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anonymous asked:

Alright, I need a stable argument to argue why the Confederate flag is racist because people on Facebook are just being SO STUPID I'M DEAD INSIDE

In the declarations of secession from the Union, some Southern states expressly mentioned slavery as a reason for their departure.

“… an increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding States to the institution of slavery, has led to a disregard of their obligations …” South Carolina wrote in its declaration.

The state of Mississippi aligned itself with slavery right off the top of its declaration:

“Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery – the greatest material interest of the world.”

Georgia named slavery in the second sentence of its declaration.

After the Civil War ended, the battle flag actually only turned up here and there only rarely – and only at events to commemorate fallen soldiers.

The only reason the flag exploded in popularity was during the fight for civil rights for black Americans, in the middle of the 20th century (You know, that whole civil rights movement?).

The first burst was in 1948. South Carolina politician Strom Thurmond ran for president under the newly founded States Rights Party, also known as the Dixiecrats. The party’s purpose was clear: “We stand for the segregation of the races,” said Article 4 of its platform.

At campaign stops, fans greeted Thurmond with American flags, state flags – and Confederate battle flags.

But desegregation progressed.

As it passed milestones like the Supreme Court ruling on Brown vs. Board of Education, which gave black American children access to all schools, the Confederate battle flag popped up more and more as a protest against the civil rights being rightfully given to people of color.

So yeah, the confederate flag is incredibly racist.

“React how you want. Any energy you got is good energy. You know the confederate flag represented slavery in a way – that’s my abstract take on what I know about it. So I made the song ‘New Slaves.’ So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It’s my flag now. Now what are you going to do?” - Kanye West


July 19 2015 - The KKK went to Columbia, South Carolina to protest the removal of the confederate flag in front of the statehouse. They were easily outnumbered 10 to 1 by counter-protesters, forcing the police, who were there in large numbers to protect the racists to cut their demonstration short by an hour. Some of the racists who found themselves without police protection were taught a lesson, and a large number of confederate flags were stolen and disposed of. [video]/[video]/[video]/[video]/[video]

Major U.S. Flag Makers To Stop Making Confederate Flags

Ending Sales Of Confederate Flag Merchandise Are:

  • Walmart
  • Amazon
  • Sears
  • eBay
  • The Valley Forge Flag Co

The long-running debate over displaying the Confederate flag on government buildings took a swift turn after last week’s massacre in Charleston, which left nine African-Americans dead in their church. The shooter, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, has confessed to the murders and has said he wanted to instigate a “race war.” One widely circulated photo of the shooter holding a gun and a Confederate flag has stirred intense outrage. Critics of the flag quickly called on South Carolina to take down what is widely viewed as a symbol of racism.

Sales of three versions of the flag were up 1,670% to 2,305% over a period of 24 hours, according to Amazon data. One of those flags, priced at $1.80 plus shipping, is currently the ninth best-selling item in the Patio, Lawn & Garden department and the top-selling item among all outdoor flags and banners sold on Amazon.

SHANGHAI – The debate about the future of the Confederate flag could have a knock-on impact in China, the world’s biggest producer of flags and related items. 


“Moral cowardice requires choice and action. It demands that its adherents repeatedly look away, that they favor the fanciful over the plain, myth over history, the dream over the real. Here is another choice.

Take down the flag. Take it down now.

Put it in a museum. Inscribe beneath it the years 1861-2015. Move forward. Abandon this charlatanism. Drive out this cult of death and chains. Save your lovely souls. Move forward. Do it now.”



Yes, that flag is racist.

“The foundations of our new government are laid, its cornerstone rests upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race is his natural and moral condition.”

–Alexander Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy

Don’t tell me that the Confederate flag isn’t racist. Don’t tell me it’s all about southern pride when it represents a treasonous government with an incredibly racist ideology.