Why Fly the Confederate Flag?

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Ask the White Guy Luke ViscontiQuestion:
I live in a small suburb of Kansas City, Mo. I have noticed more frequently that individuals in the area have confederate flag bumper stickers, flags hanging as windows, etc. What’s the deal?

I find the flag very offensive. If people claim it’s a part of history—I can’t deny that it was, but it WAS a very horrid part of U.S. history that hatefully divided the country and families on the very foundations they were built on. It wasn’t only about remaining economically independent of the North but the extreme moral debates on slavery. What’s the deal?

Answer:
About 600,000 people died in the Civil War. In proportion to today’s population, that is like 3.5 million Americans dying today.

The Confederate Flag came to symbolize resistance to the Civil Rights Movement in the late 1950s. For example, the state of Georgia incorporated the Battle Flag in its state flag in 1956 (and removed it in 2001). In my opinion, it is widely used today to rally people who think alike. When I see it, I understand exactly what the person is trying to say.

 

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  • Anonymous

    Fly the flag after you have figured out the true reasons for the civil war. If the confederate flag is a flag of slavery then so is the american flag. The stain of slavery was transfered from the American flag onto the confederate flag by many ignorant, politiacally correct people. Racist groups have hijacked the confederate flag and use it in parades and gatherings, they also display the American flag and the Christian cross. Should we stop displaying them too? Everyone should study the civil war and the true causes.

  • Anonymous

    To the poster above. What is the sense of flying it? Unlike the Confederate Flag the American flag has come to represent 224-years wort of positive aspects about our lives and culture even if it has been stained by certain unfortunate events. By flying a Confederate Flag what exactly are you representing other than racism?

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