what do you think of the confederate flag is it racism or history?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I'd have to vote on History.

    My reasoning: The confederate flag was the "national flag" of the Confederate States of America (CSA). Any understanding of American history will show that racism (slavery) was only one of a great many aspects involved in the splitting of the country.

    What most people don't like to dwell on is that the southern states were well within their constitutional rights to divorce themselves from the country. At the time, there were provisions within the Constitution that actually allowed for this to happen.

    Remember, the Civil War started at the battle of Fort Sumter in 1861. In essence, the Civil War was caused when The United States invaded the CSA. The fact that the USA won that war pretty much clouds the fact that they were the aggressors, and were attempting to deprive the CSA of their constitutional freedoms.

    So, while there is at least a little racism in the confederate flag, it is much more a symbol of the South's attempt to be free (much the same way the American flag is a symbol of the USA's freedom). To ban the confederate flag just because of a few racial connections would be the same as banning the American flag today because it symbolizes this country's current apparent racist views agains arabs.

  • 1 decade ago

    History. The confederate flag is Not about racism, or slavery. It was the Southern flag before the war, during the war, and after the war. It was not created by the KKK it was used by the KKK. Not everyone that sports a confederate flag is racist at All. The flag represents the south and the southern way of life. It did not, nor will it represent slavery except by those that use it in that way. There are several black people in my area that have them on there cars because they are southern...

  • 1 decade ago

    I think this is a great question. I too have wondered about this. Being from Alabama and very proud of my heritage I always believed that the flag was a part of history and that it should be treated that way. I never believed it was about racism.

    Of course, I am a white woman who does not have a racist bone in her body. The thing is, there are a lot of people out there that are racist and use the confederate flag to polarize people.

    In my cultural diversity class I got to hear other opinions and now my own thoughts have changed. If one person believes that the confederate flag stands for racsim then we need to have a discussion about it.

    I happen to know a lot of well educated people that do believe that. So, a lot of times perception is reality.

  • 1 decade ago

    Oh its history all right. Its a remnant of a very specific time in American history and its flown to invoke some sort of nostalgia for a lost way of life. Hence the racism. Its a circle. I can't think of any other emblem that represents such an unfortunate situation where everyone lost and no one won. And yet we hang on to it like it is the most precious thing in the world.

    I am indeed southern and not ashamed of it, and white as driven snow, but I have never felt any kinship to the confederate flag. In fact it makes me sad as i think about the economy of the richest nation in the world built on the backs of slaves, the tons of lives lost, young men fighting for both sides, the wayward ideology, and the money spent on keeping a dying way of life hanging on by its last few threads in the wake of the industrial revolution. who needs it?

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  • 1 decade ago

    It is a part of history. There is nothing racists about a flag. It just waves in the wind. Racism would have long ago died if some would allow it to and not keep it in their mind and on TV.

  • 6 years ago

    I am so tired of hearing about this....It's just a flag... get over it already. We all get offended at times but its it really necessary to take down...What about all those racists jokes, should we tell the comedians to stop saying them now. What about the rap songs that put down women should we tell the artists to stop singing them. Get over it already people Move on!!!! There are more important things in the world we should be worried about!!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It is history, unfortunately history has often been fabricated to change a lot of fact behind that flag.

  • 1 decade ago

    even tho i'm african american, i think it's history.

    not only black people are "offended" by the flag for its attachment to slavery, but whites are also offended. The war costs them their Great Great Great Grandparents lives, and it's an insult to them that after all the lives lost for the "better good" that people still waive the flag.

    do you see the Vietnamese flagged waived all over the US? What about the Swastika? You're not going to find these on top of a US Govt building

    There was a civil war...the south lost...the flag goes!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It's history. The war between the states was not fought over slavery like the liberals who have hijacked history want you to beleive. Also, it was a Republican who freed the slaves. Maybe you have heard of him, Abraham Lincoln.

  • 1 decade ago

    It is just a flag that they had in the south during that war. People get offended to easy.

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