Confederate flags everywhere. Scares me immensely.

Kitra Mwania,
Branson, MO.

The confederate flag clearly means something important to the people around here. Being a black person who learned that this flag represented slavery and injustice makes me nervous about why this flag is an accessory.

Keep the conversation going - comment and discuss with your thoughts

  • GregariousAries

    I’m from the area and I can tell you that any person displaying this flag is likely not about slavery and all of that nonsense. They are more likely advocates for rebelling against a tyrannical government. When you discuss it with the individuals bearing that particular symbol, you’ll find they are more likely to not care about slavery being a thing because, “it’s water under the bridge”. If you haven’t been already, you should go to Wilson’s Creek Battlefield National Park.

    • Slavery is anything but water under the bridge…

  • GregariousAries

    Come to think of it, there are like 5 orange camaros painted up like The General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard on the main strip in Branson. It may be that they are just fans of the TV show. *shrugs*

  • GregariousAries

    To put it simply, there’s no need to be nervous about the symbol. A good amount of people in the area get offended when racism is even correlated with “The Battle Flag of Northern Virginia”. Slavery is essentially a non-issue when it comes to the symbol. Now injustice does often come up in conversation when referring to that particular symbol.

  • Robin

    I have family and friends in Virginia and North Carolina. When I hear white southerns claim it’s a symbol of their “heritage.” I often think, it’s a part of mine, too. The only difference is what side of that “heritage” you’re on and what that time in history means to you. To me, as a black American, that rebel flag is the equivalent of a Swastika, a sign of hatred, oppression and the enslavement and murder of thousands of our ancestors. If they’re proud of that part of their southern “heritage” that speaks volumes.

  • RileyJives

    Well, it actually means a lot more to others. I’m black and I grew up in a ritzy smitzy suburb of Chicago. We had a neighbor directly across the street who waved both the confederate and united flag when it mattered, say for patriotic holidays. I can’t recall my parents ever being bothered by it. He and his family happened to be the friendliest neighbors and even came to visit my mother in the hospital after she had fallen ill to renal failure in 06. Unsolicited, perhaps feeling a bit of guilt, he felt compelled one day to explain to my father why he waved both flags. It turns out he lost family members on both sides of the war and bore both flags out of respect for their sacrifice. Just a line? Maybe, but my father took it for face value and moved on.

  • barry irving

    …To me the flag represents the mentality that is Anti African American…anti color! I wouldn’t want to have such a divisive symbol in my life. I USED TO WEAR AND DISPLAY RED BLACK AND GREEN. That is also divisive , but it understood ans a symbol of struggle. It has to be understandably a symbol of our fight for liberty and Justice, which is still happening today. I understand that some radicals made big misjudgements about how to fight and word the struggle, but it was all in opposition to outright Racist Law and inequality backed by Law.

    …When Bob Marley’s Rasta movement came in, the colors just automatically changed to Red Gold and Green, sometimes with Black…same basic meaning, but their message as followers of the Bible was radical, but also affirming of humanity. The Red Black and Green was a darker statement. One that even today the most radical advocates still use.

    …My point is that we explained our Flags of Historical Protest. I can see that the Confederate Flag has personal History, but the Racial aspect of it seems to be up front. I suspect that that is due to the reluctance of the majority population to explain themselves in every day life. The subject of Racism is a seen as a thorn, but if Racist indoctrination ( not having to answer to people of color ) is not dealt with by the descendants of Slavers, then they remain suspect AS THEIR MENTALITY NEVER CHANGES.

 

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