Confederate Flag Under Fire

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Confederate Flag Considered Racist

Removal of the Confederate Flag from any location in the Union is likely racist itself. I was born and raised in the deep South. Raised in a deeply rooted Catholic family in Louisiana, racism was totally non-existent in our family.

Most of these people never owned a slave and never gave their lives in the name of slavery or racism. What most don’t know is less than 5 percent of Southerners even owned slaves. But strange as it sounds, many people are convinced the Confederate Flag denotes racism.

Recently, Rush Limbaugh had to remind his listeners it was Democrats who first raised the rebel flag over the Capitol in South Carolina. He also said it was former Democratic Sen. Earnest “Fritz” Hollings, (in 1962), who originally wanted to fly the Confederate flag over the Capitol.”The next flag that will come under assault, and it will not be long, is the American flag,” per Limbaugh on his daily program. “It is gonna happen.”

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H. K. Edgerton often portrays a Confederate artillery sergeant back in 2006.

After the recent murders in a Charleston, SC Black church, the killer’s hope of igniting a race war produced the opposite effect. Blacks and Whites in South Carolina came together to condemn his act and his race hate.

Race-hustlers have no incentive to see our current civil war end. To them this shooting is only an opportunity to escalate the violence. In the wake of the horrible racially-motivated shootings, the debate over the Confederate flag in the United States is at a fever pitch. In much social media and television, some are labeling the flags as racist or hate-filled, while others say they are now merely a symbol of regional pride.

Get Ready For New South

Meanwhile, the old South has already changed. Remember the South has recently elected a woman of Indian ancestry to be governor of South Carolina, and a man of Indian ancestry to be governor of Louisiana, along with many Southern states voting for a Black president.

As Ed Smith says, “I don’t hate the Confederate flag any more than I could hate ‘Old Glory.’ But, it belongs in a MUSEUM, not flying at the courthouse nor waved at public events. It is a valuable part of history past. I think it should be placed there and give this torn nation a chance to heal.”

The Confederate flag was fought under by our ancestors. It did not represent hatred, prejudice or racism. False conclusions by leftists and liberals should not control what happens to a flag. What the Left has said was they really wanted to get rid of ideas and ‘symbols’ they don’t like.

The Confederate Flag isn’t hurting anyone flying over a war memorial. In South Carolina it’s a tribute to the tens of thousands who gave their lives protecting SC, the communities, homes, and families during a massive invasion. Most of these men never owned a slave and weren’t giving their lives in the name of slavery or racism.

For terrible acts committed under a flag, look at what General Sherman did under the American Flag during his march through the South. Some groups have decided the Confederate Flag has its own meaning, but such groups have also pasted the Bible and American Flag the same way. One might as well just pull up ones’ great-great-grandfathers’ headstones who fought in the Civil War and call it a day.

Baldwin May Have Hit A HomeRun

One should click on Chuck Baldwin, who may have opened some eyes on Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. According to Baldwin, the only people in 1861 believing states did NOT have the right to secede, were Lincoln and the radical republicans in the North.

Most of the facts Baldwin referenced in this column were included in a message delivered several years ago by Pastor John Weaver. Read Pastor Weaver’s sermon “The Truth About The Confederate Battle Flag.” Saying Southern states did not have the right to secede from the US, was saying the Thirteen Colonies could not secede from Great Britain.

The Confederate Battle Flag flies the Saint Andrews cross. And, Andrew was the first disciple of Jesus Christ, brother of Simon Peter, and Christian martyr who was crucified on an X-shaped cross. In the 1800s, almost 75 percent of people in the South were either Scotch or Scotch-Irish. The Confederate Battle Flag is affirming the national flag of Scotland. It is a symbol of the Christian faith.

Real Southern History

Blacks never rioted against the Whites of the South. Many Blacks volunteered to fight with their White friends and neighbors in the Confederacy. Unlike northern Blacks, conscripted by Lincoln and forced to fight in segregated units, thousands of Blacks in the South fought of their own free will in the Confederacy.

If one wants to ban a racist flag, one would have had to ban the British flag. Ships bearing the Union Jack shipped over 5 million African slaves to various countries worldwide, including the British colonies in the US. But not one single slave ship flew the Confederate flag.

In July of 2015, in Jackson, Miss., a Black man who often dressed in Confederate regalia to support the state flag died in a one-car accident. Anthony Hervey, 49, was killed Sunday when the 2005 Ford Explorer he was driving left the roadway and overturned on Mississippi Hwy 6 in Lafayette County.

Hervey, of Oxford, had drawn attention over the years for opposing efforts to change the flag. He said he dressed in Rebel soldier garb to honor blacks who served with the Confederacy during the Civil War.

He was often seen wearing the Confederate uniform and waving a Rebel flag on the Oxford square. In a 2001 AP interview after a new state flag design was defeated, Hervey said Mississippians’ support of the flag with a Confederate battle emblem in the corner is akin to “standing up for home.” “This is not racism. This is my heritage,” Hervey said.

H.K. Edgerton is not your regular, politically correct African-American activist, but he’s an Asheville, NC, native. When he stood on the sidewalk in 2008, close to the NAACP office on Patton Avenue, holding aloft a Confederate battle flag, most of the passersby probably thought this was one wacky Black man.

Actually, he’s been a defender of the oppressed, and called attention to what he perceived as injustices in need of a fix. After his 2008 Asheville onslaught, motorists and pedestrians described this unusual protester. Edgerton claims he got the thumbs up from most Blacks and Whites, except for one “ignorant Yankee.”

Almost every act of federal seizure of liberty we are witnessing today, and much of the twentieth century, is the result of Lincoln’s war against the South. Truly, we are living in Lincoln’s America, not Washington and Jefferson’s America.

Per Baldwin, instead of lowering the Confederate flag, we should be raising it. The author agrees with this statement.