Tear Down This Flag

ap photoThis is 150 years overdue.

This crimson background adorned with a blue cross bearing thirteen white stars is known by many names, but for all intents and purposes, it is known today as the Confederate flag.

It represents sate’s rights, tradition and heritage.

More specifically, it represents state’s rights to enslave black men and women and children, a tradition of savage violence and a heritage of racism.

The Confederacy was not founded on the principal of freedom or rebellion against taxation without representation as the United States of America was. The Confederacy was founded on, as Southern statesman Alexander H. Stephens said in his Cornerstone Speech shortly before the Confederacy began the American Civil War by firing on Fort Sumpter, “exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner-stone rests upon, the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition.”

The Confederate flag is a symbol of Southern Honor, which should not be defended, endorsed, or upheld in our nation. Southern Honor is a primitive code of ethical conduct where might makes right, and moral integrity and emotional control are disregarded in favor of valuing those who can best physically and violently dominate other people.

Southern Honor was what Representative Brooks used to justify viciously bludgeoning Senator Sumner within an inch of his life in 1856 after Sumner insulted Brooks. In the same way, the Confederate flag is what millions of racist Americans, Klansmen, lynch mobs, and other domestic terrorists including Dylann Roof, used to justify the centuries-long enslavement, oppression, and murder of countless millions of Americans.

No government agency anywhere in our United States of America should fly this symbol of treason and hatred any more than they should fly the flags of the Khmer Rouge, Rhodesia, North Korea or Nazi Germany.

Tear down this flag.

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