Yes, The Confederate Flag Is Racist

While sifting through various, less-than-enlightened corners of the internet, I've heard people claim that what the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia symbolizes is not reprehensible ("Heritage, not Hate", as those folks might say").

First off, let's look at the definition of "Heritage" (courtesy of Dictionary.com):

Something that is handed down from the past, as a tradition.
Second off, let's look at the definition of  "Hate" (also courtesy of Dictionary.com):


Intense dislike; extreme aversion or hostility.
"If only Britain had supported the Southern states in the American Civil War! And what a tragedy that God allowed Germans to put Lincoln firmly in the saddle!" - Hitler, on the Civil War

The meaning of the flag of the Confederate States of America was described by William Thompson (quote in the caption under the flag). In short, the Confederate Flag symbolized hate, and belongs in a museum (instead of on public monuments and such).
"As a people we are fighting to maintain the Heaven-ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race; a white flag would thus be emblematical of our cause." - William Thompson, on what the Confederate Flag stands for

Two Peas In a Pod

Some Neo-Confederates argue that the Confederate Flag and the Nazi Flag are nothing alike. This is hard to say, considering that the designers of both intended them to represent "White Power", or a pseudoscientific belief in "Aryan" genetic superiority. Pictured above (the images on Blogger won't align correctly) is a horrid blend of the Confederate and Nazi flags (picture courtesy of the Augureye Express).

There you have it. The Confederate Flag and Nazi Flag are two peas in the white supremacist pod. Why any self-respecting person continues to defend the Confederate flag is a mystery to me.

Comments

  1. I think the CSA flag has some different symbology as well. For example - count the number of stars. And there was much more to the Civil War than just whether slavery would be legal, tho' that was "the cause" that lured a lot of young Northerners to enlist. I think you'll find that a cotton embargo had a lot to do with it.

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