What does this represent to you?
This represents the South to me.
This represents the South’s states’ rights and freedom.
This represents a dark period in American history.
This is something that represents the South’s history.
The Civil War history.
This flag and the “Stars and Bars” and the “Stainless Banner” and the “Blood-stained Banner” and the Confederate Flag pictured above were the flags that flags that represented the southern state’s binding together as a union to come together against the north.
I am not for slavery. This is not what the flag represents.
Yet, it is being taken down by states because of Dylann Roof shooting Nine people in the Charleston Church. The people are resting in peace because of Dylann. Yes, Dylann was racist. But, that doesn’t mean that the rest of the south feels the same way. Our flag is what represents us. Why is it being taken down? The people who fly it aren’t racist. Actually, I have seen black people flying the same flag. So, why is it being taken down?
Also, Alabama’s Governor (Robert Bentley) made the effort to take down the Confederate Flag that was in front of the Confederate Memorial, today. Now, please tell me how you have a Confederate Memorial without the very flag that represents the Confederacy? How does that work?
You know what the Confederate Flag also represents? The 750,000 men that lost their lives in this Civil War. It represents the very war that they lost their life in. The Union had 360,222 men and the Confederacy had 258,000 men. What did those men die for? For their lives to be lost and their deaths to be walked on because of the “controversy” of the flag? Were their deaths a controversy too?
The flag being taken down DOES NOT make what Dylann did any better. The flag being taken down is NOT going to take away the racist killers out there. I know people that are racist but if they ever decide to kill people, the flag being down isn’t going to help them to not kill people. Last time I checked, people don’t kill because of flags. On that note, guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Sorry that was a side note.
We call it the “rebel flag.” Why do we call it that? Because The South rebelled. The South (notice how I said “the south” not “We”) wanted slavery and The North (also called “The Union”) didn’t want slavery. So, The South rebelled. Thus, the rebel flag.
The Rebel Flag is our history. Our heritage. Not a symbol of racism.