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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Confederate Flag! Why the Debate?

Local residents watch the Selma-to-Montgomery March. By Matt Herron.
As Civil Rights Movement photographer Matt Herron explains,
"Southerners who believed in racial segregation displayed Confederate flags instead of the American flag. People were pulled from their cars by policemen and beaten simply for displaying a American flag."

As we watch the growing manifestation of conflict related to the Confederate Flag, it is important to reflect back on a time when the Flag took a great deal f relevance to millions. While many are writing the flag was not a universal moniker for the US Confederacy, it is obvious the Flag has become a moniker of hatred against regions of the country outside the South, it is a blatant reminder of the US anti-Civil Rights movement And it is now drawing public support from white supremacists.  

Many conservatives are working like honey bees to differentiate the flag form perceptions of a harbinger of white supremacy and overt racism. They are working feverishly against a tide that unarguably shows southern racist refuse to respect the deaths of nine church worshipers at the hand of a gunman who brandished images of the flag (while showing images of a burning US flag).  
Is the South Racist?Is the South racist?We wanted to know – so we hit the road in South Carolina to find out:
Posted by AJ+ on Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Americans across the country are waking up to the fact that the Confederate Flag is a symbol of racism and oppression – but is the deep south really changing?
MSNBC's Chris Hayes, ALL In, recently ran a great six minute segment of the history f the Confederate Flag:

While some on the Right are expending moderate amounts of camera time declaring the Confederate Flag is not a racist exhibition, "...has nothing to do with race!", are espousing a false reality. That which is posted above refutes the claims while exposing the flag for the very reason Dylan Roof proudly depicted himself as opening defiant (ad a future racist killer).

There was time when some southerners placed the flag in perspective while recognizing the futility of its display.One such noted icon of US history was Confederate General Robert E. Lee at the close of the Civil War.

When woman asking Lee what to do with an old battle flag. Lee supposedly responded, “Fold it up and put it away.”

In 2014, The Spectator published a piece regarding Robert E. Lee and the end of the Civil War. The piece has an underlying theme that centers on the Confederate Flag. Yet, author of the piece repeatably left me with the thought, Lee was a forward thinking individual who acquiesced to the Civil War loss with great inner emotion, but showed stoically as a gentleman when his leadership was either expected or sought.

The Spectator

Confederate battle flags, or their replicas, surrounded the statue from 1930 until last week, when the university removed them. To me, their absence pays more homage to the memory of its most famous president than their presence. Judging from the thousands of his letters I’ve read in exploring his faith, for all his deeds, heritage and acclaim (and animosity) accorded him, Robert Edward Lee was at heart a humble soul striving to do his duty to his God and his country. Those flags 

Soon after surrendering at Appomattox, he encountered an old friend from Mexican War days, Marsena Patrick, then the Union general overseeing provisions for Richmond’s residents. Lee reportedly told Patrick, “the only question on which we did not agree has been settled, and the Lord has decided against me.” 
Lee, the soldier, became a man of peace. He had vetoed any notions of waging guerrilla warfare; he counseled Confederate associates to stay in the country and share in rebuilding and reconciling it. And he agreed to lead Washington College because he believed it was his Providential duty—because God wished it. 
After the devastated school’s trustees daringly asked Lee to become their president, Lee visited an Episcopal clergy friend who tried to guide him toward larger, more prominent situations. Lee argued instead that “this door and not another was opened to him by Providence,” and he wanted his remaining years to be “a comfort and a blessing to his suffering country.” 
Lee came to Lexington on a mission. “I think it is the duty of every citizen, in the present condition of the Country, to do all in his power to aid in the restoration of peace and harmony,” he wrote the trustees. “It is particularly incumbent upon those charged with the instruction of the young to set them an example.”
Some can call it what they wish, the reality is clear. The Confederate Flag is a lingering vestige of a time when African-Americans were freed from slavery and it serves as a reminder of white supremacy.

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