So The Confederate Flag Was Taken Down in Alabama…

The Governor of that state ordered the Confederate Battle Flag to be removed from the grounds of the statehouse there.

So what? As with many things, in particular with conservatives, the symbology involved is to cover up the real problem. And that problem is that so many people in the United States, while perhaps claiming otherwise, do not actually support these core principles for black or brown people:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Needless to say, this also applies to the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, and the overall tone of the Constitution.

Slavery is just part of the problem that still exists today. Jim Crow laws, laws to keep blacks from voting, white control over black majority, and even law and policy to divert wealth to the upper classes, is essentially legislated racism.

Even the language is biased. Think about how often “thug” is used a code word. With the advent of the Civil Rights movement, several states responded by incorporating the Confederate flag into their state flags; that’s just shooting the finger at a large proportion of their population. In the past several years, several states have enacted voting suppression laws aimed largely at less affluent populations, including black and brown people, which of course is inherently incompatible with freedom and equality.

The people who fought for the Confederacy were traitors, plain and simple. They wanted to build their economy on the backs of slaves. No rationalizations now can change that.

25 June Addendum:

There has a been an explosion of memes over the past day or so, with conservatives trying to tie support for the Confederacy back to various liberals (or those perceived as such 🙂 ). One in particular that I’ve seen at least a dozen postings of is a Confederate flag campaign button or sticker with “Clinton-Gore 1992” on it. If you Google something like “Clinton Gore Confederate Flag” you will get a whole raft of hits, that are mostly conservative web sites like theblaze.com. On Facebook today I saw a post from a person just claimed “Do you know who else supported the rebel flag? Clintons” (it was missing the ending period). It would be easy to claim the poster as yet another easily led unthinking conservative or something like that, but the intent is to justify support for the Confederate flag, and therefore the Confederacy, by trying to paint others as supporters. This is logically flawed, but it also shows the weakness of the position in that it can’t stand on it’s own. The plethora of conservative sites trying to get traction by echoing the meme is just trying to deflect attention from the inherent racism (and basic antipathy to American ideals as expressed in the Declaration, Constitution, and history) of conservatives of the past several years.

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