Skip to main content

View Diary: Open thread for night owls: 'Accidental Racist,' Brad Paisley and the Confederate flag (94 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  While I attended LSU (7+ / 0-)

    There was an annual debate about the confederate flag since a "purple and gold" (more like violet and yellow) version was made. Every year, students flew their flags with "Southern pride" and others wrote letters to the editor and held campus-wide protests.

    2006/2007 was the year everything got weird. I felt like there were more demonstrations and marches and letters and articles where passion on both sides of the fence was shown.

    I always viewed the people who flew it as ignorant. Ignorant of what it means to have "Southern pride". To me, it is more than recognizing our heritage. It is also learning from the mistakes of our ancestors. How can a Southerner value "a man's hard work and accomplishments" when we idolize a symbol of slavery?  The slave is awarded minuscule fractions of the fruits of his/her labor: only enough to barely allow them to subside and continue to toil the next day.

    If "Southern pride" was truly centered around the notion that a man is rewarded justly for his work, we would not idolize slavery. We would not fly the "stars and bars". We would have organized and joined the labor unions that fought vehemently to give a man his worth of silver for the sweat and blood he toiled.

    But people have always displaced their thoughts and emotions. And in the South, this largely thanks to those who had control of the message.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site