Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The Confederate flag and 21 year old “Dylann Roof” makes changes or is that excuses?
How silly you sheep have become…
We had one. It was called the Civil War which was anything but civil. Many many thousands of Whites died to free the slaves. With the NAACP current behavior I can understand many thinking it was a mistake.
Can anyone comment on the resurgence of this flag in the 40s, 50s, and 60s and what it represented then?
Please remember the following;
A slave never entered a port under the Confederate flag.
The Southern states left the union because of duties and taxes raised against them.
You have never seen a letter where a Southern solder said he was in the fight to Keep the slaves on the farm
The south was invaded by the north, we were protecting our state, homes, and families.
There were 6 slave states left in the union, so if it was about slavery??
Slavery existed on the north after the Confederate Army’s surrendered.
The Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery (during the Civil War) only in states that were Confederate-controlled. This did not apply to states that were once again under the control of the Union. Lincoln freed the slaves in these states as a way to weaken the states. This was a strategic move. Not until after the Civil War was the ratification of the 13th Amendment.
As for “You have never seen a letter where a Southern sold[i]er said he was in the fight to keep the slaves on the far,” just like today, Southern people, Republicans as many of us are, strive to better ourselves. At that time, the majority of people did not own slaves, but there were farmers striving to be be able to afford slaves. The North states had abolished slavery in some states and progress was being made. Their views of the South were negative due to the South’s wealthy, booming agricultural society, driven by slave labor. But there were letters, indeed. There were official letters listing slave labor as a primary reason for secession of the Union. Read them!
“The people of Georgia having dissolved their political connection with the Government of the United States of America, present to their confederates and the world the causes which have led to the separation. For the last ten years we have had numerous and serious causes of complaint against our non-slave-holding confederate States with reference to the subject of African slavery.”
“Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery– the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun. These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization. That blow has been long aimed at the institution, and was at the point of reaching its consummation. There was no choice left us but submission to the mandates of abolition, or a dissolution of the Union, whose principles had been subverted to work out our ruin. That we do not overstate the dangers to our institution, a reference to a few facts will sufficiently prove.”
“The people of the State of South Carolina, in Convention assembled, on the 26th day of April, A.D., 1852, declared that the frequent violations of the Constitution of the United States, by the Federal Government, and its encroachments upon the reserved rights of the States, fully justified this State in then withdrawing from the Federal Union; but in deference to the opinions and wishes of the other slaveholding States, she forbore at that time to exercise this right. Since that time, these encroachments have continued to increase, and further forbearance ceases to be a virtue.”
“Texas abandoned her separate national existence and consented to become one of the Confederated Union to promote her welfare, insure domestic tranquility and secure more substantially the blessings of peace and liberty to her people. She was received into the confederacy with her own constitution, under the guarantee of the federal constitution and the compact of annexation, that she should enjoy these blessings. She was received as a commonwealth holding, maintaining and protecting the institution known as negro slavery– the servitude of the African to the white race within her limits– a relation that had existed from the first settlement of her wilderness by the white race, and which her people intended should exist in all future time. Her institutions and geographical position established the strongest ties between her and other slave-holding States of the confederacy. Those ties have been strengthened by association. But what has been the course of the government of the United States, and of the people and authorities of the non-slave-holding States, since our connection with them?”
REMOVAL OF THE CONFEDERATE FLAG IS NOT THE ANSWER!
Removal of hatred within society is! Southerners fly the flag to celebrate their heritage, just the same as Black Americans or those of the LGBT community celebrate there’s. THE USA is a Melting Pot and we are the greatest country in the world because of it. BUT WE MUST do a better job with understanding of how the citizens of such a diverse country celebrate their respective heritage. We should not deprive anyone of celebrating their heritage. WE ARE ALL GOD’S CHILDREN!
Following the massacre in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday in which a gunman shot and killed nine people attending bible study at a historic black church, the Confederate battle flag — also called the rebel flag, the southern cross and the Dixie flag — has been the subject of contentious debate.
The Confederate battle flag was never the official flag of the Confederacy.
The Confederate States of America went through three different flags during the Civil War, but the battle flag wasn’t one of them. Instead, the flag that most people associate with the Confederacy was the battle flag of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.
Designed by the Confederate politician William Porcher Miles, the flag was rejected for use as the Confederacy’s official emblem, although it was incorporated into the two later flags as a canton. It only came to be the flag most prominently associated with the Confederacy after the South lost the war.
The flag is divisive, but most Americans may not care.
Roughly one in ten Americans feels positively when they see the Confederate flag displayed, according to a 2011 Pew Research Center poll. The same study showed that 30 percent of Americans reported a negative reaction to seeing the flag on display.
But the majority, 58 percent, reported feeling neither positive nor negative. The poll also showed that African-Americans, Democrats and the highly educated were more likely to perceive the flag negatively.
The flag began to take on a new significance in the 20th century.
In the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, the battle flag was used mostly at veterans’ events and to commemorate fallen Confederate soldiers. The flag took on new associations in the 1940s, when it began to appear more frequently in contexts unrelated to the Civil War, such as University of Mississippi football games.
In 1948, the newly-formed segregationist Dixiecrat party adopted the flag as a symbol of resistance to the federal government. In the years that followed, the battle flag became an important part of segregationist symbolism, and was featured prominently on the 1956 redesign of Georgia’s state flag, a legislative decision that was likely at least partly a response to the Supreme Court’s decision to desegregate school two years earlier. The flag has also been used by the Ku Klux Klan, though it is not the Klan’s official flag.
The design of a proposed “Sons of the Confederacy” Texas state license plate is shown in this handout illustration provided by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles March 20, 2015. Photo from Department of Motor Vehicles.
The Supreme Court recently ruled that Texas could refuse to issue Confederate flag specialty license plates.
In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled against the nonprofit Sons of Confederate Veterans in Texas. The group had applied to create a specialty license plate that featured the battle flag and argued that Texas’s licensing board violated their First Amendment rights by denying the application. Although the ruling came the day after the massacre in Charleston, the court heard arguments in the case in March.
The NAACP has long led a boycott against South Carolina because of the battle flag on display at the capitol.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has led an economic boycott of South Carolina for years. In 2000, activists managed to have the flag moved from the dome of the capitol building to a memorial to Confederate soldiers nearby on the Statehouse grounds, but the boycott remains in effect.
Two days after the Charleston shooting, NAACP President Cornell Brooks reiterated the demand that South Carolina remove the flag.
“One of the ways we can bring that flag down is by writing to companies, engaging companies that are thinking about doing business in South Carolina, speaking to the governor, speaking to the legislature and saying the flag has to come down,” Brooks said, according to the Charleston City Paper.
The NCAA also has a partial ban on sporting events in South Carolina because of the state’s decision to display the flag.
The U.S. flag and South Carolina state flag flies at half staff to honor the nine people killed in the Charleston murders as the confederate battle flag also flies on the grounds of the South Carolina State House in Columbia, SC June 20, 2015.
The battle flag on South Carolina statehouse grounds can’t be lowered.
Although the American flag and South Carolina state flag were lowered in mourning for the victims of the church shooting, the Confederate flag on display at the statehouse was not, because it is affixed to the flag pole and cannot be lowered, it can only be removed.
Five Southern states have legal protection for the flag, but California bans it.
Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina and Louisiana all have laws on the books that ban desecration of the Confederate flag. The laws are unenforceable, though, because the Supreme Court has ruled that desecrating a flag is protected by the First Amendment.
California passed a bill in 2014 that banned the state government from displaying or selling merchandise bearing the Confederate flag.
Mississippi is the only state whose flag still features the battle flag.
Mississippi is the only state whose flag still contains the confederate flag since Georgia changed its flag in 2003. In a statewide referendum in 2001, Mississippians voted 2-to-1 in favor of keeping the flag, which features the Confederate emblem as a canton in the top left corner.
More diversion by our august moronic media. It’s not the Confederate States Flag, it’s the battle flag of the Army of Norther Virginia. Investigative journalism is long dead.
It’s a flag..leave it lone its history..if you ban this then you should ban pictures of Martin Luther queen!