Last week it appears that the issues of racism and gun violence have come to an ugly head. The Charleston church shooting was born out of one individual’s hatred for African Americans but maybe this incident reveals that there is a deeper problem within our culture, specifically southern culture. This shooting was a blatant attack and it’s apparent that this shooter got sucked into the notion that African Americans are less superior than him and thought this would spark a race war. After hearing about this on the news, it was revealed that in some southern states the Confederate flag flies high on flagpoles nearby some state capitols. It’s almost disgusting that the Confederate flag is prominently on display specifically in South Carolina especially after the shooting. Jon Stewart was absolutely correct when describing the flag as “racial wallpaper.”
The Confederate flag symbolizes racism in its purest form. Upon the first creation of this flag in the 1860’s, Confederate government issued a statement describing the meaning of this new Confederacy. It reads, “Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner-stone 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. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.” That was the mindset of the government that created the flag and promotes the subjugation of an entire race. The flag was being used after the war to supposedly display southern culture, as a whole, and it apparently has stuck around for years.
After WWII, some southern states stood behind the flag to promote segregation in society. They wanted to unite together to resist federal law outlawing segregationist policies and they did this under the symbolism of the Confederate flag. To many, this flag represents the sad history of slavery and segregation and is a figment of the past. It must be removed for southern society to completely heal from the sins of the past. Confederate flags should be placed in museums where the public can learn about the south during the civil war. It is shocking that many in the south believe that the flag represents southern pride but maybe it is time to change it and create an entirely new flag that represents southern solidarity. Flags representing subjugation and racial superiority should not be used anymore. Germany certainly does not display the flag of the Nazis, why do we still display the Confederate flag?