joe asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 4 years ago

Is the confederate flag racist?

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  • 4 years ago
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    As an inanimate object it can't hold opinions on people.

    Kidding aside, the Confederate flag is the symbol of the Confederacy.

    What was the Confederacy about? A few things but one of the big ones... well I think it's best to hear it in their own words. According to Alexander Stephens, the VICE PRESIDENT of the Confederated States of America...

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    But not to be tedious in enumerating the numerous changes for the better, allow me to allude to one other though last, not least. The new constitution has put at rest, forever, all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institution African slavery as it exists amongst us the proper status of the ***** in our form of civilization. This was the immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution. Jefferson in his forecast, had anticipated this, as the "rock upon which the old Union would split." He was right. What was conjecture with him, is now a realized fact. But whether he fully comprehended the great truth upon which that rock stood and stands, may be doubted. The prevailing ideas entertained by him and most of the leading statesmen at the time of the formation of the old constitution, were that the enslavement of the African was in violation of the laws of nature; that it was wrong in principle, socially, morally, and politically. It was an evil they knew not well how to deal with, but the general opinion of the men of that day was that, somehow or other in the order of Providence, the institution would be evanescent and pass away. This idea, though not incorporated in the constitution, was the prevailing idea at that time. The constitution, it is true, secured every essential guarantee to the institution while it should last, and hence no argument can be justly urged against the constitutional guarantees thus secured, because of the common sentiment of the day.

    Those ideas, however, were fundamentally wrong. They rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error. It was a sandy foundation, and the government built upon it fell when the "storm came and the wind blew." Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner-stone rests, upon the great truth that the ***** is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth. This truth has been slow in the process of its development, like all other truths in the various departments of science. It has been so even amongst us. Many who hear me, perhaps, can recollect well, that this truth was not generally admitted, even within their day. The errors of the past generation still clung to many as late as twenty years ago. Those at the North, who still cling to these errors, with a zeal above knowledge, we justly denominate fanatics. All fanaticism springs from an aberration of the mind from a defect in reasoning. It is a species of insanity. One of the most striking characteristics of insanity, in many instances, is forming correct conclusions from fancied or erroneous premises; so with the anti-slavery fanatics. Their conclusions are right if their premises were. They assume that the ***** is equal, and hence conclude that he is entitled to equal privileges and rights with the white man. If their premises were correct, their conclusions would be logical and just but their premise being wrong, their whole argument fails. I recollect once of having heard a gentleman from one of the northern States, of great power and ability, announce in the House of Representatives, with imposing effect, that we of the South would be compelled, ultimately, to yield upon this subject of slavery, that it was as impossible to war successfully against a principle in politics, as it was in physics or mechanics. That the principle would ultimately prevail. That we, in maintaining slavery as it exists with us, were warring against a principle, a principle founded in nature, the principle of the equality of men. The reply I made to him was, that upon his own grounds, we should, ultimately, succeed, and that he and his associates, in this crusade against our institutions, would ultimately fail. The truth announced, that it was as impossible to war successfully against a principle in politics as it was in physics and mechanics, I admitted; but told him that it was he, and those acting with him, who were warring against a principle. They were attempting to make things equal which the Creator had made unequal.

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    So, yeah, the flag represents some thing REALLY racist.

  • alan
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    No it is not, only an idiot would think SO.

  • 4 years ago

    A flag is just a piece of cloth, a pattern of shapes and colors. That can't be racist. But racists have picked it as a symbol. The Stars and Bars was not really the flag of the CSA, it was the battle flag of one particular unit in northern Virginia. It wasn't widely used during the Civil War as a symbol of the Confederacy. In fact it appeared in 1962, not 1862, as a reaction to looming Civil Rights legislation. It was part of an (unsuccessful) attempt to defend racial segregation and Jim Crow laws as part of the 'Southern culture'.

    Years ago it was only blacks that found it offensive. Today so many people find it offensive that southern states themselves have decided to remove it!

    Several states in the US have large concentrations of people whose ancestors came from Germany. Wisconsin and Texas in particular. Some of these German-Americans still hold onto some of their German culture even after 3 or 4 generations. Lager beer, for instance, or bratwurst in Wisconsin. Imagine if these people decided they had a right to display the swastika because it was an inherent part of proud German culture! Even though their forebears came to the US long before the Nazi period! "It's not a sign of conquest or racism or aggression," they would insist, "It's part of our proud Germanic culture!" That's about how the argument over the Stars & Bars sounds.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Yes, if you cannot fly the american flag you are not american and if you fly the confederate flag you are a racist.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Damn sure is not racist. Only those that make it out to be are.

  • Justin
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    the flag itself isn't racist, it is what is represents. And it represents it so much so that the KKK uses it. You don't see Germans waving around the Nazi flag claiming "it is a part of our history! it's not racist!!!"

  • The president of the confederate states stated that the main reason for seceding was the right to own people. However conservatives seem to know more than him.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    The flag itself isn't. But several racist groups have adopted it as their symbol.

    Similar to how the Nazis adopted the Swastika (a religious symbol for peace and prosperity).

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Confederate flag should be the official US flag

    Source(s): Murica
  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    No.

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