Alfonzo Rachel, who does a show called “ZoNation” on PJTV had this to say on the issue of the Confederate flag, and a man who lost his life as a result of his stance on it:

 

Now, normally I agree with most of what Alfonzo Rachel has to say. But on this, there are some points of disagreement. Nonetheless, we can agree on a few item he listed out:

1. The Confederacy was started and run primarily by Democrats.

2. The Confederate Constitution did indeed explicitly mention slavery, something the American Constitution did not.

3. The National Flag of the Confederacy (the one with the white field and ‘stainless’ corner) indeed was designed with a White Supremacist angle.

All true. It is something of a historical embarrassment for the Democrat party, even today, that they are the ideological descendants of slavers (along with #cuckservative Republicans who label other Republicans likewise), and the Republicans whom they label as racist are the ideological descendants of those who freed the slaves.

Indeed, when the Confederate battle flag reappeared in the Jim Crow South, it was largely carried by Democrats (who also, I might add, ran the KKK).

So what happened? What changed?

I credit the current image of the Confederate flag to stories like Gone With The Wind, and others, which slowly romanticized not the central cause of the Confederacy, per se, but the bravery of men fighting and dying for a lost cause, whatever that might be. Both before and after the Civil War, the North and the South remained fundamentally different. They still are different.

As Jim Crow was cast off in the 50s and 60s, the South embraced an identity of “rebels” and “malcontents.” These were country boys, doing their thing, like the old TV show, Dukes of Hazzard. The racial origins of the rebellion drifted away from popular consciousness as segregation likewise died off. But the fact that they had rebelled remained.

You can see something similar in Texas, which, for a time, acted as an independent nation. A certain stubborn Texan pride remains in this fact.

And, like the Texan flag, some sort of symbol would inevitably grow around it. The battle flag was the ideal choice for this, if a Confederate symbol were to be chosen. This wasn’t the national flag of the Confederacy, it was the flag they carried into battle. It was not waved by politicians and plantation slave drivers, it was waved by brave soldiers and resolute Generals, the same way the South remains stubbornly proud of General Lee.

My point is, symbols change with time. When I see a Confederate battle flag, I don’t think of Democrats, or racists, or slavers, but rather of country boys and Civil War generals. That’s what folks mean when they say Heritage, not Hate. And I suspect most of the folks saying that honestly believe it, too.

Maybe they are wrong, even so, but in America you have the right to be wrong.

A man died for what he believed in, ran off the road by his supposed racial compatriots. If there is evil here, it isn’t in the flag that man was holding, but in the hands of those who killed him.

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