Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Confederate Flag

It’s in response to the Brad Paisley discussion, but it applies to other issues.

Nothing is changed by banishing the Confederate Flag out of a desire to be polite or inoffensive. The Confederate Flag should not die because black people have come to feel a certain way about their country, it should die when white people come to feel a certain way about themselves. It can’t be for me. It has to be for you.

4 thoughts on “Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Confederate Flag

  1. Rob Bakerob September 23, 2013 / 6:54 am

    IMHO, I think Ta-Nehisi, and others, are nit picking two lines out of the song to represent its entirety. From the discussions I’ve read, Paisley is focusing on race relations in the South, not simply the flag. I think to chalk every discussion about this song up to a discussion about the CBF is somewhat misleading, and misconstrues the intent of the artist.

    Granted, I’m biased in this interpretation. I’m getting sick of hearing about the flag from all parties.

  2. jfepperson September 23, 2013 / 8:41 am

    Regardless, I think he (Coates) is fundamentally right.

  3. Rob Baker September 23, 2013 / 11:39 am

    For some reason my profile is all jacked up. Hope this fixes it.

  4. chancery September 25, 2013 / 6:51 pm

    >From the discussions I’ve read, Paisley is focusing on race relations
    >in the South, not simply the flag

    I thought Coates acknowledged that, and expressed his different perspective in a civil, even cordial manner. He’s a powerful and persuasive writer. And I agree with Professor Epperson.

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