Whenever I see a Confederate Flag
(also I think this is my best gif creation yet)
It’s really pitiful that so many ppl can’t get past their visceral assumptions and realize that to the majority of southerners, this flag has nothing to do with slavery, [in spite of the confederacies purpose, the preservation of slavery], and everything to do with a cultural identity. Should it? Probably not. But as it does, this is basically a demonstration of hatred, and not of slavery but of southerners; and under the assumption of racism.
Gut wrenchingly this speaks to a human problem; that of assigned allegiance, usually not chosen by those labeled.
It’s true that many people, mostly whites, interpret the symbol of the Confederate flag in complex ways that can’t be reduced to slavery, but that completely ignores the fact that to many Black Southerners—who are just as much authentic Southerners as white people—it is a symbol of violence. Not just about slavery and the Civil War, but about lynching, disenfranchisement, attack dogs, segregation. It is simply ludicrous to try and disengage any part of Southern history from the history of racism; they’re the same thing.
Dear idiots, I don’t care what the battle flag of a reactionary regime ruled by traitorous slave-holding aristocrats represents to you. It represents a disgraceful stain on the history of the American South. It represents a bloody war that sent poor whites to die for the institution of slavery. It represents racism, brutal bigotry, war and we should be ashamed of it.