With all due respect: Confederate Flag
(Recently, I found myself in the middle of contentious moral debate between a few of my closest friends on the subject of the “confederate flag” & the first amendment. I decided to do some of my own research & in turn a wrote a letter to them.)
Thank you for your candid reply. I respect your view & I also believe in standing up for the First Amendment till I die.
Moving forward here; I think what South Carolina did today was the right thing. Putting it to a vote.
Personally with any subject I usually have a rational opinion but I always try to hear out every logical argument unless a single strong fact invalidates them all and in turn changing my position.
So with that being said, I have tried to do my best & study it from a historical, statistical, first person & second person point of view.
Here are some conclusions I have reached:
Historically an actual & accurate confederate flag would mean “freedom from federal government” The federal government overstepped it’s authority during the civil war saying that states could not govern themselves the way the constitution laid out. The confederate flag represents people fighting for their rights against a self-serving government that is supposed to be supporting them…Much like the way the American flag represents the same thing after our oppression under British rule.
Then came another rendition to the flag called “the Stainless Banner” designed by William Tappan Thompson.
Second Confederate Flag:
Then came in 1861…designed by yours truly: William Porcher Miles, the chairman of the Flag and Seal committee. This flag was rejected as the national flag.
Interesting data on our 2 fellas William T. & William M. here:
William Porcher Miles argued that “Men are born neither Free nor Equal” and some men were born with the innate ability to earn liberty while others were not. Government should not attempt to either “make a Statesman of him who God intended should be a Ploughman” or “bind down forever to the plough him to whom God has given a mind capable of shaping the destinies of a People.” From this point on in his career, Miles rejected the political legitimacy of abolitionists and free-soilers and responded to any attempts to restrict slavery with a call for secession.
William Tappan Thompson opposed the granting of civil rights to African Americans. In fact he co-founded a newspaper called Savannah Morning News & it’s editorials often contained hatred to the blacks.
Here are some examples of his editorials;
“As a people, we are fighting to maintain the Heaven-ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race; a white flag would thus be emblematical of our cause.… Such a flag…would soon take rank among the proudest ensigns of the nations, and be hailed by the civilized world as the white mans flag”
“As a national emblem, it is significant of our higher cause, the cause of a superior race, and a higher civilization contending against ignorance, infidelity, and barbarism. Another merit in the new flag is, that it bears no resemblance to the now infamous banner of the Yankee vandals.”
^ That infamous banner is the banner I have fought for, the official flag of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. (Capital letters to emphasis my love for ‘MERICA)
Even though you may not agree with my reply, it is a historical symbol and should be preserved in appropriate places like museums, memorials, etc. It is offensive to people and should not be condoned by current government.
So with all due respect — take down that flag.
P.S. Hatred still runs strong in some parts of south & I’m not kidding when I say people have yelled at me saying go back over the Mason Dixie line in a bar! (But you’d need actual proof — so don’t worry about this LOL)
P.S.S. Here are some amazing paintings I found certainly enjoyed online.