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2015-07-10

GMoney America 2 hours ago
the northern united states have had an enemy state on it’s southern border for 150 years. taking advantage of the kindness and generosity of the north, with malice toward none, with charity for all, the south viewed this gesture as weakness and continued to express their fundamental assumption of racism and white supremacy through the sabotage of reconstruction, jim crow, separate but equal, state’s rights, lost cause myths, and a false narrative of heritage and tradition. the removal of this powerful symbol of southern confederate mythology is an enormous step in ridding the country of this cancer. look at how desperately not only hard core southerners but even elected officials are resisting this decision. i didn’t forsee this when the nine church members were gunned down but the situation has taken on a life of it’s own and the momentum is sweeping through areas not anticipated when the first calls for the removal of the flag were made, such as cemeteries, gift shops, and even nascar. the systemic ugliness of this mentality has been exposed and the view is shocking. it’s as if the country has been awakened from a dream or a trance and suddenly the question is “how could this have been allowed to exist?”. it has been 150 years. time to rid the country of all traces of this poison in our body politic.

via Republicans Yield as Confederate Flag Issue Roils Congress – The New York Times.

This comment appeared on an article about a bill that would have allowed Confederate flags at National Cemeteries.  Clearly this bill is not politically appropriate at a time when the South Carolina Legislature approved by a two thirds margin the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the Capitol, and the governor signed the bill immediately.  This was seen as a reacation to the shooting of nine black church members by Dylan Roof, who walked in to a church Bible study meeting, sat there for an hour, and then stood up and opened fire on the group, killing several pastors and a member of the State Legislature.

The situation is reminiscent of what happened in Germany after WW II– the display of the Nazi swastika was outlawed everywhere– even in movies or posters.  Why was the Confederate flag allowed after the Civil War?  Why was it resurrected at the time of the Civil Rights movement?  Because there are a lot of unreconstructed racists in this country, and a lot of people who look back on slavery with nostalgia.

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