Honestly, no I do not believe that the confederate battle flag is a symbol of racism or hatred. Personally I believe that anyone who thinks that the confederate flag is “racist” seriously needs a history lesson. In this essay, you will learn the history of the confederate flag, if it actually is a symbol of hatred, and what the United States plan to do to keep the country calm.
The issue of the confederate flag has been an important cultural discussion point for some years now, but has recently taken on even greater importance in light of recent hate crimes in South Carolina, as well as rampant police brutality and shootings across the country. Much of the discussion has been an argument between the two schools of thought being that either the flag is a symbol of cultural heritage and nothing more, and the other being that it is a symbol of systematic and violent racism that has no right being in a place of honor and reverence in today’s society. In a way both schools are correct. The Confederate flag is a symbol of southern cultural history; it also happens that that history is a history of systematic and violent racism, starting from the flag’s creation and on to its popular resurgence in the south at the time of desegregation and the civil-rights movement.
In december of 1860 South Carolina was the first state to secede from the union. They were the first state to use the Confederate flag. Ten other states would join South Carolina in seceding from the Union. The “Rebel Flag” which we see today is what is considered to be the Confederate flag. It is also called the “Stars and Bars Flag.” There was three different versions of the flag that were used during the civil war. The Civil War started in April of 1861. When president Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, a bill which outlawed slavery, the war officially became about slavery. The flag which we see today was used by General Robert E. Lee to represent the army of Northern Virginia. Although the Confederate flag was used to
For many years people have been arguing whether certain controversial monuments, such as statues, should be destroyed or removed. A common type of monuments in this situation are the Confederacy monuments. These are various statues across the US which honor Confederate leaders or “heroes”. Many see these offensive since those people basically oppressed African Americans for years and were fighting to keep doing so. Some argue that the monuments should not be damaged or tampered with anyway since, even though the person might not have been the best, it is a historical artifact which therefore, should be preserved. The conflict surrounds whether the monuments should be destroyed, stored (in a museum etc), or left to remain. Personally, I believe that monuments, if historical, should not be damaged in anyway, but left to remain, or in specific occasions, preserved in a museum.
I do not think the Confederate Flag represents a symbol of hate because it is part of the History of this great nation. This is only my personal opinion. However, this opinion could change by the end of my research. Nonetheless, it is a controversial topic. To understand a little more about this topic, I asked a few individuals in order to consider more opinions. I have, also, done an extensive research for this paper, and I found some discrepancies. For example, I asked two African Americans, and according to their opinion, the Confederate Flag is not a symbol of hate. Instead, African American see this flag as an important element of the history. Therefore, they believe that the history of the Confederate Flag should be include in the schools. However, I ask a third individual, and he/she believes that this
What does confederate remembrance mean to you? Confederate Remembrance is a hot topic hitting headlines today. Some believe that the confederacy is a sign of racism and others believe it is about heritage. The philosopher George Santayana once said "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” (George Santayana)
There is an issue which has sparked some conflict which is based on the topic of whether or not Confederate Statues and Confederate symbols should be removed due to the background that they represent. Though they may represent history, the history that they represent is done in such a way which’ll show support for the Confederacy and honoring Confederate Soldiers. I believe that cities shouldn’t be allowed to rename locations and remove Confederate Statues because this would be very similar to removing history from our everyday life.
Racist or history? Demeaning or heritage? Questions like these arise when the confederate flag is discussed. People may argue that the Confederate Flag is a racist hate symbol, but ultimately the flag’s roots are benign because it symbolizes history of war, southern pride, and secession of the confederate states. Being entitled to your own opinion is not wrong in itself, but once things are brought out of proportion it can harm others physically or emotionally. Learning the background of the Confederate flag can help some realize its true meaning and prevent more controversy.
After the conclusion of the Civil War, most southerners remembered the South as a heroic "Lost Cause" , while many other southerner groups continued to present remincense of the nation 's past. Advocates for the "Lost Cause" stated their work and ideas was not anything associated with politics. This claim is debatable but I agree with the Southerners point of view on the "Lost Cause" - it not having anything to do with politics.
Is the existence of confederate flag in the campus influence how people think and act? The correct answer is no. The confederate flag has nothing to do with the neither mental capacity nor thought process of individuals. Its existence in the campus is never a distraction to any learning process. The confederate flag is not the minimum measure used by the University to determine, who enrolls and does not enroll. The quality of education remains, and so does the freedom of everybody else, regardless of the color of his or her skin. Based on these truths, I therefore, argue that the confederate flag should remain on campus because it is not a mode intimidation or tool of threat to anyone. Scholars come to Mississippi University from all sets of background and they all find a home in the campus and fulfill their academic objectives of accessing quality education not to watching a confederate flag hanging in the campus.
Why a push to remove Confederate monuments create violence, protests, and controversy. Removing monuments can be difficult because people will agree or disagree, because to some people its showing appreciation, and to other its showing lack of respect. A white supremacist drove his car into the counter- protesters killing one
In the news today, a continual debate can be found about the significance of Confederate monuments and if they should remain or be removed. Confederate monuments that have been erected throughout the U.S. should be kept because of the preservation of America’s history. For instance, in the article, The Unbearable Lightness of Confederate-Statue Removal, the author lists how slaveholder monuments aren’t the only statues being vandalized, but the Lincoln Memorial and Mount Rushmore are other symbols of U.S. history that some believe need to “blow up” (Murdock). Every historical symbol can have both people who appreciate it and who oppose it. That doesn’t mean that we should tear down all symbols, but symbols in appropriate context lead to better
What do you think about Confederate Statues? Should cities and governments be allowed to take these statues down? The city of New Orleans had this problem. Many people were for taking the statue down and many against taking it down. The statue should be taken down seeing that as, the statues are an inaccurate representation of our past, many people don’t want to look in the past, and this statue didn’t honor the hero, but honored a killer instead.
Conflicts over confederate Civil War monuments in DFW and across the country boil down to an ideological difference between those who wish to commemorate those that lost their lives in the war and those who wish to leave the racially divisive nature of the Civil War in the past. However,
The United States has done many things in the past that everyone now wishes they could take back in a blink of an eye. In the articles “Images of hate: Nazi and Confederate flags in defeat faced different fate” (by Matthew Schofield) and “PRO/CON: should cities remove Confederate monuments?” (by