Monday, August 21, 2017

Hate in America

A statue or monument of any confederate soldier, who fought against America (and lost) to keep the peculiar institituion of slavery alive, is as offensive to Black people as a statue of Adolf Hitler in America would be an affront to all people of Jewish descent. 

Those who defend the Confederate Flag, what you are doing is making an equivalency about human life, that all human life is equally valuable and on this point we agree. The logical fallacy here is that people are entitled to their own set of facts.

You can say that a swastika means different things to different people but it is highly offensive to most, just as the confederate emblem is highly offensive to the majority of Black People in America.

Background information on the Secession from the Union

In the context of the United States, secession primarily refers to the withdrawal of one or more States from the Union that constitutes the United States; but may loosely refer to leaving a State or territory to form a separate territory or new State.

The most serious attempt at secession was advanced in the years 1860 and 1861 as eleven southern States each declared secession from the United States, and joined together to form the Confederate States of America. This movement collapsed in 1865 with the defeat of Confederate forces by Union armies in the American Civil War.

The eleven states of the CSA, in order of secession, were: South Carolina (seceded December 20, 1860), Mississippi (seceded January 9, 1861), Florida (seceded January 10, 1861), Alabama (seceded January 11, 1861), Georgia (seceded January 19, 1861), Louisiana (seceded January 26, 1861), Texas (seceded February 1, 1861), Virginia (seceded April 17, 1861), Arkansas (seceded May 6, 1861), North Carolina (seceded May 20, 1861), and Tennessee (seceded June 8, 1861).

Every state in the Confederacy issued an "Article of Secession" declaring their break from the Union. Texas, Mississippi, Georgia and South Carolina all issued additional documents, referred to as the "Declarations of Causes," which explained their decision to leave the Union. Two major themes emerged in these documents: slavery and states' rights. All four states strongly defended slavery while making varying claims related to states' rights.

The Confederate Flag symbolizes the Southern states desire to perpetuate the greatest crime against humanity in the history of planet earth. This is what the flag symbolizes, no more, no less. Sugarcoat it all you want with comments like, "My great-grandfather died defending the Confederacy," all that means is that your great-grandfather died because he wanted to keep black people in chains. Can you not see how blatantly offensive that would be to 21st century African Americans? If you can't see this, you don't want to and are blinded by the ignorance of racial hatred.

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith

"When Jewish people are asked to go to a school named after Adolf Hitler, come talk to black people about getting over the confederate flag."

"I can't find any school in America that's called 'The School for Adolf Hitler'. I can find about 10 schools listed online, in Texas, Alabama, and Florida, that's named after Robert E. Lee."

"An article in USA Today talks about how, throughout this country, whether it's monuments, statues, what have you, there are 700 that exist, spanning 31 states, pertaining to praising the confederacy or the confederate flag."

"I don't see anything is this country where we are doing this for Nazi's, because the Jewish community will not stand for it. But when the black community speaks up, everyone is in an uproar, it becomes a topic of debate and open for discussion."

Unfortunately, what we're dealing with is the arrogance of White America as it pertains to the plight of Black America. They could care less what we think and try to use skewed logic in an almost humorous attempt to justify their pompous actions and benighted way of discussing race.

Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel has outlawed swastiki's, statues, etc., that have anything to do with Hitler and the Holocaust - as it should be.

While calling America a mossaic, proclaiming that we care about everyone, about all races, people are fighting for the right to hold on to something that was anything but inclusionary; that is prejudice; it's a system that promoted disenfranchisement. The prevailing ethos has always been, if you're not white, you're not Christian. Those who harbor such outlandish sentiments, don't believe we (minorities) should be part of this country.

Most confederate apologist may not look at it this way because their opprobrious flag means something different to them. Be that as it may, this does not usurp what it means to a nation of 30-40 million African Americans, that obviously feel differently and have history on their side.

Yes, we have freedom of speech, but consider the fact that we honor many German practices when it comes to the Jewish community, right here in the USA. If we're going to honor the Jewish community by making sure that's not something they have to deal with, and they shouldn't, why is it problematic when black people point out what ails us from a historical perspective.

Going back to my childhood, without anyone telling me, I've always been of the mindset, "how dare you think you're better than me based on the color of our skin!" Seriously? 

Those who fought to keep slavery alive were unequivocally on the wrong side of history. They supported a sinister, hateful regime and a failed ideology.

Over the past couple of decades supporters have tried to change the meaning of the confederate flag. However, try as they might, their complex banter and convoluted rhetoric does not and will never change what the flag represented, what it was stated to represent and what the confederate soldiers fought for. Sons are not responsible for the sins of their fathers. However, if the son states, "I want to honor my father or grandfather," particularly their crimes against humanity, then the sons are also on the wrong side of history and the wrong side of the law.

The confederate flag and monuments that represent the evils of America's past are coming down whether you like it or not. Sure, many of you have dug in the trenches, not giving up without a fight, there's absurd honor in that - fools gold if you will, but you're fighting a lost cause. You lost once, but now, ironically, we have the law on our side. And get this, we're not going to physically fight you.

Speaking on a personal level, I'm not going to fight you, I'm not going to show up at one of your demonstrations, you can do what the hell you want to do. However, if you bring the violence to me or my family, I'm still not going to physically fight you, but I will sue you for all the money you have and your check will be garnished for the remaining balance.

If you choose to end my life, that's quite alright too, because nobody gets out alive and I have absolutely no fear of death. I will be free and you will spend the rest of your life in a cage, or on death row, charged with a hate crime. You will end up right alongside 23-yr-old Dylann Roof (convicted of 9 Life Sentences), soon to be convicted 20-yr-old James Alex Fields, Jr. (charged with second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of hit-and-run after the incident), the idiot who drove a car through a crowd killing one person (Heather Heyer, RIP) and injuring 19 others; or you will suffer the fate of Lawrence Russell Brewer, executed on September 22, 2011.

Lawrence Russell Brewer

Brewer was one of three men convicted of killing James Byrd after they offered him a lift along a remote country road.

Mr. Byrd, 49, was beaten unconscious and urinated upon before being bound to the vehicle by his ankles with a heavy logging chain and driven for three miles.

Forensic evidence showed that he was alive for much of the ordeal but was killed when the vehicle hit a concrete drainage channel causing his head and arm to be ripped from his body.

John William King, 36, was also convicted of capital murder and sent to death row. His case remains under appeal. The third man, Shawn Berry, 36, received a life prison term.

During reconstruction, there was a conscious attempt by some government leaders to recast the southern 'villain' (because that is what they were and what they remain) as heroes - to re-write history. This is why the statues went up across the South and across America. Well, they are coming down and it's nothing that Confederate apologist and racist can do about it. Racial hatred in America is on its last legs, thanks to the lunacy of Donald John Trump.