The Confederate Flag, among many other Southern symbols, should be left alone and preserved.
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Many people claim that flying the Confederate flag or leaving remnants of Southern symbology within Southern institutions is a form of modern white supremacy and hypocrisy. It is, in fact, the case that flying the American flag could also associated with a society filled with slavery, and racial hierarchy, if one decides to make the connection. The American flag flew over state sanctioned slavery beginning in 1789 to December of 1865, after the Civil War ended. If the American flag is an adamant symbol of egalitarianism, or, at least, should be, then why did the government only end this institution when it became an issue toward the end of the war? The American flag flew over slave states during the Civil War- border states. Therefore, any claim whatsoever that the Confederate flag is a symbol associated primary with white supremacy is utterly wrong when one cannot say the same concerning the American flag. Lest I forget about the connections many make with the flag concerning treason. Again, the American flag flew over colonial revolutionists fighting against Great Britain- legally treasonous. It is, therefore, only proper and fitting to support this symbol from the point of view from that of a Southerner. Just like Scotland is a distinct nation once fighting for independence, so to is the Southern United States. This symbol, like many others, is ingrained into the cultural identity of a people who choose to keep it. I say, let them, let us, keep it. To lose it would be to lose an identity, and repudiate a living inheritance.
As for slavery in the rest of the states may I point out that the union did not try and protect slavery as the confederacy did in it's own variation of the constitution and keeping the whole north/south divide alive isn't really contributing very well to a place that's supposed to be called the United States
The most striking part of your argument is the fact that you made no comment concerning the hypocritical notion of not associating the American flag with slavery. Yes, the borders states will have continued slavery if it had not been for the passing of the 13th amendment. Therefore, to conclude my arguments, I will offer my opponent my few last words concerning the meaning of this symbol, and many other southern symbols. The flag, put simply, is the patrimony of the Southern people, who clearly are a distinct demographic within this nation. If that were not so, then the stereotypes of the day would end. However, the hypocrisy here will never end. Those who wish to get rid of this cultural symbol will not end with the flag, but will continue forever, until even Stone Mountain is blasted to bits.
I thank my opponent for their arguments, and reiterate that the Lost Cause of the Confederacy (and its symbols) is not historical revisionism, but a modern problem. (If that were not the case, then the 2012 election would have looked a lot different). Good luck!
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