posted on Jun, 26 2017 @ 09:28 AM
This is reaching a fever pitch in the South, and it's not going to end well.
That flag is not a call for racism, nor is it a validation of slavery. It is a symbol. That's all. It's been used by the Ku Klux Klan, and was flown
by Dylan Roof. But that's not what it means to most of us. It's a symbol of our history and our ancestors. I have forefathers who fought and died
under that flag (and not a single slave owner among them), as do most people who live here. Our forefathers lost that war, but fought with such
tenacity and bravery that it took many acts of sheer inhumanity by a war criminal to turn the tide of battle against them. It stands today as a
reminder that we fought hard and refused to roll over to the whims of an oppressive government.
We ran the KKK out of town... we denounced Dylan Roof... we have integrated minorities completely into our society. Those things are right and proper.
But now outsiders want our monuments to our forefathers and our flag too.
I don't get upset when I see references to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I don't get upset when I see people wearing hats with that big 'X' on them,
paying tribute to Malcom X (who was a criminal among other things). But a slogan that started many years ago says it best:
Equality is a good thing... but episodes like this, which are becoming far too regular, are not equality. They are terrorism... impotent, perhaps, as
it is difficult to instill terror in brave hearts, but attempted terrorism nonetheless. It seems some want a race war down here, and it's not the
typical Southern whites. We want to be left alone. It's people like this lady, criminals looking for a fight, and while their targets might not want a
fight... that doesn't mean they won't fight back.
There are already people I know, good people, who are gearing up for just that. The war memorials removed from public display have pushed things to
the breaking point. Now, episodes like this are starting to happen.
I will say this: if anyone ever tries to remove a symbol of my ancestors from my property, at least one of us will not leave the scene of the crime
vertically. That is too far.
There will be people in this thread who will tell me how racist I am, how terrible I am, how I'm just a 'keyboard warrior'... fine. Spout your filth.
But remember my words when things go too far and there's no turning back.