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WillClayton
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afterbirth
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The Confederate Flag is a symbol of racism.

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Started: 1/22/2015 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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WillClayton

Pro

The Confederate Flag is a symbol of racism.



afterbirth

Con

No it's not
Debate Round No. 1
WillClayton

Pro

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The Civil War:

“The secession of the Southern states (in chronological order, South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina) in 1860–61 and the ensuing outbreak of armed hostilities were the culmination of decades of growing sectional friction over slavery.”(1)


The south seceded from the North for a number of reasons. Slavery was perhaps the biggest reason. The South became “Confederate States of America.” Jefferson Davis was elected as the President of the Confederacy. His Vice President was Alexander Stephens. “in 1861, Stephens explained to a cheering audience that the Confederacy was founded to expressly reject the proposition that men of all races were equal. Instead, Stephens stated, "The foundations of our new government are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and moral condition."(2)

The purpose of a flag:

“Flags are an extremely easy way to identify a country or area immediately, language is not a barrier. The colors and emblems chosen by each country for its flag are deeply symbolic.” (3)

The Confederate Flag was used as a way to identify the confederacy and therefore the principles of the confederacy.

Conclusion:

The Confederacy choose their flag to represent their identity and principles. The Confederacy was founded upon the principle that “the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and moral condition.” This is obviously and indisputably a racist principle. The Confederate Flag is a symbol of Racism.


(1) http://www.britannica.com...
(2) http://www.cnn.com...
(3) http://www.signology.org...

afterbirth

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afterbirth forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
WillClayton

Pro

Extended.
afterbirth

Con

afterbirth forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by BobtheAlmighty 2 years ago
BobtheAlmighty
But why not any other country? Only the CSA had an inherently racist flag? Despite all the other nations that also subjugated and enslaved people.
Posted by UndeniableReality 2 years ago
UndeniableReality
Kinda changes the whole question, doesn't it.
Posted by afterbirth 2 years ago
afterbirth
Good question?
Posted by UndeniableReality 2 years ago
UndeniableReality
Is a symbol of racism or is a racist symbol?
Posted by BatmanRobinman 2 years ago
BatmanRobinman
Interesting
Posted by afterbirth 2 years ago
afterbirth
Argument will be up in a few hours
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