Quick History Lesson

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Three years ago I posted an item in response to the above, which came to my Facebook feed by way of a conservative friend. Since that time this post has received a load of traffic, like 768 reads yesterday. It has also received push back, typically from conservatives. There is general disagreement with the apparent conclusion that political conservatives have been obstacles to  social progress in the past and  that this opposition has migrated to the Republican Party.

Here are two recent comments posted to this item. Discussion to follow:

One huge flaw in your analysis, of the 1,600 democrats in that time period, of democrats who were racist, who built and invented the KKK, only 1% switched to the Rep party.

Please stop your crap about the Confederate flag — it’s NOT racist except in the minds of people like you.

Take the first one, from Mark Carbone. He talks about Democrats being early behind the KKK. Then he comments on “1% switched to the [Republican Party].” I would like to respond to Mark’s numbers, but I can’t find any reference to the 1% in my post. I have sent Mark an email asking for elaboration, and I am waiting for a response.

If the case is that 1% of the Democrats switched to the Republican Party, and the remainder did not, then it can be surmised they all died before the character of the Democratic Party changed in the 20th century.

Regarding David Weir’s request for me to stop my crap about the Confederate battle flag, he says it’s racist only in the minds of people like me. That would put me in some interesting company:

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Is Dylan Roof like me? He thinks the Confederate battle flag represents racism. How about those KKK hoodies? Have they suddenly embraced the Confederate flag and abandoned white supremacy? An answer from David Weir would helpful about right now.

There will be more to  come on this in the future. Keep reading.

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2 thoughts on “Quick History Lesson

  1. You seem to be saying that a flag — or any symbol for that matter — is signified by the people who use it rather than the original intention behind its creation. What a novel thought?!

  2. As for original intention, how about fighting a civil war to protect slavery for the profit of society’s richest? The Confederate battle flag was just that – a banner carried by soldiers who went to war, all to save the institution whereby human beings were considered property.
    There were more reasons for why the civil war happened, but slavery was undeniably one of the biggest, and that alone should mean this flag is tainted and maligned, much like the flag of Nazi Germany. Instead it’s touted as a symbol of heritage, its continued presence throughout the US protected on account of it being part of the nation’s history.
    While this flag is undeniably part of US history, it came from the country’s darkest and most violent period, when the country went to war against itself and lost hundreds of thousands of lives as a result. Why should it be hanging from flagpoles? Just use the Stars and Stripes, the original intention behind which was really freedom and liberty. It won’t cause as many arguments and it looks nicer, in my opinion.

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