Many Republican lawmakers are right in calling for the removal of the Confederate flag, and this does make sense for the Republican Party was the party of Abraham Lincoln, the party that wanted to get rid of slavery.
I might not agree with the modern Republican Party with their conservative social stances or fiscal policies, but kudos to Republican legislators who want to remove the Confederate flag. They are doing the right thing.
Many have attempted to remove the Confederate flag from state government buildings, and for some reason several states want to keep it.
But it feels hypocritical, and a bit ridiculous. The flag stands for a time in history when it was okay to own African Americans as slaves, and nothing that Confederacy flag wavers can say will make this justifiable.
Perhaps they will try to popularize the Confederate flag, but it is not a symbol of America, or even in the states where people live. Why not have indigenous wild animals on the state flags instead? I think this is a better option. A disclaimer: I am from California and I think we have one of the most amazing flags with our grizzly bear as the state emblem.
Also, the irony is many pro-Confederate flag wavers will say America is number one if someone criticizes anything Americans do.
For instance, just look a junk food video on YouTube when someone from outside the US says "Americans eat too much junk food, no wonder they are large" and some American will retort back "Stop saying Americans are fat, we are number one". Perhaps this is a generalization, but it is a bit irksome that in today's social media world some refuse to express their opinions in a rational and even keeled manner. Why does it take a recent tragedy for people to realize how bizarre it is that the Confederate flag should not be waving over state capital?
How would some Americans react to this: Displaying the Union Jack at a State Capital Building.
Hawaii is the exception to the rule with the Union Jack as the canton on a state flag, but can you imagine how outraged some Americans would be if someone suggested the Union Jack be the new state flag in states proposing a change of emblem?
Around the Fourth of July Americans love to get into the anti-British sentiment, and talk about the Revolutionary War but the Revolutionary War was one of a divided American populace, and many families continued to support George III. Also, the American Revolution was like many wars in the past where the affluent tried to get out of fighting, and often had poor people go into battle in their place; this was not a new phenomenon when the wealthy sons dodged the draft during the Vietnam War.
Also, when we studied the American Revolution as kids we never talked about how people who continued to be loyal to the king often had their houses burned down, and they had to flee to Canada.
Loyalist Americans remaining loyal to king and country had to abandon their possessions when the US was recognized as an independent country in 1783. That was one of the downsides to this war. Of course war is never a cheery thing, but it should be pointed out many Americans remained loyal to the crown.
What if there was an American who waxed nostalgic about how the US would be better off we had not broken away from Britain, and still wanted to fly the British flag. I have a feeling people would shout them down. What about their right to freedom of speech. Oh you know this would not go well. However, someone who wants to fly the Confederate flag is able to do this without much criticism in some Southern states, or at least not much until recently.
However, if you ever read about the American Revolution from the British perspective, you will learn it was called the war of American rebellion.
Of course that is not a fact that would be taught in a US history class. Not sure why as I think we should discuss both sides the story. Southerners who erected statues to Jefferson Davis like to tell their side of the story. The movie Gone with The Wind has also romanticized this, but what movies portray the loyalist American position during the Revolutionary War.
The pro-Confederate crowd want us to honor Jefferson Davis these days, and discuss their side of the story but it is getting stale as toast. There were American families who continued to support the British crown after 1783, but they either had to pledge allegiance to the new US, or go to Canada.
Today any American who would say I think we should honor Queen Elizabeth and fly the Union Jack at a state capital would be thought of as silly. However, why is it okay to say Jefferson Davis was a hero, and to fly the Confederate flag? If one would be deemed absurd as a state flag, then so should the other.
At state capital buildings the only flags that should be displayed are the American flag, and a state flag that represents all individuals who live there, or perhaps the indigenous wildlife. The Confederate flag makes a bold and divisive statement that is not encompassing and welcoming. It has not place at a state government. It does not take a national tragedy to know this, by the way. People have talked about this for years.
In the case of Hawaii it was a sovereign nation led by Queen Liliʻuokalani, who was overthrown in 1893. Before that King Kamehameha had flown the British flag as a sign of friendship after a visit from Captain George Vancouver, but he had also flown the American flag. The flag of Hawaii is a combination of both the British and American flags influences, but it has a very different history behind it.
Also, it must be noted that the American Revolution divided the US populace just like the Civil War did, and not everyone rejected George III just because a few wealthy and elite members of the Continental Congress rallied for this. There were Americans who felt it was their duty to support the king, and their story has never been portrayed in US history classes. I first learned about this by reading an American history book written from a British perspective. They are just called sour grapes. Yet we are supposed to validate some pro-Confederates of today, and that rebel cause stood for nothing good.
The point is America is a united nation today so why do we need to fly flags that harken back to a divided past.
In some ways pro-Confederate flag wavers are like desperate ex-boyfriends and girlfriends. You know the ones, those who just cannot let a relationship go. Oh yes you dated that person for two months back in 2003, but you still tell all your friends about it. The pro-Confederate flag group is of this mind-set. It is time to move on. America did in 1865, and you are a bit silly to yearn for a time when leaders would probably not have thought much about you.
If someone would look silly for flying the British flag at a state capital here in the US, the same should be said about anyone wanting to fly the flag of the Confederacy. We do not need to honor that time in history. We need to realize the Confederacy was a failed time that stood for something not so great. If someone thinks the Confederacy is the best thing in the world, then they can paint their car or house to look like that a Confederate flag.
The first amendment gives people the right to parade around town in a Confederate flag shirt. However, it has no place on a state capital building. I am not mesmerized by the heated news frenzy around this, and think we should have taken the balanced approach of getting rid of the Confederate flag years ago when people asked for this in a rational fashion. History is more complicated than a media cycle, but the Confederate flag needs to go.
In the UK people would look bonkers if they wanted to fly the banner of Oliver Cromwell, but for some reason in the US there are people who will tell some good things about their bad habits, like it is okay to fly the Confederate flag.
Not at the state capital, it is not.
I am all for your freedom of speech to wear that thing on a shirt if you must. However, you must know I was turned off by a man driving a big truck back in 1993 who refused to give me the right of way as a pedestrian, and he just happened to be flying a Confederate flag on his truck. I am not going to validate your bad habits by saying these are good. It seems those who want bigoted things want to guilt trip others, and create a sensation about things that are quite simple.
Most people do not support the Confederate flag, and if you need to so dearly, then display it on your own time. The confederacy lost the Civil War, and the flag has no place at state capitals today - simple and done.
Something people in Britain might get, but will go over the heads of the pro-Confederacy crowd.
How would you feel about somebody parading up and down the street with a banner carried by Oliver Cromwell during the English civil war? That is how we should also view people who cling to the Confederate flag like a desperate ex-boyfriend clings to the shirt his ex left behind in 2003; time to take that thing out to the garbage can.
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