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It’s not about the flag…

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Yes, that’s right, as a black person who was born in this country, I’m saying it, it’s not about the flag. It’s not about the flag because, it took Mitt Romney to start the process of saying the flag has to go.

Thanks Mitt, a fellow Michigander, I’m really saying that without any sarcasm. Mitt is right, the flag must go. In 2008  Mitt said the same thing, and got flamed for it by Newt Gingrich. “It’s a state’s right issues”, Newt said, from his thrown in Georgia. You hear that all the time from Southern Politicians, “States Rights”, they say, including Rich Santorum ( those Bla people) and Huckabee. In fact, Huckabee, an ordained minister, said, “If they come to Arkansas to try to tell us what to do with our flag, I’ll tell them where they can stick the flagpole”. How about that from a Bible toting former governor.

Even the South Carolina Governor, a former Sikh, had not challenged the flag before, stating it was a southern heritage “thing” and has its place on the pole, suddenly changed her mind.  But, why must the flag go? What was the epiphany? What was the bolt of lightning, that caused a few people in power to wake up and decide 150 years after the civil war that it needs its place in a museum? So, before I tell you what it’s all about, lets take some time learn the history behind “the flag”.

The flag, which has ruffled so many feathers and has been taken out of context by so many people, including that terrorist organization what sing Christian songs while covered in white sheets while circled around a flaming cross is really the battle flag of Northern Virginia, and General Lee’s army. It was never adopted as the flag of the Confederacy. That flag was referred to as the “Stars and Bars” consisting of the following description:

Three horizontal stripes of equal height, alternating red and white, with a blue quadrilateral in the canton, inside the canton are white five-pointed stars of equal size, arranged in a circle and pointing outward.

To give you even more information, regiments carried flags to help commanders observe and assess battles in the warfare of that era. At a distance, the two national flags were hard to tell apart. So in order to distinguish positions in battle, the “flag” was used to help commanders recognize there troop positions in battle.

In reality, “the flag” went through three iterations until it was decided up as a design to represent the 13 colonies that were trying to attempt a breakaway from the “more perfect union”, which we call the United States.

Now to me, the mere words of “States Rights” is a code word for what was wanted but did not happen, succession of the southern states, and the continuation of slavery in the south as well as the new territories west of the Mississippi. That’s what it was about by the way, for those of you who spread the false statement of the “War to free the slaves”. Time and time again, you have all these southern governors saying the same thing, “States Rights”, when it comes to a portion of the “Battle flag” of the now defunct and defeated Northern Virginian army, included in almost every state in the south.

So what “Southern” values are you speaking to when you want that on your flag flying high over your state capital dome, or in front of it? Loyalty? Do you need to be branded by it? Does it have some visual or mystical significance for you? Was Jesus a Southerner? Southern values, in my opinion, have never been about a flag, it’s a way of life. It’s about family, foods, tradition, friendliness, and kindness. It’s of how southerners talk. How they act. How they worship together. How they put on those the white caps and stand around a bonfire ( sorry, had to get that one in, didn’t mean that).

Nine black lives taken away by a racist, shot inside of a church. And that flag stood at  full mast while all the other flags at the capital of South Carolina were at half. And it took Tarzan (Mitt), Jane ( the governor of NC) to come in and save the day, telling them “the flag has to go”, rescuing those poor blacks who at best could only get a compromise on a flag 150 years past it’s prime,  flying at full mast on the mourning of those souls, while the other flags were at half mask. It even stood aft full mast while the minister/state representative’s funeral processions went by. In my opinion, that was the biggest insult of all. Please see my blog on the Tarzan theory at:  http://wp.me/pVbXe-fa

Let me say this, remember, removing the flag doesn’t symbolizing anything. Those people would have been killed whether the flag existed on display or not. And, it won’t change the mind of someone who has formulated an opinion about black people, or have made enough money that black people’s concerns are not relevant to them. The question of race will continue to linger until it’s addressed in a way to respectfully stamp out the continued teaching of it. It is taught by the way.

Oh, and by the way, the criminal who did this crime was taken away peacefully. Now if it had been the reverse, a black man killing 9  white church parishioners, they would have dropped a tactical nuclear bomb on him and dragged his remaining radioactive parts through the streets to celebrate justice done on the street.The flag would still be flying and there would be no question as to why it was there in the first place. So, trust me, it’s not about the flag, it’s about a mind set, and until the disease of racism exist, nothing is going to change.

So ebay, Target, Walmart, Sears, and other retailers who have suddenly woken up and stop selling the symbolism of hate, is just playing to the press of the current blood that was spilled in the name of racism, which it has always been about, anyway. That’s what black people have been trying to tell you fools for the last 150+ years. Always remember, 300 years of slavery, 100 years of second class citizenship, and 51 years of what you call freedom.

Hey by the way Walmart, those flags were made in China. What’s up with that?
And to Fox News, that’s right, keep stoking up the flame of racism on your network, perhaps your new logo should be the Northern Virginia Battle flag.

Could any of these politicians who are now having an epiphany about “the flag” could have won an election saying the flag has to come down? NOPE…..

It’s not about the flag, but it is about what the mindset the flag represents…

So, a Mormon and a Methodist who by the way claims to be white on her voter registration ( born Nimrata Randhawa an Indian Sikh) got the flag to come down… I guess….

 

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