"Humanitarianism is the expression of stupidity and cowardice." - Adolph Hitler
"Political ideology can corrupt the mind, and science." - E.O. Wilson
What is the Confederate Flag? Is it a piece of history, a tribute to fallen confederate soldiers, or is it a symbol of racism? The answer is yes, to all three. It is a piece of history, and therefore should be preserved, but because of the racism attached to it, it has no business being flown anywhere, especially at the South Carolina Statehouse.
According to Washington Post Columnist Eugene Robinson, it is "....a middle finger directed at the federal government. It was flown there as a symbol of resistance to racial desegregation." Is it true that the flag was not raised there until 1961? Yes. Is it true that it was a symbol of resistance to racial desegregation? Maybe, maybe not, but it doesn't matter. What does matter is perception. One man's perception is his reality. If a man perceives the flag to be racist, then his reality is that the flag is racist. It is easy to to dismiss one person's perception, or even a few persons. But when the flag is perceived to be racist by half the country, the perceived racism becomes real racism.
How did the flag become a symbol of racism? I don't know the full evolution of the flag, but I do know hate groups such as the KKK seem more likely to waive the confederate flag than the US flag. I did a Google image search before typing this blog, and It seems they LOVE waiving that flag around. They wear it as a patch on their clothing, and even have confederate flag bumper stickers. Don't forget the skinheads, they showed up in my image search as well. It seems they are just as likely to have the confederate flag tattooed as they are the swastika. Aryan Nation. Neo-Nazis. Neo-Confederates. The list goes on, and they all seem to be borrowing symbols from each other. I found an image of KKK members wearing their robes at a rally, waving the confederate flag and giving the Nazi salute while in another image Neo-Nazis wave the confederate flag. It's all the same: Hatred. And it needs to stop. I say good riddance, confederate flag. Go sit in a museum where you belong.
So blame it on the hate groups if you like, but the bottom line is this: If you sill support the confederate flag, then you place ideology above humanity (now go and re-read the quotes at the beginning of this blog).
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