Most of the disagreement came from Southern slave owners. They thought that Douglass was crazy for wanting to abolish slavery and have total equality because that would cripple their income. These were the kind of men that were fighting, like Douglass and most Northerners, a war about slavery. Even though most men in the South owned and depended on slavery they had different motives for fighting in the war. Jim Kepler, a Confederate soldier, said, “Damn fool… He still thinks it’s about slavery” pg66.
Jesus Christ is one of the main figures of the Christianity religion branch. Jesus inspired many and was the son of God. He was perfect. Mostly everyone in the world knows that Jesus is an icon for the Christian faith and since over forty percent of the world’s population believes in Christianity, he is defiantly something many admire. There are an immense amount of places of worship called churches for Christians to praise Christianity.
There is a huge difference between people who look at the flag as a symbol of history compared to the hate groups who use the symbol of the flag as a racist sign. The Confederate flag can be seen in the background of many Klu Klux Klan meetings and still to this day the Klan can be seen flying the flag high with pride. These extremists openly express the conception that whites are supreme and degrade other ethnicities as something below themselves. “According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, more than 500 extremist groups use the Southern Cross as one of their symbols”
Natalie Smith Mr. Cline English 2H: 07 19 August 2015 Confederate Controversy When majorities of people see the Confederate flag they think it symbolizes racism, oppression, and even supremacy. The other portion of people say that the Confederate flag is a representation of heritage, history, and states’ rights. In my personal perspective no matter what faction you choose the flag was ascended at a particularly delicate time period. The period known as the ‘Civil War’, which was caused by two major divisions including States Rights’ and money. I do not agree that the removal of the Confederate flag would be necessary considering the fact that not only the South owned slaves but also the North was just as guilty.
The Confederate flag was used symbolically during the Civil War. To southerner’s, the flag represented a source of southern pride as well as a way of remembering the fallen Confederates. As the Civil War proceeded, the meaning of the flag began to change. Currently, the flag is being used as a symbol for racism. Due to this change in meaning, controversy over the flag has been exponentially growing.
Slavery is a sensitive area, but the flag does not reflect this. The war was about the South's right to make it's own laws, and to be free from the Union. There were many Black soldiers there in the Confederacy of their own will. They loved the South just as any white man. The flag means to harm to black people; it is there representing many lives of blacks who died in the war as well!
In Court Carney’s article, “The Contested Image of Nathan Bedford Forrest”, the purpose of it was to show the many different perceptions of Forrest throughout the century, during the war and after his death. There were variations in the adaption of Forrest's image throughout time. For example, after the embarrassment of the Civil War, the South desperately needed a hero. They saw Forrest as a hero and honorable soldier. African Americans disliked Forrest because he was a slave trader and the leader of Ku Klux Klan and his actions at Fort Pillow generated the Northern hatred towards Forrest.
A place that has proved to be troublesome is the Mississippi state flag. Although this was a problem in the past it is still relevant in the present because the Confederate flag debates are recurring issues. The debate on whether or not to take the battle flag off of the Mississippi flag in 2001 was voted on by the population of the whole state. Jonathan Leib, writer of “Black, White or Green? The Confederate Battle Emblem and the 2001 Mississippi State Flag Referendum” said, “many southern whites interpret the battle flag as representative of the honorable struggle by their ancestors in the Civil War, seeing the flag as a proud symbol of heritage”(Leib).
It’s spirit of sacrifice and nobility, and the patriotism demonstrated by the men who fought under it is often acknowledged and demonstrated through the public display of the Confederate Flag. The debate of which I write stems from the display, by certain state governments, of the Confederate Battle Flag both in its original form and i... ... middle of paper ... ...rs, but also the generations of blacks who have suffered persecution. Persecution at the hands of people who wave the flag as a weapon of hatred; a sword that still cuts deeply today. These state governments recognize that these symbols are unwanted by a large portion of their population, or at least realize that bad publicity does them no good, and that it is necessary to change. I don’t see the Confederate Flag issue being resolved any time soon; as long as the different groups attach different meanings to the flag, they always have different opinions as to whether or not it should be displayed.
These words do not even compare to the hatred of the Ku Klux Klan. Klan members would often resort to vigilantism and violence to rid African Americans of their society. For many years this organization instilled fear among African Americans in the United States. Still after reconstruction efforts and the civil rights era the Ku Klux Klan continues to be an immoral issue and a problem in modern day America. The Ku Klux Klan, commonly referred to as the KKK or simply the Klan, dates back to the immediate days after the civil war according to Carnes Nightriding with the Klan (103).