BC DeGRAFF (09/14/2017)

(KKK holding the Confederate Flag in Protest)

When a flag is formed out of hate, it never changes it’s meaning. It always stays a symbol of hate and in that hate will always come terrorism. Terrorizing out of hate and anger and blame. One such flag was created by the 1948 Dixiecrat political party within the Democratic Party. The party centered social issues around the philosophy of Jim Crow. An almost identical styled flag was used during the war by the Army of Tennessee under General Joseph E. Johnston. This was a flag separate nation from the United States that represents treason to our country as it was a flag of a rebel nation that opposed America and ultimately fought against the North to continue Slavery, using the battle flag as their war flag. both the Southern Student Organizing Committee and the Young Patriots Organization tried from the early 60’s to the 70’s to try and dismantle the meaning behind the flag, to give it a new meaning, however more and more conflicts would make this difficult as white men in the 60’s would attend protests, protesting Desegregation and Civil Rights using the flag in their protests.

“The battle flag was never adopted by the Confederate Congress, never flew over any state capitols during the Confederacy, and was never officially used by Confederate veterans’ groups. The flag probably would have been relegated to Civil War museums if it had not been resurrected by the resurgent KKK and used by Southern Dixiecrats during the 1948 presidential election.”
-Southern political scientists James Michael Martinez, William Donald Richardson, and Ron McNinch-Su
(The Democratic National Party of 1948 During the Dixiecrat Era)
“It is no accident that Confederate symbols have been the mainstay of white supremacist organizations, from the Ku Klux Klan to the skinheads. They did not appropriate the Confederate battle flag simply because it was pretty. They picked it because it was the flag of a nation dedicated to their ideals: ‘that the negro is not equal to the white man’. The Confederate flag, we are told, represents heritage, not hate. But why should we celebrate a heritage grounded in hate, a heritage whose self-avowed reason for existence was the exploitation and debasement of a sizeable segment of its population?” -Southern historian Gordon Rhea

In 2001, Georgia changed their flag which featured a similar style, identical to the confederate flag. The flag was part of the Dixiecrat revolution of the 1950’s. The Confederate flag has always been a symbol of hate and should be recognized as such.

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