No, the Confederate flag arguments are not all a matter of opinion.
If you are educated on the matter as you suggest, you must know all about the Cornerstone Address. It was the speech in which the Vice President of the Confederacy, Alexander Stephens laid out the fundamental differences between the Union’s and the Confederacy’s constitutions.
Here is a quote from that address:
“Our new Government is founded upon exactly the opposite ideas; its foundations 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 normal condition.”
To suggest the Confederacy was built upon any other notion than white racial superiority is ignorance, willful ignorance, or trying to cover up racism for what it is.
That said, the Confederate flag as we know it isn’t even the national flag of the Confederacy. The flag in the debate is the Confederate Battle Flag, the one that was used in the heat of battle to differentiate between the two armies. This Confederate Battle Flag represents the Confederate Army and everything those soldiers were fighting and dying for. The main focus of why they were fighting for independence? The “right” to own slaves.
This isn’t a matter of opinion. This is historical fact. Liberals don’t assume all conservatives are white rednecks, just look at that twat Herman Cain. Liberals also don’t think all conservatives are uneducated. But the reason these stereotypes exist is due to the fact that many conservative arguments, especially in this particular debate, come from talking heads on Fox News or come from corporate conservativism.
I also find it entertaining that right after you claim Liberals make unfair judgement of Conservatives, you go on to say “Liberals are pretentious and argue based on emotions.” Hypocrisy at its finest.
Anyway, back to the point.
If a southern conservative wants to pretend the Confederate Battle Flag has any connection to culture or heritage, that is their right. But just because someone thinks it, doesn’t make it true. The historical facts don’t support that claim.
Let’s take away the fact the flag represents racial superiority for a moment. Now what does the flag represent?
The answer: Treason.
The Confederacy was the result of a bold and deliberate attempt to break up the Union and fight their own country. That, for all intents and purposes, is treason. The war which came about would cause the death of 620,000 Americans all because people wanted to own other people.
-Why would a flag representing treason against the United States be allowed to fly on Government buildings?
-Why would a flag which represents white racial superiority fly on government buildings?
-Why is this an argument at all if institutional racism is claimed to be dead?
If a person wants to fly the flag on their own property to show their blissful ignorance to the flag’s history or to show their racist colors, that is their right. But the flag which ripped this country apart over race has no place in the public square in contemporary America.
I sincerely hope you educate yourself further on the topic, because I can’t do it all here for you.