Interesting Perspective On The Confederate Flag Debate [OPINION]
One of my Facebook friends posted an interest perspective on the whole Confederate Flag debate.
Amy (I will omit her last name to protect her identity) is a true Southerner at heart. Here is her take on the debate:
See, I was the girl who read romance novels & dreamed of being Scarlet O'Hara, sipping sweet tea on the grand porch swing... Then I grew up.
I get that some of you want to cling to the belief that the Confederate flag represents Southern pride, BBQ and the Dukes of Hazard. I, too, am a proud Southerner. Our food, music, and hospitality can't be beat. What I don't get is how we can be intentionally blind to the fact that whatever this flag may have once stood for, its use by the Confederate Armies has forever altered its symbolism, much like the swastika was usurped by Nazi Germany.
The authority the Northern states were trying to usurp was the institution of slavery. Read up on the various secession declarations and tell me it wasn't about slavery and supremacy...
Georgia mentions slavery in the second sentence, as does Mississippi, Virginia & South Carolina.
Alabama chose the term "domestic institutions". How very civilized of them.
Texas is a doozie!
Succumbing to the romanticized Gone with the Wind BS that glazes over the inhumanity that was perpetrated against so many is far beneath us. Just tour the beautiful Antebellum Plantation Homes & you'll see- only the vaguest mention of how many slaves there were, but no slave quarters. Gloss over the steep, narrow, dark staircase slaves were forced to use so they weren't seen in "polite society". Even the term 'slave' minimizes the fact that these were PEOPLE, not animals or objects. It is uncomfortable to face the fact of how people treated other people, so we try to smooth it over, pretend it wasn't as horrific as it actually was...
Cognitive dissonance is strongly at play here. It goes against our core belief system, it's too uncomfortable, so we somehow ignore the truth and comfort ourselves with a pretty lie. Waking up is hard to do.
Fly your flag, celebrate your heritage, but don't be surprised when folks look at you sideways, Cooter.
I am guessing that "Cooter" was a reference to the Dukes of Hazzard, but that's just a guess.
So, what are your thoughts? Does "Amy" have it wrong? Why do you feel that way? Let's discuss!