Another View on The Confederate Flag

Here’s how someone feels about the people who oppose the flying of the Confederate flag:

If you are anti-Southern Cross, you are pro-racist.
Extreme view?
Consider the following facts:

(1) There are at present several million Southern-born Americans today both here in the United States and across the world who honor the Southern Cross of Dixie as the living symbol of Southern identity, heraldry, and memorial for the Confederate dead. Of that number roughly 90% or higher display that flag in no manner advocating racial hatred or superiority in any way, shape, or form. And of that number, and perhaps more, tens of thousands of active defenders of Southern heritage who advocate for the continued display of that flag in all honorable forms.

(2) Every active Southern heritage group in America and across the world who honors that flag has members who actively oppose any hate group that wrongly misuses that flag as a symbol of intolerance.

(3) Corrupt civil rights groups like the NAACP, their political and academic allies across America condemn the display of the Southern Cross of Dixie as an outdated symbol or an outright symbol of hate and intolerance. They attack any and all public displays of the flag on public and private property and label all who do not share their views “racist” for failing to comply.

(4) Hate groups that advocate white supremacy like the Ku Klux Klan, American Neo-Nazi Movement, ect. clandestinely support attacks on the Southern Cross they misuse to create hatred and try to boost their membership. They too view the flag as a symbol of hate and intolerance.

To stand in favor of the positive display of the Southern Cross of Dixie as a true living symbol of Southern identity is to stand for the view that the flag should offend nobody. Under this view no human being should fear the display of that flag, or the people who honor it.
Under that view the misuse of that flag by hate groups is diminished.

To stand AGAINST the display of the Southern Cross of Dixie is to concede it to be a symbol of hatred and to stand for the view that the flag is offensive. That view creates misguided fear and prejudice towards all who display it regardless of their personal views, and it diminishes the concept of true tolerance.
Under that view the misuse of that flag by hate groups is exhausted.

The conclusion:
To honor the Southern Cross of Dixie as a symbol of Southern identity is the fight for pride and respect for all Southern people.
To condemn the Southern Cross of Dixie as a racist symbol is itself a PRO-RACIST act in the modern 21st Century view.

Under that declaration the following illustration appeared:

Carl's CF in DistressNote a problem?


12 thoughts on “Another View on The Confederate Flag

  1. eshonk February 5, 2014 / 7:36 pm

    Since slavery and racism are American problems, not Southern ones exclusively, and since “Old Glory” was the flag that flew on slave ships, not the Confederate Battle Flag, then those who are “offended” by the CBF, and not “Old Glory” are basically garden variety “hypocrites.” Southerners have the right to display the flag that represents the sacrifices made by their ancestors during their fight for independence from the malfunctioning Union, just as Northerners honor the flags under which their ancestors fought during the War for Southern Independence. Southern Heritage and History is just as important to Southern Americans, as Northern Heritage and History is to Northern Americans. Accept the reality that Southerners are not about to forego their history and culture, just because some folks claim to be offended by it. Actually, social media is making it possible for Southerners to get their message out to people across the globe, and eventually everyone will have the opportunity to uncover the truth re: the unnecessary war that was foisted on them by power-hungry Northerners, who had no interest in honoring their founding principle of “consent of the governed.”

    • tmheaney February 5, 2014 / 9:38 pm

      It is true that the republic of the United States contained slavery and that the Stars and Stripes flew over slavers’ ships between 1777 and 1808 (and thereafter over navy ships hunting slavers). However, the existence of slavery in the Union was incidental to its formation which was centered around the idea that “all men are created equal.”

      On the other hand, the Confederacy was formed specifically for the protection of slavery with the institution as its cornerstone. As the _Charleston Mercury_ clearly declared, “Slavery is the immediate cause of the existence of the Confederacy” (March 6, 1861). One flag stood for a republic that happen to have slaves, while they other stood for a slaveholders’ republic. There is a difference between the flags and their history.

  2. Michael Rodgers February 5, 2014 / 8:15 pm

    By and large, “flag critics” have followed John Coski’s advice to “be more tolerant of the flag’s presence as a war memorial and historical symbol.” We eagerly await the day when his advice to others is followed: “Descendants of Confederate veterans who wish to display the flag to honor their ancestors should favor a return to the practice, prior to World War II, of displaying the flag only as an unambiguously historical or memorial symbol.”
    That’s it: we won’t complain at all when you unambiguously honor your ancestors, and we will complain when you (or others) use the flag in some other way (you should complain then too).

    • Michael Rodgers February 6, 2014 / 6:02 am

      As an example, if you’re flying the flag as a political act, as the TEA Party flies the Gadsden flag, then you’re engaging in politics not unambiguously honoring your ancestors.

  3. Al Mackey February 5, 2014 / 9:35 pm

    There are a number of problems. First, the obvious one is that if you look at the star in the middle of the flag, that is supposed to have its point up toward the top. This flag is upside down, a symbol of distress or disrespect to that flag. Secondly, there is very little accurate in what he wrote due to his total ignorance of history, and as a result, garbage in, garbage out, his conclusion isn’t worth diddly squat. Only other historically ignorant people like Dumbford or the troll Austin/Melbourne/etc. et al. will be taken in by it.

    • Bob Nelson February 6, 2014 / 5:23 pm

      Good job, Al. I looked at that picture for some twenty minutes, counted the number of stars, looked at the gromets and still missed it.

  4. Roger E Watson February 6, 2014 / 4:57 am

    Carl W. Roden: “A very good point Maeve and one I certainly agree with. I have no respect for those who won’t learn or hear the truth. They are part of the problem, not the solution.”

    Poor Carl has just indicted himself as he is, as Al says above, historically ignorant !

  5. Tony February 6, 2014 / 12:45 pm

    My ancestor fought with Forrest … I think to be historically accurate, I would fly the black flag to honor my ancestor.

    But seriously, millions? I live in the deepest of the deep south, and the number of times I have seen people fly the CBF I can probably count on my fingers … worst case, I might have to use my toes as well.

  6. Brad Griffin February 6, 2014 / 1:02 pm

    Carl Roden is living in his own Rainbow Confederate fantasy world. Of course, this is the same guy who enjoys writing erotic stories about Nickelodeon cartoon characters, so we shouldn’t be surprised.

  7. Thelibertylamp February 6, 2014 / 2:20 pm

    Oh the logic of a grown man who pretends he’s cartoon character …

  8. castawaysojourner August 20, 2014 / 4:30 pm

    This was brilliantly summarized. Brief and to the point. Thank you.

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