I know at a first glance much of what I write makes me seem like the most arrogant, right-wing nut job on earth, but that simply isn’t the case. I allude to being of the opinion that Republicans have their issues just as any Democrat, and I stand by that, but the focus of this site is to point out the hypocrisy, ignorance, and lies behind the race debate. I also know that leftists would wholeheartedly disagree with me (and I don’t give a shit, that’s why I’m writing in the first place), but the Republicans’ problem with regard to race has absolutely nothing to do with what is portrayed in the media, in books, in academia, or in anything in-between. In that regard, I have no choice but to focus on the left side of the aisle when I refuse to accept or believe the mantra that they somehow went from slave master to masters of equality after passing some legislation (which they spent over a decade filibustering, by the way).
The problem Republicans have- and have had since around the time of Reagan- is one of giving up on trying to secure the black vote…not because of the political consequences of failing to do so, but because it would have been both morally and ethically just from an historical perspective to do everything in their power to win it back from the left. Republicans freed the slaves, were the cornerstone of the Civil Rights Act’s passage, and were never in the business of storing human beings in their cellars for the purpose of completing handiwork around their houses. Only Democrats did that, and it would be wise for Republicans to get back to being more up front about the history of their country; the very history that could be the trump card of the race debate in 2015 like nothing else can.
Unfortunately for Republicans, not only did they give up on the black vote, but they also gave up their spines.
With the recent flare ups over race, I felt it was necessary to reiterate my position on race as its woven itself into modern politics. Nothing about what’s happened in the country today- from Charleston to Ferguson and back- can ever change my position.
The Republican folly was one of omission. The Democrat folly- which is more like a bank heist than a simple error- was their transposition; their metamorphosis from slave owner, segregator, lyncher, church burner, and beyond to all of those terrible, terrible things repeated in the modern era under the mask of patron saints of civil righteousness.
I have not an ounce of devotion, nor connection to the south and its Confederate heritage, and especially not its flag. I am a New Yorker by birth, and a northerner I will die. I care for one flag and one flag only and that is the one which represents its 50 states and its power derived from its people. But if we are to discuss such things- flags, symbols, etc.- it is important to note something that we so often fail to recognize. It is even more important to note this considering the environment in which we frame the discussion on race, politically, in the 21st century.
Not every southerner owned, or even supported slavery. It was a terrible period in our nation’s history and one that we should hope and pray will never be repeated. But alas, the point of this website and my ramblings is to impress upon people– specifically those who are minorities themselves and worship the nation’s talent pool of left-wing politicians without so much as a question– that, just maybe, slavery never really went away.
So while we cannot say that every southerner owned, or supported the practice of slavery, we surely can accept, apologize and own up to our shadowy history as one nation. This much, by all means we should do– if that includes removing rebel flags from state buildings, so be it. However, when it comes to the symbolism behind those dreaded times of enslaving innocent people because of their skin color, it is worth mentioning that it was not the stars and bars of the Confederate flag that stood as the symbol for unanimous support for chains and shackles, but rather a different flag entirely.
That flag, to the disdain of progressives nationwide, looks like this and nothing else: