I'm not sure how many of you live in Virginia or any other state that happens to be chock full of rednecks, but I do, and somehow I have befriended many of these people prior to the recent shooting that has caused a lot of controversy over the Confederate flag. To further clarify, I am friends with them on Facebook. Now with this going on, I see post after post after post defending that outdated piece of cloth, every single one of them appealing entirely to emotion and not a single argument based on fact.
I can't sass these people because they're my friends and I know that this is a very sensitive subject for them. Sass is typically the way I cope with stupidity, but now I know I'll endanger myself if I use that to combat this particular instance of stupidity.
So instead, I'm bringing my thoughts here instead of there, and I hope that you, my fellow g1s, can do the same as well. I have quite a lot to say on this matter, as you might have figured out.
First things first, the worst of the worst is the posts proudly claiming the south will rise again. These are rare even here, for sure, but that is the epitome of stupidity. You do not want the south to rise again, no matter where you live. There is no defending you if you actually want the United States of America to once again go through the Hell that was the American Civil War.
Second, one argument defending the flag is that it no longer means what it meant 150 years ago when it actually referred to a "nation." Now, they say, it is just a symbol of southern pride. False. The Confederate Flag is a symbol of white southern pride. There is no black man alive who looks at that flag with pride. Who's he got to be proud of from that era? His hard-working slave ancestors? Or the brave general who's now rolling in his grave over the fact that black kids are allowed in white schools? Being a white southerner is nothing to be proud of. It is something to be ashamed of. "Oh, but those northerners are kinda mean in traffic and don't have sweet tea!" Two wrongs don't make a right, and one wrong and one subjectively unpleasant definitely don't make a right.
Third, you can't be a Confederate and a Patriot at the same time. Yes, a lot of posts I see tell me that "I'm a Confederate, your approval is not required" (to which I am oh so tempted to say "Then why do you care that you don't have it?"), but these people also claim to love America. Let's just say the Confederate flag being a sign of racism is just me being all emotional and beating dead horses and wanting revenge (note: I'm white), and whatever. If there's one thing that the Confederate flag definitely, objectively, irrefutably represents, it's the single greatest, bloodiest revolt against America in history.
Oh, one asks, but what about the American Revolution against the British? See, the difference is that the CSA had no intention of abiding by the American way, and that the American Revolution had nothing to do with slavery. The American Revolution was an effort made for freedom, whereas the CSA was established out of pure butthurt at a presidential election.
TL;DR: I'm from further south than any "Confederate" I know, and I say: Get that flag out of my sight.