Believe it or not but I have been called a racist simply because I have the ‘stars and bars’ on my car and on Facebook. I find it interesting when the character of a person can be judged by a thing. Usually these self-righteous pee brains go running to the argument of the swastika. First of all I am not one to be playing around with where the swastika is concerned because I had an uncle who was in the units who liberated the camps and saw what the swastika stood for during WWII and my father was in the Pacific theater and also knew what would happen to the world if the swastika and Japanese imperialism was not defeated. There is no remote connection between the swastika and the ‘stars and bars’. A simple bit of individual research would be extremely helpful to these semi-experts who think that if they push harder on topics that they are supposed to know more than the average person. Another point that the experts forget about is that there were many Confederate flags.
Those who want to scream that anything to do with the Confederacy is racist have no concept of history and the Confederacy. There were many blacks who willingly and proudly fought under the various Confederate flags. I am of Cherokee decent and there were many Native Americans who fought under a Confederate flag. My particular tribe was originally denied federal recognition as a tribe solely because the tribal leader was a general in the Confederate army. We are still trying to get federal recognition since shortly after that denial Congress basically closed the door to tribal recognition apart from a long and drawn out process with mounts of paperwork.
A little bit of history regarding the ‘stars and bars’ would go a long way for the ‘experts’. The Confederate flag referred to as the ‘stars and bars’ goes back to the Scottish flag. This, in turn, goes back to the St. Peter’s cross because St. Peter was supposed to have been crucified upside down on an ‘X’ shaped cross. It is a symbol of courage, steadfastness, determination, and a willingness to stand or die for one’s beliefs. It has nothing to do with racism. I doubt most highly that any Jew ever willingly fought or defended the swastika but many blacks were proud to wear the Southern Gray.
It would also be nice if these experts did a little research into the Civil War. Slavery was not the primary cause of the Civil War. The North and the money people were concerned about the South seceding from the Union. The federal government was getting more and more demanding in what was expected or demanded from the States and the South valued the idea of State’s sovereignty so they left the Union as opposed to just doing as a federal government expected. With the South leaving the Union many of the money people were concerned about the sea ports which were largely located in the South. They knew that people would not want war over sea ports so they took some of the abuses of slavery which were happening in the South and amplified them to get the emotions of the people behind the idea of a now noble war. It must be kept in mind that many of these abuses did not happen. Many slaves were treated as family and did not want to leave after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. In reality there were very little differences going on between the black slaves in the South and the child labor and immigrant labor which was going on in the North. Additionally, it might be notable to include that there were black slave owners and many black well to do business men. Being black in the South did not automatically mean you were sold and beaten.
If anyone or anything is to be blamed for the abuses done to the blacks in the south it is neither the ‘stars and bars’ nor the Confederacy which should be held responsible. It is ironic that many who are screaming racism the loudest belong to the very group that amplified the anti-black movements of the South; the Democrat party. Prior to the infiltration by various trouble seeking Democrats after the Civil War, the Klu Klux Klan actually had black members. This is a point of history that can be easily researched. After the trouble makers infiltrated the organization was when it became a domestic terrorist group. The Democrats or the ‘Dixie crates’ as they were called worked hard to keep the black from becoming an American, have the right to vote, or to have their babies seen as Americans (yes, that is where the 14th amendment comes from and not from Mexico. It is also worth noting here that many who came to America through Ellis Island and had babies were never given immediate citizenship). If anything is to be seen as a symbol of racism it is not the ‘stars and bars’ but rather that dag burn donkey!