Confederate Flag, definetly.
Lets go over some basic history. The Confederate flag is the flag of the former C.S.A. that split off from the Union and started the American Civil War. The Civil War was fought for one reason the issue of Slavery could not be resolved subsequently this was also a states rights issue because the south wanted popular sovereignty which would allow new states to decide if Slavery was to be legal. When people try to say the Civil War was fought over States Rights tell them "Yes, and that State's Rights issue was Slavery" also be quick to remind them that the confederacy voluntarily left the union just as they voluntarily entered the union. Which is fine, except for the fact that they chose to attack the U.S. The Union did not just stomp down an independant nation they were invaded and fought back crippling their attackers. Had Lincoln chosen to stomp out the confederacy immediately he would have failed because border states that had not left the union would have joined the Confederacy turning the tide of the war. Also, regarding the issue of slavery only rich whites could afford slaves and the rich who could afford slaves did not fight. So ironically, the hard working southerners fought so that the rich southern aristocrats could keep their slaves. This concept is best sumed up by a southern man named Hinton Rowan Helper in the book "The Impending Crisis of the South" Which, I highly sugguest people to read to better understand the Civil War and slavery.
Also, the self-proclaimed rednecks that dawn such Confederate flags don't understand the origin of the word. "Redneck" being traced back to the poor southerners of the Appalachia. The poor Appalachian people did not generally support slavery or the idea of the Confederacy. And may I point out the word was popularized by the West Virginia Coal Miners in the Battle of Blair Mountain who were trying to unionize. So any anti-union proud southern conservatives, libertarians, or republicans should understand your history.
The Civil War and the failure of the abolition of slavery to come sooner are regarded as some of the biggest mistakes in American Histoy by historians. The Confederate flag has come to represent racism and ignorance in the U.S.
On the other hand...
Ernesto "Che" Guevara was born into a wealthy family in Rosario, Argentina. He became a doctor choosing to dedicate his life to medicine after his grandmother died. Later, in life he gave up the money of his parents and traveled across South America essentially penny-less. He witnesseded extreme poverty and exploitation of resources by large foreign corporations (motorcycle diaries). He was changed by the poverty he saw and chose to dedicate his life to fixing it by supporting a political party (communist) that was commited to advance workers. In Cuba he helped Fidel Castro overthrow the ruthless american funded dictatorship of Batista. The revolution only was succesful with the help of many working peasants who saw hope in him. Che fought for the working class. Later in his life, he traveled to the Congo and was remarked as very nice to the blacks treating them as equals. His death in Bolivia came with American support not the outcry of the working Bolivian people. Che is regarded as a hero across South America.
You dont have to like Che Guevara but know the facts about the Confederate flag and its true nature as well as the facts regarding Che.
I'm an intelligent 16 year old kid that wears Che shirts, reads books and is in an AP U.S. History Class.
· 10 years ago