The Confederate Flag is symbolic and represents not only the Southern heritage and pride the people in the South have, but it also represents a part of history in the United States of America. It is not affiliated with slavery and segregation as many believe it to be. The Confederate Flag was a battle flag that was used to distinguish the troops that were carrying the American flag (the Union) and the rebellious Southern states (the confederacy). Recently, due to the shooting in the South Carolina at the church, the debate whether the Confederate Flag should be removed from establishment, particularly in the South, has become a huge issue. Many argue that the Confederate flag brings back horrible memories regarding racism, slavery and white supremacy.
Some people think that the Confederate flag has a power over some people that support it and it can cause behavior that Dylann Roof exhibited when he shot and killed nine African Americans. The flag is a powerful symbol that frightens people that oppose it because in their eyes it symbolises rebellion, segregation, and a dark history that does not need to be repeated. Many agree with Senator Vincent, when he said "this is a symbol, regardless of what you believe it means, that divides us, and we can 't afford to be divided anymore"(Murphy). Many people were devastated by the massacre and the flag was taken down from the Statehouse. Memorial sites tends to be a subject that is more personal than the other debates.
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.
Jim Kepler, a Confederate soldier, said, “Damn fool… He still thinks it’s about slavery” pg66. Many common people, including Frederick Douglass, thought that the Civil War was being fought over whether or not to abolish slavery. Some where fighting the war based off this cause, but other southern soldiers were fighting for a different cause. George Pickett, a Major General for the Confederate Army, said, “I think my analogy of the club was best. I mean, it’s as if we all joined a gentlemen’s club, and then the members of the club started sticking their noses into our private lives, and then we we up and resigned, and then they tell us we don’t have the right to resign.” pg 66 George Pickett gave this analogy depicting the American Government to show the true motive of why many of the Confederate soldier were fighting in the war.
Many feared that the KKK was too violent, General Meade was in charge of suppressing their power according to the Memphis Daily Avalanches' article "The Military and the Southern Secret Societies". Raids... ... middle of paper ... ...emacy of the white race" and in this time period membership skyrocketed and the beliefs that they had were often tolerated (Carnes 106). Soon the KKK would once again disband at the hands of the great depression and all the financial problems that came with it. The civil rights movement also dealt yet another crushing blow to what was left of the KKK. The KKK didn’t limit their intolerance to only African Americans.
The Civil War was partly about slavery. Therefore, many use the flag as a symbol of hatred towards people of different descent, especially African Americans. The idea that “negro is not equal to the white man,” or white supremacy, has caused many racist attacks (Coates, 2015). Most of these attacks have involved the presence of a Confederate flag. Recently, Dylann Roof committed a gruesome attack on nine African American congregants at their local church during a bible study (Henderson, 2015).
Confederate Racism The Confederate flag is a famous symbol of the South’s side in the American Civil War. The controversy surrounding this flag has received a great bit of media attention considering how deeply affected and offended some people have become. Southerners consider themselves to be personally affected. A majority of supporters state that banning the Confederate flag strips them of their heritage, referring to the South’s part in the American Civil War. Persons who do not support the continued showing of the Confederate flag, such as non-Southerners, African Americans, and many others say that while the flag is a symbol of southern history, much of the history in the South includes racial segregations, lynchings, and slavery.
Removing the flag from where it has stood for over 60 years would be like saying that all of those men had given their lives for naught. Perhaps it would not have been best for the South to have won the war, but we should respect and uphold the men who fought so bravely for their cause. The mistaken idea that the Civil War was about slavery is one of the many causes that the flag's right to be above the capitol is questioned. This mistaken idea often causes problems between the races of this state. Slavery was wrong.
Included would be a complete interpretation of the flag, all of the meanings it possesses, and how it has affected history for centuries For those who support the flag, an exhibit dedicated to teaching how the flag’s role has affected South Carolina history would be an understandable, yet questionable decision to make as the flag’s current placement caused no issues. However, this decision would be a step in the right direction. It would show how the flag symbolizes fallen soldiers that for some trace back to their family heritage and represents their southern pride. For those who are against the flag, this exhibit would mean no longer having to worry about the flag flying high and waving around the negativity it is perceived to carry. History and all of the events that have taken place are set in stone.
Tony scribbled in his notebook about conversations of lynching and swastikas while the brooding men threatened to beat him up. The bar patrons openly supported the KKK or Ku Klux Klan, a racist organization who uses violent tactics to suppress other races. The KKK calls themselves an American post-Civil War society, in their own twisted way they commemorate the Civil War. While reading I learned the state of Kentucky houses many active KKK members and rallies. The KKK is fighting their own war of sorts, against other races, specifically African Americans, and religions such as Judaism.