On June 24, 2015, I wrote of the importance of the Confederate Flag. In that commentary I predicted that the removal of the flag would lead to “unintended consequences”. My belief was (and remains) that tying the knee-jerk removal of the flag to the racist church murders in South Carolina unjustly labels all Southerners as racist. While the flag was placed in the 1960s on South Carolina government grounds in opposition to desegregation, the flag has much greater historical meaning than racism for many Southerners.
Unfortunately, my prediction is coming true. The “politically correct” knee-jerk response has destroyed the homeostasis that had been reached between those still experiencing the effects of generational toxic stress: The descendants of slaves and the descendants of black and white Southerners who lost the Civil War.
Colleen Conley (TPPN, 7/19/15) reported, “Heated clashes erupted between members of the Ku Klux Klan and the New Black Panther Party on Saturday as both groups rallied at the South Carolina statehouse.
“White supremacists came out in force to condemn the Governor Nikki Haley’s decision to remove the Confederate Flag in the aftermath of the brutal killing of nine blacks at a church by a 21-year-old racist, Dylann Roof.
“400 people members of the New Black Panther Party also marched at the capitol, countering the KKK protest.
“Confederate flags were stolen, ripped up and burned to cheers and applause from the New Black Panther demonstrators, while KKK members stood on the steps of the capitol performing Nazi salute.” Injuries were reported.
“The two groups protesting on Saturday had much different interpretations of what the Confederate Flag represents. An automated message on the Loyal White Knights’s answering machine said: ‘We will be at the statehouse in Columbia, S.C., standing up for our Confederate history and all the southerners who fought and died against federal tyranny.
Meanwhile Black Educators for Justice leader James Evans Muhammad, a former director of the New Black Panther Party, had his own gripes with the historic move.” He spoke about “white privilege.”
“Some Confederate flag bearers insisted they did not condone the KKK’s values but merely joined the KKK-organized rally to show their support for ‘Southern heritage’. Stan Stones, a Baptist minister, told MSNBC that the KKK ‘hijacked [the flag] in the mid-1950s, and they made it a symbol of hate.’ He added: ‘Southern heritage has nothing to do with hate – it has to do with honoring those who fought [in the Civil War].’
In my opinion, the Confederate Flag stands for a fight against tyranny. Given our current federal government, we might all need to be carrying some version of the Confederate Flag in the very near future.