Stop pretending the Confederate Flag is something it’s not

So I saw this in the Huffington Post today

A group of Confederate-flag-waving protesters gathered near the Oklahoma high school where President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak Wednesday afternoon, insisting that what they were doing was about heritage rather than racism. “We’re not gonna stand down from our heritage. You know, this flag’s not racist. And I know a lot of people think it is, but it’s really not. It’s just a southern thing, that’s it,” Trey Johnson, who drove three hours from Texas to join the protest, told KFOR.

I thought about this for a few minutes. It’s a southern thing? Hmmm well I know a lot of people from the south black white and a whole lot of in between and they don’t consider it a southern thing, so no Trey can’t agree with that.

It’s not really racist. Let’s hold off on that thought for a second Trey I’ll get back to you on that one.

It’s a part of southern heritage. Well you’ve got something there, in fact you’re 100% right Trey I have to agree. Unfortunately the particular part of Southern heritage you speak of just happens to be the biggest act of treason in the history of the United States of America, you know the country you live in. Because when the South fired on Fort Sumter while it was flying the star and stripes it was not just an act of war. But because those shots came from citizens of the United States it was also considered treason. Don’t believe me Trey? Here’s the definition of treason.

The crime of betraying one’s country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government.

See I’m not making this up and since I think we can all agree that the south was looking to overthrow the government of the United States… Yep treason.

Now Trey let’s get back to that it’s not really racist arguement. Let’s just for the fun of it wonder why would the South would commit the act of treason in the first place? Could it be because they were committed to maintaining the racist belief that the African American was inferior and should continues to serve whites as slaves. No that couldn’t be it because that would be racist right. But then there this little speech called the Cornerstone speech in which Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens articulated that:

Our new Government is founded upon exactly the opposite ideas; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition.

Damn that sounds pretty racist Trey. You know Trey maybe it’s time to embrace the fact that the South lost the war. Maybe it’s time to embrace a Southern Heritage of inclusion and brotherhood. Rather than division and racism. Maybe it’s time to stop pretending the Confederate flag is something it’s not and leave it where it belongs in the past.

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