Let’s get a little controversial. Disclaimer: Skip this if you are easily offended.
Yesterday, Amazon joined the growing list of retailers who are no longer selling the Confederate Flag. I think it’s a step in the right direction. Keep reading if you aren’t narrow mindedly already accusing me of being a bleeding heart liberal.
There was a time in a place for the Confederate Flag, mostly during the 1800’s, when a war was raging. I’ve heard the arguments about it being a piece of history, but most history belongs in museums, not on license plate holders or hung in the back of truck windows. I’ve had people tell me “It’s a Southern thing, I can’t understand.” And their right, I don’t understand why someone still wants to fly a flag that not only represents treason committed by the southern states but oppression. Everyone, including Southerners, would be really fucking offended if someone were to start flying a Nazi flag and they stand for pretty much the same thing.
I admit, they used to not. The Confederate Flag was meant to be a battle rally, joining brothers-in-arms to fight the evil government of the north. The government that didn’t understand them. The government that was too concerned with northern affairs to really care about what happened in the south. But that’s not the symbolism today…
Just like the swastika is a symbol of harmony and peace and thousands of years older than the Nazis, because the Nazis appropriated it for their cause, it became tarnished. The same goes for the Confederate Flag. It has been appropriated by White Supremacists groups, hate-mongers who use it to rally their own evil army. And as much as us white folks don’t want to buy into it, we should be terrified of these groups, because when they finish with colored folks, they will turn on us.
Because when these groups run out of people to hate for skin color, they are going to find something else. Something just as arbitrary and asinine and I’m certain I’ll be among those herded onto trains like cattle and sent to a death camp.
Also, if you’re an American, shouldn’t you be more concerned with the Stars & Stripes than the Stars & Bars? That’s part of the problem in this country, everyone wants to be American but they also want to be all these other things along with it. I’m a Southern American. Who gives a shit? You should just be an American. These petty differences are what divides us, not what strengthens us.
So, yes, it is time to retire to the Confederate Flag. It is part of our past and it should stay there, because its purpose in our present is a symbolism of hate and oppression. Much like the Nazi Flag, if you want your children to learn about the Grey Brotherhood, take your kids to a museum, don’t hang the fucking thing outside your house.