Here’s another fine article from the website Border Fire Report. This article defends the Confederate Flag. The article titled End Discrimination Against the Confederate Flag and the South is actually just one of two recent articles to defend the heinous symbol of racism.
Call it historical. Claim it’s a symbol of state’s rights, but the Confederate flag is no more a symbol of anything good than the swastika is a symbol of peace. The meaning of the Confederate flag has long been a symbol or racist groups and that’s something Border Fire Report is going to have to deal with. You can no more remove racism from the Confederate flag than you can remove it from the cone hood-mask worn by the KKK.
In this article John Lillpop (who also wrote the post titled “Should America invade Mexico“)laments at our desire for diversity that falls short of letting racist symbols proliferate. In his short article he states:
Why is it that those who preach that “our diversity is our greatest strength” the loudest are often the least tolerant and most non-inclusive?
What’s strange is that Lillpop claims these students where waiving the flags while a previous story on Border Fire Report titled Mexican Flag Gets Students Expelled… Oh, Wait… claims the flags where adorning the kids trucks.
If these true blues where simply trying to defend the Confederate flag I still wouldn’t agree, but at least I could understand. However, rather than stick to the topic they go off on Latin American countries:
No, it wasn’t the Mexican flag, it wasn’t the Iranian flag or even the Venezuelan flag. It was the Confederate flag.
What do the flags of these other nations have to do with this story? Well, nothing at all, but when all you can think about are the evil Latinos then you’re going to inject that hatred everywhere you can. So instead of trying to prove the Confederate flag is not racist Huston insinuates that these kids are true Americans and it’s the people that wave or hang flags of Latin American countries that should be punished.
In order for his tactic to work you too have to be angry at these Latin American flags. You must be instilled with a hatred for Hispanics and Latinos.
Getting back to Lillpop’s article he claims:
Over the past few years, Americans have seen foreigners (illegal aliens) take over our streets whilst flying the flag of Mexico in order to demand non-existent rights.
How is it that some Americans can forgive and forget when it comes to foreign enemies, but cannot tolerate the flying of the Confederate Flag by our Southern brethren?
Actually Mexico is not a foreign enemy; however, to Lillpop any other nation is apparently automatically an enemy of the United States. What he also fails to see here is that these rallies and protest feature many U.S. flags as well. The other flags are waived to represent country of origin and not as a sign of ‘invasion’ as these people like to claim. No matter how much they hate it the Mexican flag being waived in a parade is no more threatening than the Italian flag hanging on Mulberry street in New York.
In his article, Lillpop then goes on to state the Confederate flag reminds him of tranquility and peace:
To many, the Confederate Flag represents a slower pace of life, pretty belles with charming Southern drawls, down home folks who are honest, open and friendly, blistering hot summers, baseball, car racing, and Southern fried chicken.
When I see the Confederate Flag, I think of country music, eating watermelon and BBQed steak in the back yard in July, fighting off mosquitoes bigger than most dogs, swimming in creeks, and the soothing, reassuring melody orchestrated by country crickets.
Best of all, the Confederate Flag conjures up images of tranquil and serene Southern churches, black congregations being among the most colorful and spiritual.
Yes, even black people should appreciate the Confederate flag. I’m sure their grandparents who saw it waiving as the South defended its right to keep them as slaves would have agreed. Of course the myriad of hate groups who use it as a symbol of pride surely appreciate Lillpop’s gesture as well.
But Lillpop doesn’t care if a black person sees hatred in the Confederate flag. He says so in his article:
It is true that many African-Americans see only “hatred, bigotry, intolerance, slavery, civil rights issues and discrimination” in the Confederate Flag.
To such people, one bit of advice seems appropriate: Get over it and give diversity a chance!
This sad lack of compassion should come as no surprise from a voice of white entitlement. Us whites are allowed to make you into slaves and then tell you to shut up about it because hey, that was the past. Why should we respect your feelings or desires? We didn’t do it then so we’re certainly not going to do it now. Right?
Maybe it’s Lillpop and his ilk that haven’t given diversity a chance. It’s been nearly 150 years since the end of slavery yet it’s only been about fifty since schools were desegregated.
Even more ridiculously, the kids weren’t using the flags in response to any racial situation, nor were they parading the flags around the school. These flags were merely hanging on their autos on the last day of school.
Here we read that the flags were just ‘hanging on their autos.’ However, the ABC News story states:
School district officials say the students were “carrying and waving” the Confederate flags when they arrived at their last day of school, a violation of the school’s code of conduct.
And as of the flag simply hanging from the kid’s truck:
One of the teens had a flag hoisted on a 20-foot flagpole attached to his truck.
Taking the time to attach this massive flag to your vehicle certainly says you knew what you were doing. What I don’t get is why kids in Minnesota would be flying the flag.
Racism is alive and well in the United States and the issue of immigration is only throwing fuel onto the embers of a fire that may never be extinguished.
In Florida a group called “Sons of Confederate Veterans” are hoisting up a massive Confederate flag in Tampa, Florida.
A man defending the flag stated:
During a recent television appearance, Lambert denied that the flag was racially offensive and should be stigmatized. “It’s well known that the KKK flies the U.S. flag and the Christian flag,” Lambert said. “And so why aren’t those symbols taken in and embodied in the symbol of hatred while the Confederate flag is? It flies in the face of reason that we demonize this particular flag,” he said.
I’ll tell him why. It’s because the U.S. flag represent this country and the Confederate flag does not. The U.S. flag can mean many things – good and bad. However, the Confederate flag has long since been hijacked as a symbol of hatred and these people know full well that flying it equals the statement “boy I wish the south won the war – us white folk would be better off.” The Confederate flag represents a time of slavery and oppression. To fly it in such a grand manner is dreadfully irresponsible.