On July 10, 2015 the Confederate Flag, a symbol of Confederate racism, was lowered. The racist associations with the Confederate Flag still remain today, even after its removal. Directly, the removal of this flag is caused by the nation’s disgust at the actions of one man: Dylann Roof, who entered the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church on June 17, 2015 and murdered nine African Americans. Although Roof’s actions led to the removal of the flag, the continuous police brutality and the way mainstream culture views African Americans led to Roof’s brutal massacre, which in turn led to the removal of the Confederate Flag. Police brutality occurs against those of all races and genders. A new form of violence between civilians and police …show more content…
Garner was murdered about two weeks before Michael Brown, but his death was not as widely known until the video footage of him begging a police officer to stop choking him was released, but especially not until mass protests in Ferguson and around the country began. The cultivation of disdain for the brutality African Americans faced in America grew more and more as more information about Eric Garner’s death surfaced. The released video showed footage of Garner being forced down onto the ground in a chokehold, followed by multiple New York Police Department Officers who held Garner down as he repeatedly said, “I can’t …show more content…
The misuse of authority by police officers in the murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner as well as the negative view society holds for African Americans, gave Dylann Roof and still gives other people like him the idea that it is possible to get away with murdering minorities. These societal judgments and misconduct by authority figures are what caused Dylann Roof to go to the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC and shoot nine innocent people. Roof’s deep-rooted racist views and a culture that supported these views led to the deaths of Reverend Clementa Pinckney, Tywanzza Sanders, Reverend Sharonda Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Reverend DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Ethel Lance, Susie Jackson, Myra Thompson, and Reverend Daniel Simmons
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Annotated bibliography #3 "The Confederate Flag Needs To Be Raised, Not Lowered." 2015. 23 Aug. 2015 In Chuck Baldwin article about "The Confederate Flag Needs To Be Raised, Not Lowered" (2015), he claims that the flag should stay up because the confederate flag is not is not all about slavery and racism Baldwin supports his claim by importing details about the historic meaning of the flag. His purpose is to give the reader and understanding of witch it true and what is false.
The administrator ultimately banned the wearing of the confederate flag on school grounds nonetheless she admitted that she could not “ban it for eternity” (Hardie, 2013) and within months the students were back to wearing the flag. One of the teachers explained, “Our school’s, you know, real big, was real big into wearing the Confederate flag and they didn’t—I think it was lack of education or really understanding. I think we got a bunch of country bumpkins that just wore it because that’s what always—you know” (Hardie, 2013). This shows that although the history of the flag is known, the students’ allowed to wear the attire because the lack of understanding and education of the true meaning of the
Confederate Flag Debate Holds Up Congress Even almost a month later, the removal of a Confederate battle flag from outside a South Carolina Statehouse seems to still be causing trouble in the American Government. After two weeks of arguments between both House parties, the House Republicans finally called for a solution between the two opposing sides, unexpectedly freezing most productivity in the House, yet it still seems that nothing has been resolved. House Democrats used this pause in government to pass amendments to an appropriation bill that then banned the Confederate battle flag from all federal cemeteries, as well as banning them from being sold at all gift shops and concession stands; all this without a debate or a formal “roll-call”
The death of Eric Garner, the second major case of the Black Lives Matter movement, gave the movement more momentum, even more so because it concerned the police department commonly either recognised as famous or infamous-- the NYPD. On the afternoon of 17 July 2014, in Staten Island, New York, Eric Garner was publicly executed by the NYPD-- including the murderer, Daniel Pantaleo. The video begins with Eric Garner raising his voice at a police officer who he says repeatedly “harasses” him and will not leave him alone. Eric Garner says that he “wants to just be left alone.”. After a faded cut in the video, the officers converge on Garner and grab him arms to which Eric asks for them not to touch him.
As Winston Churchill stated, “The flags of the Confederate States of America were very important and a matter of great pride to those citizens living in the confederacy. They are also a matter of great pride for their descendants as part of their heritage and history,” but in present day, the American people are claiming the meaning of the confederate flag is hate and discrimination. In South Carolina, the confederate flag was taken down and will be placed in a museum after a heated debate stemming from a mass shooting of nine black churchgoers in a historical Charleston church during bible study. The vote was 103 to 10 in favor of removing the flag. The shooter was white supremacist, Dylann Roof.
Even if certain people believe there is no connection between the flag and slavery their will always be some undertone of it because of the beliefs that follow the flag no matter where it goes. Since slavery has being tied to the flag for so long, the flag can be construed as a symbol that is pro-slavery which in most cases people are against it. In the end the symbols that are tied to the confederate flag may not have been the main objective, but it is the formality of something taking on the meaning or beliefs of those who follow the
Heritage or Hatred: The Confederate Battle Flag There is a lot of attention and opinion surrounding what we know now as the Confederate flag. Until recently the outcry of support and opposition to the flag has always been there with events bringing it back to the forefront. After the horrific events at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17th, 2015 the support and opposition surrounding the flag reemerged. The argument again became main stream on whether the confederate flag represents racism or heritage.
America the only place where corporations are people where half if not more of the clothes people are wearing are made by actual slaves but they complain about a flag bcuz it represents a dark time in american history, when brother bought brother over the slave issue. this is also the place where free speech and beliefs are championd on every channel and in every piece of law there is. i dont agree with slavery but i also dont agree with people loving free speech but hate when someones speech isnt P.C if u want to rock a swastica flag go ahead if u want too rock a confederate flag, go ahead expect people too voice their opinions bcuz of the same free speech rule u want to use too hoist that flag. almost reminds me of vietnam where soldiers
27 Sept. 2015. This article discusses how the Confederate flag is connected to the shootings in Charleston. It describes that the reporters were all over the story and the news of the shootings were traveling fast and the fact that he had the Confederate flag on him made people feel even more disturbed. They said that some believe that the shootings in South Carolina had everything to do with the Confederate flag because the shooter wanted to start another civil war and some could say the flag gave him the mindset to do it along with other factors.
The Confederate flag on longer means racism The confederate battle flag is a proud relic among the southern states that has been handed down from generation to generation from is once heroic and brave ancestors that fought so valiantly for their confederate colors. Many of the southern states have taken the confederate colors and given them a self-proclaimed heritage to their states; even some of the state flags have confederate qualities in the design. The colors remind us of the stubborn legacies that still seem to matter in what we call our contemporary south. As the southerners wave their proud colors, their “proud colors” seem to make their way under the controversial Americans’ skin.
August 14, 2014. Within minutes after a store robbery and a confrontation with an officer of the law, a young man had been fatally shot and a police officer was now facing the realization of either serving time in prison, or completely losing his career. While the lasting effects of the killing of any human being is never a simple happening, the specifics of the Michael Brown case made court proceedings and life, after the fact, trickier than most. The main issue, of course, being that Brown was killed by a police officer. It did not take long for the media to then shove down your throat, that Brown was a black teen and that Darren Wilson, the officer in question, was a white man.
From Ferguson to New York City to Oakland, more and more people have gathered together to voice their support for a growing movement—“Black Lives Matter.” Inspired by the displays of solidarity in Ferguson, Missouri, these protestors carry with them signs and adorn shirts inscribed with “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” and “I can’t breathe”—phrases related to the fatal shooting of Michael brown and the fatal use of a chokehold on Eric Garner. The main focus of these protests is to call for justice, police accountability, and an end to unnecessary violence inflicted on African Americans throughout the United States. Outraged by the grand jury’s decision to not indict police officers for the killing of many unarmed African Americans, protestors and politicians
Evil Everywhere With all of the violence in the past, and now the most recent shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, society is more scared than ever. Dylann Roof, proven to be a white supremacist, walked into a church in Charleston, South Carolina and killed innocent people. This incident hit home for so many Americans because not only did the innocent people die, but it was in one of the safest places imaginable, a church (Tauber, Michelle). Many believe that weapons are to blame for this, and others believe that racism is the main focal point.
How many soldiers died for the confederate flag? One thousand, ten thousand? Over twenty two thousand brave soldiers died in battle for the confederate flag, and many people want to pretend that it has never happened by erasing all trace of the confederacy. This past July a twenty one year old open fired on a African Methodist church, in total nine black people died. This resparked the everlasting debate, is the confederate flag a flag of history or hate.
Over the years, the American flag has served as a symbol of our nation’s unity. With its 13 stripes representing the 13 Britain colonies that declared independence from Great Britain and became the first states of the Union, its 50 stars representing its 50 states, the white color representing our purity and innocence, the red color representing its valor and bravery, and the blue color representing the vigilance, perseverance and justice, the U.S. flag stands as a symbol of liberty, freedom, and the rights for all citizens. Although some hold the flag as a sacred symbol, there are some artist that have had a modest estimation for it expressed through their artwork. Jasper John created Three Flags in 1958 at a time in which the nation was