Confederate stands for rebellion not slavery now a days
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The Confederate flag only has meaning to those who put meaning onto the flag. Can the flag be symbolized as southern pride or is that just touching the surface? The history of the flag is rooted in slavery. People of color being owned by white individuals. A Nazi flag can spur the idea of the genocide that took place or can just be seen as a symbol of German Nationalism. With German nationalism came the eradication of many innocent individuals under that black swastika and blood red flag. Those who survived the brutal middle passage from Africa's western coast (also who came from Europe or elsewhere) were forced to work under the Confederate flag in blood and tears. When they finished their duties the white family who hung that flag would reside for the day at their leisure. Notice people of color who finished the grueling work were robbed of their family and their roots hence why in contemporary times a person of color has the last name O'Grady when Irish or English descent is far from their ethnicity. Malcolm X gave himself that X due to the fact that his last name was not his but, of someone who owned his ancestors underneath that confederate flag or another flag that advocated for non white folks being owned by whites. Like many items it is easy not to peer deep into the true meaning behind something. For example Nike, Nike shoes are not worth more than a dollar or two if that but, are sold for sixty to over a hundred times in the West. In China grueling factories similar to a sweat shop is where these shoes are made. The people who some are just mere children in early adolescence work in these miserable conditions for next to nothing but for subsidence. The alienation of these workers aren't seen when T.I. or Jay-Z walk around in their fresh pair by the majority of their audience. The meaning many people see is a style, a fashion that is in (or out for that matter), in sum, a meaning. To state that the Confederate flag's meaning is a symbol of southern pride is hiding something touchy for those brave enough to look through the flag, not just at the surface. Not that I am stating that the Northern flag is innocent or the current U.S. flag is one sent down by heaven but to state that the Confederate flag has no connection to slavery in the South at all is a farce. Slavery is overt racism when the idea of whiteness comes into the cards of play.
The history of the Confederate flags whether the Stainless flag, the Bonnie blue flag that many people of U.S. died under, the Blood Stained Banner has firm roots in slavery. To display the flag comes the meaning of what the flag is being displayed for. Can the Confederate flag just be raised to represent heritage? Many can see the enriching history of the flag as heritage but, that flag has a vast amount of meanings to an immense quantity of people (three hundred million plus) that compose the U.S.A. Can we all get along in peace, no, but, can we try, yes, probable, most likely not in our lifetime or for the lifetime of the human species. Meanings run deep. The clear cut definition of right and wrong is hard to come by even when it is not a tough issue of debate. To hang the Confederate Flag anywhere in the U.S. can protrude on someone else's life in a negative way even if that person who hung their flag had innocent intentions. Not all racism is overt, for some individuals subtle racism and the meaning can harm an individual even more than the loud kind. In contemporary times it would be nice for the human species to all get along and see that on an innate human level each other as the same regardless of what flag they choose to display because, a flag is something humans put a meaning to.
Due to the southern states leaving the United States of America they need to create a flag which ended up to be the confederate flag. They REBELLED from the northern states and one of their beliefs were to have the right to own slaves. It represents states rights. Just like when America rebelled from England. Does are flag represent the belief on not to tax?
Our flag does not represent on not to tax but, not to be taxed by a government that exists across the pond (Atlantic Ocean). To tax domestically for the furthering of domestic industry as well as keeping the thirteen colonies funds for the thirteen colonies not for a King to collect to further his motives and oppression of the new land that the Italian Christopher Columbus financed by Spain happened to stumble upon. Concurring confederacy does mean a rebellion or unification of individuals however, for the South that unification wanted to preserve an ideal of a human being owning another human being as a right for those superior to the inferior. When superior relies on property and color. That superiority is nothing but a farce however, that flag does identify with slavery. That farce is why people of color who knew how to read, write, and communicate were one of the most dangerous people in the North, the South, and current times.
You have those people that call them self rednecks that live in the northern states such as New Jersey and New York. They fly confederate flags but no one calls them racist. They call those people wanna be rednecks. Rednecks are commonly known for their rebellious life style. You can say that you can rebel from anything.
In 2001 the Mississippi legislative in a state referendum had sixty four percent of the votes leaning towards not to change the current flag to thirty six percent to change the flag to the twenty stars that would replace the confederate flag. Note, almost sixty percent of individuals living in Mississippi are white compared to thirty seven percent who are people who are black as the residual percent falls in the left over ethnic categories. The estimated population in 2012 of Mississippi is 2,978,514 compared to the three million people plus that live in the United States of America. The U.S.A. has about thirteen percent of individuals below the poverty level. In Mississippi that average is twenty one percent. With a brief overview of understanding the dominant race in Mississippi I would like to peer deeper into this issue. There is only one person of color currently sitting at the lowest of the seniority hierarchy of the Mississippi Supreme Court (Justice King). Again King is not the first person of color to compose the Supreme Court of Mississippi but, I would like to note that in this power system it is mainly composed of individuals who are white. The white race still is in dominant roles across the spectrum whether in the police, fire department, Presidents, C.E.O.'s and so fourth when it comes to jobs and power whether local , state, or governmental. To look at the empirical statistics of the dominant race in Mississippi provides insight on who went out to the ballots but, furthermore.
Now a broad black community (remember some people of color are not essentially African Americans but Jamaican Americans) does not necessarily subjectively react to the flag as one of hideousness and atrocity. Some see that flag as a symbol that their race in fact was the building block to what made this country what it is today through their slavery, their backbone toiling in the elements not the white folks. Others can see the flag subjectively as one that symbolizes their oppression and bring up hatred for the holder of that Confederate flag even if the holder of that flag does not wish to shed any feelings of contempt and oppression to another individual. Regardless if the flag was to harm someone personally specifically a person of color many white people just do not understand what its like to be oppressed and deal with the everyday monotony of being black. Whether it is driving while black, shopping while black (double conscience) and so forth being black makes everyday more challenging in a white superior country. A white man whether a wanna be redneck in the north, a racial bigot, or an honest historian protecting history can devastate someone subjectively when the Confederate flag is displayed in honor similar to how the Washington Redskins Mascot makes a mockery out of Native American culture. Native Americans being the real settlers of the land I personally sit on in my home, that land was stolen from them. For those with roots linking them to true Native American descent a dancing Indian at half time yelling "pow wow wow , pow wow wow wow etc.", and dressing up in a gown that is not right makes a mockery out of their culture and ancient beliefs. The Indian sound isn't the one many cartoons likened it to be but one of a heartbeat a simple drum to represent their noise not what many people in contemporary U.S. culture belief their dance and music to be. Objectively likened to this idea the flag does have history that relates to slavery and cannot be ignored as just simply a rebellion but historically and meaningfully has a deeper impact on those who see it psychologically when presented. I do not know or can know what racial group of individuals voted for and nah regarding the flag referendum to be retained in 2001, though that would be highly interesting if there was statistics to group the votes. To simply state that I am confederate can be to what is pertained in the dictionary as rebellious. Yes I can rebel from anything I perceive unjust or just for that matter if that was my stance on an issue. Slavery and the Confederacy are deeply correlated with one in another. But if the argument is simply regarding that any confederacy or union of people band together for something that has nothing to do with history or the Confederacy of the South then that has absolutely nothing to do with the flag and so forth in today's time. I can be a in a confederacy of men against the X issue and have no implication to the history of the confederacy just simply that I am confederate against X. It is difficult to determine the right and wrong of something. What is the essential significance of Right and what is the connotation of Wrong? How can the true significance of Right and Wrong be applied to this issue in contemporary times? To simply diminish slavery not tied to the Confederate flag cannot be Right. How someone subjectively interprets that flag can be clouded in Rightness or Wrongness. Mississippi does not allow anyone to own slaves which answers the question: Who has the right to someone else's body? Mississippi though displaying that flag has not diminished its roots in slavery. Though slavery is in fact illegal, Mississippi still waves the flag of Slavery high in the sky and that can be seen visually and be perceived as such now in days. Therefore if the flag of Slavery is flown slavery is just that and that flag represents Slavery. I can own a I hate X flag and not actively go out on a revulsion riot in opposition to X. But that X still has a meaning.
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