Sunday Blog: Is the Confederate Flag controversy really about racism?

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Report Reply 0 replies · active 267 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Guest · 267 weeks ago Where can I buy a one. Report Reply 0 replies · active 267 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Larry · 267 weeks ago My problem what will they go after next that they are not happy with. It is a slippery slope and they will not be happy until they ruin this country. Report Reply 1 reply · active 267 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Nothing to see here · 267 weeks ago I love the “tell me where I can buy one” crowd. The person that is that passionate and attached to a flag yet completely dismisses someone else’s perspective as if it’s childish and petty. I’ve heard Caucasian males cry reverse discrimination for a decade and have always invited them to spend a day in a black man or any race of woman’s shoes. Man, it must be a horrible existence being a privileged white man in America. Oh the horror. Report Reply 1 reply · active 267 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Rodney King · 267 weeks ago Why can’t we all just get along? Report Reply 0 replies · active 267 weeks ago +17 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 267 weeks ago I decided early in life there are certain things i would rather not look at again. For instance, mangled bodies in a car accident. So, i try to not look unless i have to. Now, if one has a rainbow sticker or flag, they’re labeled. A flag is merely an emblem, a sign. You don’t have to look. And no twist of the senses can deny you the sweet smell of success in life through hard work and prudent choice. Ive fallen, made mistakes and felt disenfranchised, mad and wanting to blame somebody or something. In the end, the answer is always the same: its not about what needs to be changed in the world to suit me, its how *I* needed to change and adapt to it. Pull up your bootstraps, dust yourself off, and succeed on your own merit. We arent entitled to anything and if you dont like something, dont look. Character, grace, and effort are a formidable combination. Report Reply 1 reply · active 267 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 267 weeks ago Gee, I wonder how Wellington citizens will react to this article. (Just kidding, I already know) Report Reply 2 replies · active 267 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down SuCoPride · 267 weeks ago I love how everyone is crying about their free speech being violated. No one is saying you can’t display this flag proudly at your home, or on your car, or on your hat, or that tacky t-shirt…etc. You are free to do so as you please. They are simply asking that it not be flown in official purposes for the state/nation, and I think that is the sound decision. Whether it means this to you or not, for many it has become a symbol of hate, and it is used in such a manner. I’ve always found it odd that the flag of the defeated has been flown in any official capacity at all. Yes, it has a historical significance, but in my opinion it has no CURRENT significance. Report Reply 2 replies · active 266 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Deanne · 267 weeks ago SuCoPride, then why is the Gettysburg Civil War Museum no longer carry items that only depict the Confederate flag by itself, for Heavens sake it is a part of the CIVIL WAR, can’t change history. You can buy nazi flags but not one that is part of American history. I find the rainbow flag offensive, what are the chances of banning that one? Report Reply 1 reply · active 267 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Commentary by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — I remember the flag controversy in South Carolina in 1995. There was a strong debate about taking the  Confederate Flag off the top of the statehouse. The flag had been put up there in the 1960s as part of a celebration of some kind. There were people who wanted it to come down because it had become a symbol of racism, while others wanted it to stay as a symbol of heritage.James JordanBy that time I had lived in Columbia, S.C. a couple of years, and to that point had never noticed the flag up there. It was rather small and up very high, so unless you were looking for it, you would not notice it in most cases. But it did become a point of contention.The thing I remember most is the debate itself. For the most part people made their arguments, and eventually a compromise of moving it to the statehouse grounds was reached.Also during that time, both sides held a rally on the statehouse grounds, at the same time on the same day. At one end were flag supporters, what many would call rednecks, proudly displaying their flag. At the other end were those that wanted the flag down, and a good majority of those were black people.There was some concern among law enforcement, and they were plenty around just in case things got too testy, but both sides were on their best behavior. Both sides had speakers, music and all the rest. I also watched at the edges, where the two sides were close together, and both sides went out of their way to avoid problems.I am a southerner, but I have never really understood the flag. Growing up, it was just a flag that meant rebelliousness, and nothing more. It was really kind of a joke.But later on I did learn it was offensive to some people. I did understand the debate. There is the idea of preserving history, and the war between the states was about more than slavery. The bottom line to me was that it was offensive to a large section of the population, and therefore it should come off the state capitol.I am not sure that helped with the problem of racism at all. In some ways I think we were better back then at working things out than we are now. I’m not sure two sides on any issue could hold a rally side by side at the same time and not have it get violent. That is where we have come in 20 years.There was the shooting in Charleston last week that was horrible. It was racially motivated and shows that racism can rear its ugly head anywhere at any time.Some want to use it to create gun control, while others want to use it as a reason to get more guns. One presidential candidate blamed the victims for voting against a bill that would have allowed guns in churches in South Carolina. One of the dead was a state representative. Still others wanted to use the event to promote the idea that Christians are under attack, even though the shooting had nothing to do with religion.But plenty of people are talking about taking the flag down, and some are even blasting things like civil war re-enactments, which have nothing to do with race at all.Yet no one is really talking about the real problem of racism.Where is the voice of reason in all this?Have we deteriorated that much since 1995?I don’t see our society dealing with racism. I see people trying to use it for political purposes which makes this tragedy even worse.———Jordan is staff writer for Sumner Newscow… This article was first published in the examiner.com… http://www.examiner.com/article/flag-issue-misses-the-point-charleston-shootingFollow us on Twitter.last_img

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