But what the heck is hanging on the wood slats of the shed behind him?

The shooting took place on June 17, 2015 at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. The shooter was a 21 year-old man by the name of Dylann Roof.  Then there is this report:

If you can endure the speaker’s mild contempt for those lacking historical understanding, you might find his points interesting.  Here is a paraphrase of a few of his points:

1.  Several slave states fought for the north.  True.

2.  President Lincoln was himself a white supremacist who wanted to send blacks back to Africa.  True.  If you doubt this, please see Lincoln’s first inaugural address.  He states, and I quote, ”

I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.

3.  The Civil War was about states’ rights and economics and almost nothing to do with slavery. The Morrill Tarrif Act, 1859, did in the South.  Fort Sumter, where the first shots were fired, was the fort on the port where they collected the taxes or tariffs.

4.  Lincoln freed slaves in the southern states but not in the North. The Emancipation Proclamation was a war tactic by Lincoln sold as a gesture to free the slaves.  What it did was cause plantation riots on women, elderly, and children, while the men were fighting in their regime against the Yankees.

5.  US enslaved Chinese to build railroads, further proof that any action taken by Lincoln was not intended to end slavery.

6.  Battle flag honors those that fought an invading army that burned entire cities and raped women and children.

7.  The south and the north both had slaves. The north was fighting to preserve the union was a lie.  Tennessee volunteers helped to defeat Mexico, so did Robert E. Lee. The North made money from these wars won by the south, profited by the north.

8.  Black code laws of Illinois.

9.  Largest race riot in the country was in New York, 1863, during the Civil War.

10. MLK endorsed the confederate flag as part of his support for the Mississippi Freedom Party.


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