Several years ago, there was much controversy over the Confederate or "rebel" flag. Now it is at an all time high with
the uproar over the one that flies in South Carolina! It is now and
shall always be a symbol of our heritage...not hate. Nor does it stand solely for the
civil war. It stands for the south and for the men who lived and died for causes they
that they were proud to defend. It also serves to remind us all that the most important thing
is our freedom of choice and the freedom to make those choices...be they right or wrong.
You can take any symbol and it will offend someone somewhere. This flag
was never designed nor intended to represent slavery. It was to unite our
boys and give them a flag to fight under during the war. Because the South
seceeded from the Union, they felt they had a right to their own flag. And, there
was more than one "rebel" flag. There was the Confederate Battle Flag and
and well as a similar Confederate Flag.
This flag should stand, if for no other reason, to remind us that once many
good men died horrible deaths over a war that was so needless. We should
remember that these were real human beings...not some vague shadows in a history
book. It was a wrong war...and maybe for some of the wrong reasons
but it happened....and burning all the flags in the world will never change
that fact or right those wrongs from years past.
I will be the first to say slavery was and always will be wrong....but I will
be the first to say that if you think abolishing, burning and doing away with
this one flag can change history and all the negative feelings over the
Civil War, you are sadly mistaken.
This flag is part of the South's Heritage and you can never change that.
Many wrongs were done on both sides but over the years, it seems to
me that a lot has been forgotten. I think the burning of Atlanta was wrong and
Sherman offends me. Can we burn and abolish him and all memorials to him?
There are those who want to forever abolish this flag because they say it stood for hatred and racism.
That is not true.....in the twisted minds of a very few, that may be the reason they uphold this
flag. But, as for me and most of those I know, it only serves to remind us of the south...proud
and brave...which we love so much.
I say we get over it, let it be. It has flown for hundreds of years and
we should be worrying more about other things that need abolishing like child abuse,
rapists who walk the streets freely, lying and cheating politicians, children
who are walking into schools and opening fire on their classmates, homelessness,
Cancer, Aids, unemployment, mothers who dump their newborns in garbage cans...and the list goes on.
Note: March 23, 2000
I posted this under My Babble....but it seems to fit here......
If you visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio....and dare to venture to
the 2 floors dedicated to rap and hip - hop, take special notice of some of the clothes
worn by these preformers. There is a shirt that proclaims in huge black letters: WHITE IS SOUR-
LONG LIVE BLACK POWER. There is another that says "Kill ALL the white people....but buy my record
first". And a hat that states HELL YEAH! I AM above the law!
Why weren't whites marching and picketing the Hall of Fame demanding that these demeaning items
be done away with? Why wasn't there people yelling on the National news to burn this tee shirt?
Someone, please tell me what is the difference? This offended me...and another couple that was right beside
us also commented on it.
What's good for the goose.............
The Confederate Civil War Re-Enactment Soldiers march in the local parade.
Fort Pulaski in Savannah, Georgia
Senoia, a town south of Atlanta, made famous in the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes".
One of the many back roads of Georgia in the fall.....
Taken at Saint Simons Island
The Okefenokee Swamp.
A residential street in Macon...notice the Cherry Blossoms :)