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Why I believe the Confederate Flag is Not Racist

July 4, 2015 1 comment

This is not an attempt to say who is more morally correct but rather to point an obvious set of truths that every one, yes, including myself, ignore very ignorantly and profoundly that it boggles even the most enlightened minds. In every American classroom, in every mainstream media outlet, in every news story, you are told one perspective about the controversy at hand, the Confederate flag. However, I will attempt to give a different perspective contrary to what is taught in every classroom, what is said in every news story, and what is put out by our mainstream media. As a result, in writing this opinion, I may very well lose my job, and my reputation because I will present a different point of view, a different perspective that is not cognizant of the prevailing mainstream media opinions and of the politically correct.

We keep hearing that the Confederate flag is about racism, slavery and all the controversies that pertains to the 1950s and 1960s during the Civil Rights era. Let there be no ambiguity, any form of racism or bigotry is abhorrent, and un-American. It rails against the political pandora’s box created by our Founding Fathers, the Constitution, the Common Law and the sacrifices made by those who struggled, and died for a simple idea: a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

We keep hearing about our fellow Americans of African ancestry being victims of slavery, and racism and our fellow Americans of African ancestry are used as scapegoats as focal point as a racial divide by those in power. It is a sickening a twist to their saga for their citizenship rights. Our fellow American brothers and sisters of African heritage and descent are being played like a violin, and only few realize it, while the majority play right into the narrative, “us versus them” and “black versus white.” It is imperative for the establishment to keep Americans divided among ethnic lines, because it gives them a reason for their existence. Imagine, if we all joined hands, regardless of skin color or ethnicity and told the establishment, that no, we will not fall into their trap of creating conflict between the races, that we are united in brotherhood and sisterhood as American citizens and we demand ALL of our citizenship rights. If we did that, the establishment would have no reason for their existence and that in itself would be cause for celebration among all of America’s people.

However, before addressing the issue of the Confederate flag and its meaning, we are ignoring the true victims of racism, we are forgetting the true recipients of our governments racism, and bigoted policies long before and after slavery step foot on this continent. We are forgetting the once proud people that once roamed this land, we are forgetting the Native American in which under the Stars and Stripes suffered the most than any people who have step foot on this continent. All we have to do is simply ask: where are they today?

We said to these people, the Native American, we come in peace, lay down your arms and we will lay down ours so that we can talk peace, friendship, establish commerce and trade. Yet, in their reward for their kindness and trust, they received blankets with disease; in the end they received our greatest gift, war and destruction. In all the treaties and agreements with Native Americans, not one was ever honored by our government. Instead, we slaughtered these people by the millions, and in some cases to save bullets or when we ran out of bullets, we used our sabers, bayonets or anything that resembled a weapon to kill their women and children. The suffering of these people under the Stars and Stripes, no pen or paper can never ever be truly described.

We saw their land, and how beautiful it was, and like a child wanting what is not theirs, we slaughtered their most prized possessions, we slaughtered their women and children. We took what was not ours, and now we call it our land. Possessing their land was not enough so we put a nail in their coffin by killing their food source, the buffalo, we sealed their fate by putting them in concentration camps, but our government and mainstream media likes to call them reservations. We forcefully assimilated their children and rid them of their language, their culture, and what is left of their culture are in history books or college campuses. However, we need not to worry, our history books, our classrooms, and our media does not call it racism, they just call it a series of unfortunate events, like the Trail of Tears.

Our media will say, that its just the past, just history and not racism. They would rather call it a conflict between diverse communities, rather than call it for what it really is, the Native American Holocaust based on pure racism and condoned by the United States government, under the Stars and Stripes. All we have to do is simply look at the movies that are produced about Native Americans by Hollywood, and that is a small minute detail in a long trail of racism and abuses under the American flag and not the Confederate flag. In addition, all we have to do is look at their current state, and all you will find is a once proud people are now destitute, poor, fragile, ridden with issues of alcoholism and drugs. But do not worry, there is not enough of them to cause any civil strife because the U.S. government, under the Stars and Stripes, have successfully disarmed them; they have effectively put the Native American in their place.

Our Stars and Stripes, our flag standard, is more drenched in blood, pure racism, death, deceit, suffering, tears and sadness than the Confederate flag, which flew for only 4 years. Yet, there are those today who wish to paint the picture that four years of the life of the Confederate States of America is much worse than the entire life of our current republic or that the actions of a minority are representative of a whole.

So the next time some one says the Confederate flag is racist, politely ask them, and what of the Native American under the Stars and Stripes? Don’t forget to include those who suffered the most under the current flag, the Native American. I think it is safe to say, we owe the Native American a simple apology because so far, I haven’t heard one yet.

How blind are we, the American people, to not see what we have done, and are continuing to do under the Stars and Stripes? We are in denial, that supposedly we are freest republic on the Earth, but yet we allow and behave like the most tyrannical. No other proof is needed than the abuses of government against the liberties they are sworn, and duty bound to protect of every American citizen under the Stars and Stripes. In our own hypocrisy, we have an inept president who has done nothing to solve the upheaval between the races, or to protect our rights as he swore to do upon taking his oath of office. However, because of the color of his skin, criticizing him will get you labeled as racist simply because you disagree with his policies and actions. We have a Congress that the best money can buy and if you dare say otherwise publicly, the mainstream media will call you a conspiracy theorist or delusional.

Perhaps, if the American people educated themselves about our Constitution, our republic’s history, about Native Americans, and causes of the War Between the States, and not some watered down public school version to make us feel better about ourselves and government, they would see, that yes, there is more to our flag than “Land of the Free, and Home of the Brave.” The American people will find that our flag is dripping with innocent blood, lies and deceit.

However, it is rather unfortunate, that the American citizenry are too lazy to care or are too busy being manipulated by those who want them in bondage and disunited. This modern day form of slavery need not chains or whips but rather strict obedience to their masters who will send swarms of armed men to kidnap, imprison, to brutalize people, or confiscate private property. If these patriot Americans resist, if they continue in defending their rights, these swarms of armed men, also known as the police, have the authority of the State and Federal government to invade their homes, and kill them. The media will call these swarms of armed men heroes, but to their victims, they are known as enforcers and tools of the tyrants.

Don’t want to pay your car registration tax? The government will seize your property. Want to smoke a plant that harms no one? The U.S. Government will send armed men from a chosen alphabet soup agency to kidnap you, seize your property, your life savings, imprison you and destroy your life. All this is being done under the Stars and Stripes!

Ironically, Hitler did not have to invade the U.S. to have the tyranny that we have today disguised as the N.S.A., C.I.A. or Homeland Security under the Stars and Stripes. Having these views, in our republic, today, will have you labeled by our government, our politicians and mainstream media as a potential domestic extremist, paranoid delusional individual or terrorist because we dare speak out against the tyranny that is coming over these States. It is the same tyranny that our ancestors brothers and sisters fought against. When the King, proclaimed these colonies in revolt, and President of these States proclaimed those southern States are in rebellion against their respective governments, those brave men answered the call of freedom and willingly put their lives at risk.

It is apparent, that we Americans are so slighted and easily distracted that we have not learned from the history of our German counterparts when tyranny in the form of Nazism plagued Germany. Let us remind ourselves of our recent history with regards to Hitler; Hitler did not enter Berlin with army tanks, he was elected by a wide majority of the people. Speaking out against Hitler and Nazis became hazardous to one’s health, especially when the population was completely disarmed and only government had all the firearms. If you spoke out against the Nazi regime, if your opinion differed from the Nazi propaganda machine, you were labeled an enemy of the state, and thus your life as you knew it was over. These German citizens did not commit any crimes, they did not violate any one’s rights, all they did was simply believed differently and the life of their family and friends was over. Sound familiar?

In order to understand the controversy, we must first understand the underlying the history of our southern sister States to even grasp why the Confederate flag is revered by them. William E. Gladstone once said, that our U.S. Constitution was the greatest work ever written by the brain of men. This is undoubtedly true, yet, before and after the Constitution was ratified, the debate arose at the Philadelphia Convention and Congress as to the nature of this form of government. The Federalist papers, and the Anti-Federalist papers are a testament of this debate, and yet our citizenry are extremely ignorant of the debate.

It is undoubtedly true, slavery was the immediate cause in the woeful conflict between the States, it was the focal point in which the arguments centered on. However, had there been no slavery, there would have been no war, and there would have been no slavery if the South’s protests against the introduction of institution had been listened to when it was initially introduced by Northern colony of Massachusetts Bay.

Before the blistering bayonets and hostilities of 1861 began, the debates arose in Congress as to the nature of what ought to be our fraternal government, a voluntary union of independent sovereign States bound together by that noble fabric of parchment called the Constitution. This document, signed by the Founding Fathers, and sealed forever more by those soldiers, black, white and yes, Native American, too, with their sacred honor, lives, fortunes and revolutionary blood.

Even after the Constitution was signed, and ratified, the nature of the Constitution was continually debated in the halls of Congress. This debate tested willingness of Hamilton and Jefferson to compromise, and taxed the patience of Washington in their endeavors to define the nature of the relationship of the Constitution and sister States. Soon, the argument entered a sectional phase and what were words of fraternal brotherhood among these States, soon became a war of words until finally the argument of the nature of the government became so fractured that sadly, both sides believed the argument could no longer be settled in the halls of Congress, but sadly, the battlefield. A time when one side fought for perpetual ideas of a strong central government and the other side fought liberty in the independence of the States as bequeathed by our Forefathers.

The South responded with a depth of fraternal conviction to the charges of the North that secession was illegal, she argued that secession was not illegal, and the reasons for their action, as done by the original 13 States, were similar to those by our Forefathers. The South argued, that the States upon joining the union was a voluntary act, that each State had not surrendered their hard fought independence, which their mother country, finally in 1783, recognized each colony, as a free and sovereign independent State.

She argued, the essential American doctrine, that the right to govern rest upon the Consent of the Governed, and that by the expressed written terms of the Constitution, all rights, and all powers not delegated were reserved to all the States. Our southern sister States challenged both the North and the Federal government to find any trace of delegated authority in the Constitution where any State or groups of States can invade or coerce a free and sovereign State. These doctrines, in her vindication to the right to secede, to assert their independence, were the echoes and the same epithets by Washington, Hancock, Adams, Jefferson, Henry and Light Horse Harry Lee.

In the four years of bloody work, it safe to say, there is nothing that could be said or done that could have saved slavery since it was a dying institution in the Western world. No other proof is needed than the examples of our European counterparts across the ocean in their gradual abolition of the horrid institution of slavery. The prevailing thought than became not if slavery would cease but of when it would cease. Had slavery been allowed to die its slow death, the issues of racism that plague us today would be silent, and the topic of discussion would be the nature of our fraternal government.

Regardless of what you are told in the media, no matter the color of your skin, you should honor the fact that these men, both Northern, Southern and yes, Native American fought for freedom as they understood it to be. Those soldiers, in the tribunal of last resort, valor contended against valor, brave men against brave men are the true Patriots of the our blessed Republic. These soldiers fought for neither fame, or reward, place or rank and they stood fast to their duties as true Patriots of the Constitution, these men sacrificed their lives for an idea, freedom and died. I would implore any one to find racism in that; these are the values that our southern brothers and sisters view in their flag and not slavery.

There will be those that will compare the Confederate flag with the Nazi flag. They will make claim that both flags are equal to one another, and that both harbor ill will towards those who do not fit the mold in which they are represented under. However, we must understand that one flag argues the reason for their establishment is based on the principles outlined in the Declaration of Independence, by our forefathers in the likes of Patrick Henry, Daniel Webster and theories of John Locke and the other on the supremacy of a master race of people, and the extreme suppression of ideas.

In defense of our American history, I venture to say, that we must not let the actions of a few vocal minority define the majority. Therefore, I dare say, that Confederate State’s history is American history, the Confederate flag is also an American flag. We should not be ashamed of our history, and rather we should learn from our past, embrace, understand and comprehend it as best we can to move forward as a republic.

The Confederate Flag: Racist symbol? Is it really?

December 7, 2006 Leave a comment

Some 200 years ago, the people from the than 13 colonies decided that it was time to set up a new station where their future can be decided by themselves and not a despotic king. By setting up this new nation conceived in the notion that men should decide their future and doing so by governing themselves.

As a historian and researcher, my job is to look at the facts as they present themselves and objectively come to a conclusion. I must put my preconceived notions aside and look at what happened, why it happened and the reasons why an event happened. It is often said, that the victors of war write history. This is very true. Let us take for example the The War Between the States, the War of Southern Independence or as we know it, the American Civil War. The underlying issues that caused the war from the perspective of the south was high tariffs, and states rights. From the Northern perspective it was slavery and the bombardment of Fort Sumner. After 4 years of fighting, the Northern states won and the rest is history; history that is from the Northern or winning sides perspective. That perspective also clings to the fact the Confederate flag is racist and represents slavery, the main reason why the Northern states went to war or is it? Let us take a look at the facts. . .

I used to think that the Confederate flag was all about slavery, racism, segregation and anti-semitism. But if we look at our own history, the United States history, we can see that slavery existed under the Stars and Stripes too! Yet you see the NAACP complaining that the Confederate flag represents a part of our history that was not good. If you’re going to condemn the Confederate flag than be consistent and condemn the Stars and Stripes. Because before 1865, slavery was legal under the Stars and Stripes way before the Confederacy was born. But before we get into issue of the flag let us get a refresher in our U.S. history, shall we?

The War Between the States/Civil War was not fought to end slavery, it was a underlying issue for the friction between the Northern and Southern states but not the cause. The reason was to preserve the Federal Union, in other words to keep the South from forming their own country. Most wars, are the direct result of economic reasons. The Northern states at the time preferred high tariffs(taxes on imported goods) whereas the Southern states preferred lower tariffs. The Northern states were an industrial region whereas the Southern states were agricultural. Slavery existed in the Southern states and abolished in the Northern states. The Southern states view of government was quite different from the Northern states. The South’s view was that the government’s power was delegated by the states and that the states, not the government held the ultimate authority. So what does this mean?! It means that they believed in the principles of the Declaration of Independence about the relationship of the states in regards to one another and their association as a nation. They believed that when a government becomes destructive that it is their duty to alter, abolish it or set up a new station. These all ideas that are found in the Declaration of Independence.

Read the Declaration of Indepenence very carefully. It is the foundation in which people today fight for freedom for their country when their old one becomes despotic.

So what do you when a feel your rights start being trampled on or your way of life is threatened? You set up a new shop and government where your rights are protected and that is exactly what the Southern states did. Keep in mind, the majority of Southerners did not own slaves. So when war broke out between the Northern states and Southern states the Confederate soldiers could care less about slavery, they were fighting for the freedom of their state, their way of life and ideas of why governments are instituted among men whose just powers are derived by the consent of the governed. That is what the South was fighting for. Slavery was political issue that the states argued about because of the cultural differences between north and south. The south viewed slavery as an issue of something the state should handle and not the federal government. Lincoln said it himself, he did not wanted to abolish slavery in where it existed but he did wanted it outlawed in the west. But wait, he freed the slaves! Lincoln did not free the slaves, he declared them to be free by the Emancipation Proclamation but that did not mean they were free. How so? Well, he outlawed slavery in territory where the United States government had no control over and secondly the proclamation did not outlaw slavery in the states that were still part of the Union. It was the 13th Amendment that ended slavery forever in the United States; after the war!

Remember, slavery is a part of our past I hope we do not repeat. It is a dark time in our past but we must learn from it in order as a people to move forward understand why it was there and why even today we still see controversy over it. It should have never happened nor even been conceived. But the notion of slavery has existed on this Earth since the days of the British Empire, Egyptians, Roman Empire, Russian Empire, Songhai Empire and the Middle East. If we are to condemn the South for an institution it supported than we must be consistent and condemn the British, Romans, Russians, the Africans, Egyptians, Middle Eastern peoples or any peoples that supported slavery in their own right.

To just condemn the Confederates soldiers who fought with valor, for freedom in their own right is hypocrisy, remember most Confederate soldiers did not own slaves. So when they fought under the Stars and Bars, they were fighting for a cause of freedom from a government that wanted to dictate to them. We must give the Confederate soldier his due, they fought for freedom, they fought for their state, for the ideals of constitutional liberty and the right of a people to set up a new government when the old one becomes repressive. To me, that is the meaning of the Confederate flag.

However, the Confederate flag has had its image tarnished by those seeing the black man and those different culturally. Some men would rather disgrace the flag in which their ancestors fought for valiantly against overwhelming odds and lost. They would rather replace the meaning of the Confederate flag with racism, segregation and bigotry than keep the flag to its true meaning. It is a slap on the face to those Southerners who gave their lives for their land and freedom. They would rather spew words of hate and give the perspective all Southerners share this feeling with hoods and possibly burning crosses. This is the meaning the Confederate flag for me when it is used incorrectly.

So if you were to ask me, what does Confederate flag mean to me? Here is my answer:

In the hands of right people it means, rebel, fighting for a just cause, constitutional liberty against overwhelming odds, Southern culture, pride and valor.

In the hands of the wrong people it means racism, segregation and bigotry. It also means dishonoring those men who gave their lives and fortune both black and white in the name of their country.

If we look at our history, the immoral institution of slavery was legal. The Northern states had the right idea, they abolished slavery, they knew it was wrong. The Southern states on the other hand did not abolish slavery and it was protected by the Constitution because the states held that power to abolish it. So what gives? Eventually, the Southern states would have abolished slavery in their time. Unfortunately, it never happened and many men died for the cause of freedom, both North and South.

A must read about the why the South fought in the war and gives a good meaning to what the Southern flag means.

http://www.civilwarhome.com/gordoncauses.htm