The Symbol Of The Flag

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There is nothing wrong with showing support to your homage, but we need to be respectful about it. It is perfectly stated when a man named Kirk Mayes, who has spoken out against the claims made by haters of the flag says, “The Confederate flag symbolizes racial oppression, but also pride in the South for many Southerners. It really is a symbol of the past. Today, it 's about moving forward. We have to kind of be open to the spirit of forgiving. Not embracing its symbolism of hatred, but recognizing its relevance,” said Mayes. You have to be respectful of both sides of the Flag no matter how you view it. To me, after doing all my research into the topic and the re purposed image of the Flag, I feel as if the “White Privilege” flag doesn’t truly represent the flag whatsoever. Having a few groups of people use the flag with hatred towards other ethnicities doesn’t make the Flag itself racist at all because inanimate objects have no opinions and these opinions are based on the person viewing it. A main disruption with the flag and its confusion of symbols used as a racist sign primarily comes from Hate groups that have co-opted the use of the Confederate flag. 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” (Brunn... ... middle of paper ... ...h other, and with both sides of each symbol at a standstill argument, the beauty of a symbol is truly in the eye of the beholder. All in all, it is truly difficult to end the paper by saying I have concluded that the definite answers to the repurposed symbols of America and Confederacy are blank, because the symbols that are being repurposed themselves, are so intricate with no writing, that the answer could be widely skewed from the next. I have tried to present a valid range of perspectives and narratives of repurposed images of symbols of the south in a balanced way to play the role of devils advocate in my research. Being in the midst of the drama unfolding in todays society, It will be interesting to see how the symbols of the south, and even the racist sports team logos across America evolve with the fast changing times of today. Only time will tell.
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