What the South protests now is all of the flack it gets for being Southern and representing KKK and supremacy. Clearly the South has nothing to do with that group of people, not any more than Indiana has to do with white supremacy. The South stands together as a people. The Hoosiers stand together as a people. The flag known as the Confederate is the Tennessee battle flag. After the Civil War the KKK adopted this flag to represent them.
What’s wrong with that? People in other parts of the United States tend to generalize and lump the South into standing for ideals and issues that have nothing to do with the southern states people.
How many crosses were burned in people’s yards? Why doesn’t the cross have to be changed? Blaming Southern folk altogether is not right. You can’t blame everybody because they lived in the South. You can’t blame Dukes of Hazard for having the Confederate flag on their car. Why all of a sudden is this a huge issue when this flag and monuments after they have stood on these government and public grounds all of these years, that is what The South wants to know.
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The Vietnam War veterans have their own flag, and if you asked some people from the sixties and seventies they would tell you they find it offensive, “take that Vietnam war flag down we don’t believe in war, it is not right to send our boys to war.”
If you asked the Jewish if the swastika symbol is offensive they will tell you yes. If we ask the Jewish to take themselves out of the equation of Jesus because they killed him they are not going to like that. If we say nothing Jewish must be in the United States or on Christian, government or public grounds it starts to get a little crazy. So does too asking the Confederate flag not to fly. People didn’t ask they stomped their foot and made it clear their way was the only way.
The South had the slaves and they had the people across the border. The majority of the people from the South who fought in the civil war were not plantations owners. They fought because it was the south and the southern thing to do to defend the land. If you think conspiracies and theories are prevalent today so were they too back then.
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The South wants to preserve the South. Nobody is screaming and demanding the North take down their civil war flags and statues. They both stay or they both go. There is no two ways about it. Plantations and slavery were not involved with the common man. That’s like saying Goldman Sachs is involved with the common man in this modern age, now doesn’t that sound silly. There was a big divide between the rich and the poor in the South. The poor were treated just as unfairly as the slaves were the only way they might have had different outcomes was only by way of the color of their skin. The poor were dirt under the rich Southern man’s feet. Rich was a very small portion of the people an elite few. Someone had to take the blame for the fact the slavery was still being used and it wasn’t going to be the North and their high horse societal ways. An elite few and we are talking a handful of people who owned several plantations. The North used slaves, why was the Underground Railroad in place in the North if they did not use slaves.
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Why was there more plantations in the South, we are back to location, the South has better weather. There is more crop growing to this day than there is in the North. It was just a couple of years ago that Georgia farmers complained about the immigration bills being proposed that would stop allowing migrant workers into the U.S. to work. They need a lot of people to keep the crops going and to pick the fresh produce.
The point is the cross nor the Confederate flag stand for white supremacy. It is a matter of how it is perceived; people of the South do not raise it and put it on their properties because they want to support slavery or white supremacy. They are proud to show folks they are from the South.
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The common man and woman in the South feels this flag is at the heart and the soul and representation of them just like the United States Flag is a representation of our people and our glorious nation. You have to give them that, they are loyal to a fault. It’s not their fault that other folks think of the flag as evil. As long as people have the ‘us versus them’ mentality the split will always remain, people have to agree to disagree. Some people are always looking for that very one thing to ‘separate’ them from others. You can ban it from public property, which makes no sense after it has flown all these years on honorable government land. People are free to put the flag on their body, cars and land.
I think we all agree that slavery was a terrible part of our history. It was no way to treat a people. Hate is as hate does. We could probably point the finger at anyone and find fault if we set our minds to it. We could point the finger at their clothing, their homes, property and the flags they want to wave and say,
“No they can’t because it offends me.”
Part of growing up and moving on is healing and forgiveness. You don’t have to believe in God to forgive someone. Forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary change of feelings that a victim goes through regarding an offense. It is letting go of negative emotions like vengefulness with increased ability to wish the offender well. According to the Amish definition forgiveness is giving up the right to revenge. The Amish forgive quickly and readily. People who feel they have been hurt and wronged want their revenge instead of forgiving the other and letting it be. An eye for an eye never let anyone be just ask the Hatfields and the McCoys.