[Disclaimer: This post will be added to as I can, do to the: informational quality and quantity offered us, topic covered and the sheer volume of people currently interested in seeing how this goes. In other words… this post is very much a live and active post and will continue to change moment to moment- without bias and fair to issue… no matter the outcome.]
I do understand the perception of some to think
by a flag’s removal… progress is really being made
but the truth of the bigger picture would increase the
scale of view beyond what lies in our own shade…
history is replete with incidents perceived as being
something they are not and what they are not said,
it is found in the meat of the matter, here on a flag¹,
not used for what it was² but associated with the dead,
the flag did not kill anyone here… and Lynyrd Skynyrd
is still Southern by the grace of God, Southern Rock led.
it is being used, even down right abused by some pin-
heads… and racist tripe they believe, so spoon fed,
My point in saying this is to find slavery offensive, if
this is the benchmark, then make sure it is truly over…
there is still slavery alive and well in this world, today,
and it seems so trivial to laud over a flag over and over,
if a Veteran can be arrested for turning a flag upside down,
to symbolize an emergency or wrong, then it’s not known
as being what it is… even what it was intended to be used
for, it supplants the importance of dislike over what’s shown,
and it would come down to how we perceive it to be, if we
are against those whom might use a thing wrongly, so true,
to bullyrag something or someone we might soon dispute…
where will this end, my friend, the finish line of ‘We’re through?’
Is this not the same discrimination in reverse but this time
it seeks the pleasure of limelight, gainsay as though you oppose
the colors some might wear, or have worn, or even the very
nature of what they are- seen in attire of their own clothes.
1] … here on a flag, Confederate flag history.
2] … not used for what it was, disclaimer against ‘hate groups’ and its misuse, the misuse by ‘hate groups’ of the Confederate flag, 1989.
A newspaper statement of what happened at Fort Pillow.
We cannot undo our own history, or have a version of this history coming from our own likes and dislikes- to cherry-pick what we’ll keep and what we won’t. Unfortunately, throughout the world today… there are bigger issues on humanity’s plate: sex trade (white slavery by name), forced compliance to one religion over another (Coptic Christians are being forced [this too is slavery] to become Muslims- by legality[?]) and we can become enslaved by our own minds (thoughts and opinions which might differ from one to another). Since slavery still exists… I see this as ‘a weak kneed victory’, a victory unworthy of the valiant battle cry,”Remember Fort Pillow!” Here is a brief recounting of some of the official records, this one about Fort Pillow, and there are many other links found here as well.
Let this not be forgotten!
I remember hearing,”You can win a battle but lose the war,” and I think the backlash on this might prove me right– wherebyI hope I’m wrong! Remember the movie ‘Colors’ (the last few lines of this writing are addressing that movie), and all we had to go on then was red and blue. Even back then, April 25th, 1988, there was the expectation for violence throughout the country… from this movie, and the only City it happened (where I lived at the time) was Stockton, California. See a quick squib from the LA Times here.
Fort Pillow Civil War reenactment picture.
Latin phrases that could come to play here…
1) a bene placito… from one well pleased, or ‘at will’, or ‘at one’s pleasure’.
2) a contrario… from the opposite, or ‘on the contrary’, or ‘au contraire’.
3) ab abusu ad sum non valet consequentia… an inference from an abuse to a use is not valid, or rights abused are still rights.
4) abusus non toilit usum… misuse does not remove use, or just because something is misused doesn’t mean it can’t be used correctly.
5) Inveniet quod quisque velit… Each shall find what he desires.
6) latius est impunitum relinqui facinus nocentis (quam innocentem damnari)… it is better to let the crime of guilt go unpunished (than to condemn the innocent)
7) malo periculosam libertatem quam quietem servitium… I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery.
8) belium se ipsum alet… war feeds itself.
9) castigat ridendo mores… one corrects customs by laughing at them.
10) damnatio memoriae… damnation of memory; which in turn meant, Rome had a custom in which disgraced Romans (particularly Emperors) were pretended to have never existed.
Images from this site and link or from here.
I’ve decided to add updates here [the backlash is beginning], below, to allow for direct links. I will also post the date the links were created themselves, a chronological record of the events for all to see! I would also like to offer you a link, through YouTube, from a Civil War Reenactment perspective… found here.
If, historically, the war was fought against slavery, exclusively… I could see why many would want it removed.
To see just how popular Civil War Historical Reenactment is, there is: a calendar of events (with numerous links) for 2015, Civil War Travel/ on the road (a month by month informational), one City… Gettysburg and planned events, Civil War Talk (A group of people involved in historic recreations in living history) and the Civil War Trust… celebrating the 150th Anniversary (see more at their LinkedIn site here, with 1,496 members).
1] A ‘Christian Science Monitor article’, posted on July 2nd, 2015 and seen here, asks,”Is Confederate flag racist? Majority of Americans say no.” According to the article, 57 percent of Americans see the flag as a symbol of Southern pride rather than as a representation of racism (results come from the CNN/ORC poll found here).
2] How FBI failure (SNAFU) contributed to the killing of nine people, seen here (posted 7-11-15).
3] Flag supporters in Florida seen here (this article posted 7-12-15).
4] With the flag down… what did we really gain? Symbolic, substantive or both? One article raises some doubts to what was really gained, and has two different views (one from a Professor at Vanderbilt and the other a Professor at Voorhees) see it here (posted 7-12-15).
5] The attention and spotlight are now on Mississippi, with the Confederate flag incorporated into the State Flag, see the article from ‘the Christian Science Monitor’, seen here (posted 7-13-15).
6] Do we hide the ugly truth, by removing the Confederate flag? See what one article says, quite telling of Georgia history (see it here, and it was posted 7-14-15).
[After seeing and reading the post above, it made me think about, today, with our refusal to compare thoughts against Israel in the same light: denied to fly their own flag during Olympic games, subjected to the bare naked hatred of what and who they are (as a people) and facing the rising (overt) actions to do harm, maim or kill every last one in the country. Christian persecution is also on the rise (all nationalities of humanity are affected).]
7] A Confederate flag to greet the President in Oklahoma… how about that? See the article here, posted 7-15-15.
It would appear, for all practical purposes, people that do harbor (favor): racism, hatred or cultural phobias (like xenophobia) will go to the extreme… use any symbol, means or method to create the impression things are as they would see it to be. I say,”It will only become the way they say it is if we believe: them to be right, agree with them and/or accept their truth as our own. If we are not fooled by their propaganda (or actions), we should refuse to conduct ourselves as they would have us to do but continue on with living our lives constructively- change what needs to be changed, accept what cannot be changed and thank God for knowing the difference between the two!”