The article, “Confederate Flag Removed from Statehouse Grounds” portrays the pride that many South Carolinians felt from the Confederate flag being flown. The Confederate flag being flown was not symbolic of hate for black American citizens. The flag is a symbol of heritage and history for many southern Americans because their ancestors fought in the Confederate
Racism may be a part of the flag, but other ideology can be as well. As stated earlier, a survey supported that the American public view the flag not only as something that supports hatred but also pride. Pride in being a southerner, pride in being an American and also pride in one’s heritage. During the early 1950’s there was a confederate flag fad and during this time they outsold U.S. flags all over the country. Flags were being waved at school sporting events, parades, used for political purposes and this was not restricted to the southern states.
The confederate flag is immediately recognizable in the back window of a pickup truck or portrayed on the t-shirt for Lynrd Skynrd and Credence Clearwater, but has come under stark criticism. The argument is a multi-faceted assault, by, both restricting first amendment rights of free speech, restricting a symbol of southern heritage, and a person’s right not to feel threatened by an assumed racist epithet. It is a simple piece of fabric, the red and blue Southern Cross, which divides a nation much as it did 150 years ago when it symbolized the fight against oppressive laws. Many believe that the Confederate Flag is representative of the patriots who were willing to sacrifice their lives to protect the nation and individual rights the founding fathers envisioned, however today, liberals and minorities have made the claim, the confederate flag is racist rather than a simple symbol of southern pride.
The official policy of the U. S. government was to leave stars representing the seceded Confederate states on its flag. Eventually, the "Stars and Bars" flag ended up with 13 stars, with two of them representing the border states of Missouri and Kentucky. The reasoning behind allowing this was because the Union did not recognize the validity of secession, or see the Confederate states as separate entities. Therefore, in the mind of the government, those states had not actually left the country, they were just misbehaving (Woodhead). However, unofficially, the Confederate flag was made with stars removed to represent its departure.
The Confederate Flag came from the war. When we won the war we also won the flag and also freedom. The Confederate Flag is not racist. There are african-americans that fought in the war to bring us freedom. There are african-americans that want to support the flag to stay.
During this time, slavery debates and fights were held throughout the nation that ended with the Civil War. During the Civil War, the South represented themselves with the Confederate flag, which symbolizes the belief in keeping slavery. So, it should not come to a surprise when Bree Newsome, an African American activist, scaled the flagpole in South Carolina and removed the symbol of hate. The confederate flag has been removed from national areas as it represents a bleaker time in history. The concept of the confederate flag and the conclusions made on its meaning, which was anti abolition, shaped the movement that called for its removal throughout the nation.
Given these unsuccessful attempts at compromise, it does seem that the Civil War was inevitable. Lincoln’s action in declaring the war on the South were justified given that he did leave the decision of whether or not to go to war up to the South. Lincoln did try to compromise with the South with the Corwin amendment, but still, they refused to rejoin the Union (OpenStax, 2016). Lincoln made it clear that should the Union take Fort Sumter war would be declared (OpenStax, 2016). When the Confederacy took Fort Sumter, Lincoln had no choice but to retaliate.
Time Wise has started the conversation about race inequality and white privilege with his lecture “Baltimore and Beyond: Race Racism and White Privilege.” It is always a hard conversation to have since most people try to be political correct and do not want to offend anyone. Wise had made some good points that I believe anyone could understand and he also made some points that some people would be against. The first point he made that I found had a huge impact was the fact that Americans memorialize other countries’ hardships rather than our own. Wise used the example of a Holocaust Memorial that he saw. This is true we do not focus on what is or has happened in our country as much as we focus on what has happened in other places.
(Shipley, 2015) Where’s the proof? I would hope this is not the final decision on this Confederate battle flag, because it has earned the right to fly. I don’t think it was fair for the legislature to make the decision, or to change the state law. We need to view all the information, and take a survey on how the people in American feel about this
He also clearly thinks that there is a right and that there is a wrong. Although, Marianne only really approaches this in an absolutist way, it is important to understand how other people may view racism and issues of that nature. Racism is an extremely touchy subject and can cause a lot of emotions to be brought forth. She states in her article that racism is rooted in our history and that there is no way to deal with racism today if we do not address racism present throughout history. Whether that racism has physical or emotional effects, Marianne Williamson strongly believes that it needs to be dealt with.
Although some people don’t need that h advice, everyone needs advice no matter how intelligent they are. If you had a chance to give someone in the world advice who would it be, but a numerous amount of people needs advice since they are making the worst choices anyone can possibly do. I would give advice to Abraham Lincoln. One piece of advice Abraham Lincoln would attain from myself would be to come back to life and help America through what it is going through right now. Abraham Lincoln was always against slavery, he once said, “Since I will be no one’s slave, I will be no one’s master.” Now there’s no slavery issues but people are arguing about the confederate flag anyway.
“no religious outlook or Weltanschauung, can enjoy a privileged status, let alone be adopted as the official view of the state” I found this passage noteworthy because it demands that no religious outlook be put before another, but that is exactly what happens and has been happening, all these years. I would like to say that I think the reason there is such a lack of equality with different countries and “cultures” and why we are in constant war is because of this exact reason; religion. Most religious people always think their religion is better than another persons and this causes conflict. The countries laws reflect their religious views in the morals that they choose to have. If religion wasn 't such a big concept would we find peace between different cultures and countires?