A History Lesson

A reaction from John Price, a resident of Pennsylvania, to a neighbor flying the flag that the alleged liberal network, MSNBC, gave Ben “Cooter” Jones airtime to defend yesterday:

Let’s go one-by-one through some typical Lost Cause-tinged revisionist talking points:

The Civil War was about economics, not slavery!

  • Yes, you’re a racist… and a traitor.

The Civil War was about states’ rights, not slavery!

  • Yes, the Civil War was about the economics of slavery.

The Civil War was about states’ rights, not slavery!

  • Yes, the Civil War was about the states’ right to maintain slavery.

That’s not the Confederate flag!

  • True, it’s the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, which actually makes your usage even worse. It’s the banner under which men fought and died to enact secession.

Heritage not hate!

  • Funny story: the heritage is hate. This is my favorite talking point because it sets up a false dichotomy and then tries to pretend “heritage” is a signifier for some romantic, noble culture just waiting to be recaptured.  When Lindsay Graham says things like, “The flag represents to some people a civil war, and that was the symbol of one side. To others it’s a racist symbol, and it’s been used by people, it’s been used in a racist way,” he makes a mockery of the history. Yes, Senator, it does represent one side of the civil war: the side that advocated slavery secession.  It’s the flag of treason.
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1 Comment

  1. Well – let’s look at what they actually said at the time:

    http://trc.taboola.com/dailykos/log/3/available

    It’s like an American of German heritage flying the Nazi flag and saying because Goethe and weinerschitzel.

    They could just fly their state flag. There is no Midwest, Western or Northeastern Flag. It’s about the treason and dog whistle.


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