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ghostdunk:

shaggy-2-cape:

the-unpopular-opinions:

This flag (that’s the confederate flag for those that don’t know) is not racist.
Let me explain:
Yes, the flag represented the South during the Civil War
Yes, the South was on the wrong side of the war
The South knows they were on the wrong side
Southerners would laugh in your face if you suggested that they wanted to bring slavery back
Now, the flag is just a representation of southern pride (non-related to the war)
Reasons someone would own a confederate flag:
They’re a history buff who likes to collect Civil War items
They’re from the South and proud of it
They had ancestors in the Confederacy
They do Civil War reenactments
There is nothing wrong with owning one of these flags. It means “I’m from the South and proud of it.” It no longer has any relation to slavery and, as it’s a flag, is not oppressing anyone.
To suggest otherwise is nothing but ignorance.

id normally say you dont know what ‘ignorance’ means, but reading this again made me realize i wouldnt know if i was right or wrong

It doesn’t matter if it’s meant as a symbol of slavery or not. (Side note:to say that northerners think the flag is a symbol to bring back slavery is in itself a strawman and distracts from real racism. But to continue….) It doesn’t matter if it’s meant as a symbol of racism or not. It often is, and I suspect that many of those same laughing Southerners have a problem with rap music and the welfare queens in the projects votin’ fer Obama to steal their taxes.
I knew a lot of kids in high school that weren’t very racist (a lot of them were) that displayed those flags as a sign of general rebellion. I know some of them weren’t bad people.
That’s all beside the point. The point is that the flag is a symbol of oppression, because it’s the symbol of a nation that was created solely to keep owning people as property. A black person would be justified in feeling disrespected, hated, or even fearful for their safety. You don’t get to decide how other people interpret your actions. And in cases where people are justified in feeling disrespected because of your actions, you have an obligation to change those actions.
Story time: I had a friend in college who is a huge lefty, way more so than myself. He used to wear a hat with a hammer and sickle on it ironically, because he was for a more socialist society, but he wasn’t a Communist. If you asked him if he wanted to bring back the Soviet Union, he would laugh in your face.
Then one day he met someone from someplace in Eastern Europe that had been a part of the Soviet Union. He explained to my friend that the symbol of the hammer and sickle to him represented incredible oppression, devastation, and death by the hand of the Soviet government. That no matter how jokingly he meant to be wearing that hat, to him, it was a symbol of the government that hurt his own family.
He hasn’t worn that hat in the 12 years since.
So if you have friends that still love rocking the Rebel flag, let them know that, in this case, they are the ones who are ignorant.

ghostdunk:

shaggy-2-cape:

the-unpopular-opinions:

This flag (that’s the confederate flag for those that don’t know) is not racist.

Let me explain:

  • Yes, the flag represented the South during the Civil War
  • Yes, the South was on the wrong side of the war
  • The South knows they were on the wrong side
  • Southerners would laugh in your face if you suggested that they wanted to bring slavery back
  • Now, the flag is just a representation of southern pride (non-related to the war)

Reasons someone would own a confederate flag:

  • They’re a history buff who likes to collect Civil War items
  • They’re from the South and proud of it
  • They had ancestors in the Confederacy
  • They do Civil War reenactments

There is nothing wrong with owning one of these flags. It means “I’m from the South and proud of it.” It no longer has any relation to slavery and, as it’s a flag, is not oppressing anyone.

To suggest otherwise is nothing but ignorance.

id normally say you dont know what ‘ignorance’ means, but reading this again made me realize i wouldnt know if i was right or wrong

It doesn’t matter if it’s meant as a symbol of slavery or not. (Side note:to say that northerners think the flag is a symbol to bring back slavery is in itself a strawman and distracts from real racism. But to continue….) It doesn’t matter if it’s meant as a symbol of racism or not. It often is, and I suspect that many of those same laughing Southerners have a problem with rap music and the welfare queens in the projects votin’ fer Obama to steal their taxes.

I knew a lot of kids in high school that weren’t very racist (a lot of them were) that displayed those flags as a sign of general rebellion. I know some of them weren’t bad people.

That’s all beside the point. The point is that the flag is a symbol of oppression, because it’s the symbol of a nation that was created solely to keep owning people as property. A black person would be justified in feeling disrespected, hated, or even fearful for their safety. You don’t get to decide how other people interpret your actions. And in cases where people are justified in feeling disrespected because of your actions, you have an obligation to change those actions.

Story time: I had a friend in college who is a huge lefty, way more so than myself. He used to wear a hat with a hammer and sickle on it ironically, because he was for a more socialist society, but he wasn’t a Communist. If you asked him if he wanted to bring back the Soviet Union, he would laugh in your face.

Then one day he met someone from someplace in Eastern Europe that had been a part of the Soviet Union. He explained to my friend that the symbol of the hammer and sickle to him represented incredible oppression, devastation, and death by the hand of the Soviet government. That no matter how jokingly he meant to be wearing that hat, to him, it was a symbol of the government that hurt his own family.

He hasn’t worn that hat in the 12 years since.

So if you have friends that still love rocking the Rebel flag, let them know that, in this case, they are the ones who are ignorant.