It's simply a gang-rape of rights...

Sunday, June 28, 2015

It's simply a gang-rape of rights...

Rebel Flag

...led by the main stream media intent on becoming a part of the story instead of just reporting the story!

We've seen it too many times, most prominently in recent years with the Trayvon Martin shooting in 2012.

It is visited upon us once again in the aftermath of the murder of nine black church-goers in what police charac­terized as a racial attack at the 199-year-old Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina last week.

Yes, there is the smattering of calls for increased gun-control, but the primary target of the media and what is loosely called "activists" has been the demand to do away with the "stars & bars," a totem of the "Old South" which is actually protected by South Carolina state law.

The reasoning?

Photos of accused murderer Dylann Roof holding the Con­federate flag and driving a black Hyundai with a rebel front license tag.

(Mercifully, outside of some murky comments by President Obama, who shortly thereafter demon­strated that he can't carry a simple tune, there hasn't been a clammoring for sweeping firearm prohibitions.)

But the focus on the Confederate flag is just lunatic piling on... the media outcry has even caused South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to join the herd.

Joining the rush are in­stitutions such as Walmart, Amazon and eBay, as well as the National Cathedral considering replacing stained glass windows with a Confederate theme.

The root of the problem is one of education... the popular belief today is that the entire raison d'être of the American Civil War was about "freeing the slaves," is at best simplistic revisionism.

The old joke about Southerners referring to the horrendous conflict which raged from 1861 to 1865 as "The War of Northern Aggression" isn't really a joke at all... at the center of the struggle was States' Rights.

Just as that old verity states that "Guns don't kill people; people kill people," it should also be self-evident that neither Confederate flags nor rebel license tags kill people, sociopaths kills people.

For the record, I'm a Caucasian, New York City-born sep­tu­agenarian who, 155 years ago, would have rooted for the Union to defeat the Confederacy... but I am empathetic to those who say that the stars 'n' bars is a symbol of their heritage rather than any ancient hatred.


1. Jeanne Speir said...

I wholeheartedly agree that the media decided to identify the Confederate flag as the cause célèbre – clearly, because the insane murderer identified and proudly associated himself with that symbol (probably because he was unable to access a blatant KKK symbol.)

I do wonder immediately after the terrorist deaths of the Reverend/Senator and parishioners why the South Carolina Confederate flag was not placed at half mast. That I find troubling.

Governor Nikki Haley seems perfectly capable of forming her own opinion. Further, she appears politically and humanely astute and flexible enough to realize that retiring the Confederate symbol might assuage the pain of the horrific event in her constituency. Even Lindsey Graham agrees!

Regarding the President's awkward singing? It was received with a quick chortle, then the whole room chimed in to help. That's called healing. There was no tear gas, no angry destruction after his eulogy and hymn.

  1. Are you suggesting that the murderer couldn't sneak into someone's backyard and swipe a white sheet off a clothes line? (He managed to dig up a couple of flag patches of apartheid-era South Africa and Rhodesia.)
  2. Point taken.
  3. Nikki Haley and Lindsey Graham are politicans, is all. Make of their actions what you will, at your peril.
  4. It was painfully awful to listen to, but if that's what kept Charleston from turning into Baltimoe, then good for him.

2. Coach K said...

Fly that thing high at the state house in Columbia. Maybe then, they will stop burning down black churches.

Back in the late '50s, a contemporary of Castilian extract who used to split time between Remsenburg and Miami, used to regularly holler, "Save your Confererate money, the South shall rise again!"

I dunno... mebbe his prediction has half a century later come to fruition.

3. Jackie Bennett said...

I'm not an Obama fan, but I have to say that when he gave that soulful eulogy and then began to sing "Amazing Grace," he touched my heart.

If it's done well, I'm a sucker for that sort of schmaltz... but he hit too many cringe-inducing bad notes for my tastes.

This is how it should be sung, but Scotsman that I am, I prefer pipes above anything else.

4. Hampton West said...

There was a Civil War and the Confederacy used the flag as its symbol. To ban it now is like saying or pretending there never was a Civil War. These things should not be erased from history. I would agree flying the flag over state capitals should be stopped but banning the flag from memorials or cemeteries is going way too far.


5. The Son said...

While I agree that the reason behind the Civil War can't be simply reduced to a fight for/against slavery, I must disagree with your assertion of "revisionist history." The states that seceded filed articles of secession which expressly mentioned slavery as a reason for their departure. To whit:

" increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding States to the institution of slavery, has led to a disregard of their obligations...." - South Carolina

...and right off the top of Mississippi's declaration:

"Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery – the greatest material interest of the world."
Georgia named slavery in the second sentence of its declaration, etc, etc.

Yes, there were other reasons that the Civil War was fought including protecting the rights of individual states. Sadly, the central issue that the South was championing was the right to enslave other human beings.
What am I to say in the face of such impressive historical research?

6. Dirk Pitt said...

The Civil War was essentially about states' rights. The Lincoln election clearly stated that he would oppose the expansion of slavery into new territory. But the 'peculiar institution' while recognized in the Constitution struck at the heart of all Southern states. They would lose representation in the House while Northern states would gain and thus any influence in Congress. Northern factory owners sorta liked slavery in that the slaves produced cotton for their mills at a low price while the Southerners provided a market for their inflated goods. Had the war simply been about slavery, the Emancipation would have been issued in April 1861 and not in 1863. US Generals Grant, Sheridan and Sherman kept their slaves until December 1865 – months after the war ended and years after the Emancipation. CSA General Robert E. Lee freed his slaves in December 1862 – before the Emancipation and years before the war ended. Union occupation called Reconstruction seized his property and turned it into a cemetery, now called Arlington. The Confederate Battle Flag or Southern Cross didn't shoot those in the Emanuel AME Church – a lunatic did. The victor writes the history books and northern versions of the Civil War have abounded and they err. The KKK marched on Washington, D.C. and carried the US Stars and Stripes, not the Southern Cross. The deranged individual who bought the General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard only ended up decreasing the value of the automobile. He tried to change history. Will there be a re-write of "Gone With the Wind?" Does anyone know how much taxes increased due to the Affordable Care Act? Look at the real issues and not the free bread and circuses provided by the state media.

Some of us see this more clearly than others.

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