When I was about 10 years old, my father and I sat at the kitchen table and drew a family chart with a chewed and nubby old #2 pencil and a sheet of notebook paper. I still have that paper, yellowed and creased. It was the start of a life long hobby and one of the greatest gifts my father gave me. I study the Allen family of Wake County, NC, the Davis family of Granville County, NC, the Stancil and Johnson families of Johnston County, NC and all their collateral lines.
July 10, 2016
It was a Nation's Flag
Forgive me. I ask you right up front. Forgive me.
Why? Cause I'm about to express my opinion about the Confederate flag. Politically incorrect, I know. And I also know I'm a little late to the party, as usual. But here we go....
Let me just say that I do not get the defilement around this flag. It was once our country's flag, for those who lived in the south, even though that entity ceased to exist 130 years ago. Still.
It was a nation's flag. Not a symbol of hate or ignorance. While I - like most everyone else - abhor the slavery of another human being, it's not totally about the south's desire to keep slaves, although that was indeed an economic issue and the driving force of the War Between the States.
Further, I totally agree it should NOT be flown above the South Carolina State House. That place of honor should be reserved for the United States Flag. What are those hillbillies thinking?
I get just a tiny bit offended when I read of the desire to erase this flag from our memories and our nation's history. I identify so strongly as a southerner. This flag is a large piece of my family's story which I've spent nearly 30 years trying to piece together. It's part of my own personal history, thanks to my many ancestors who served in the Confederacy.
It infuriates me that this flag has been so abused and misused by organizations of hate, like the Klan. Neither should it be an emblem in the Civil Rights Movement, in my small but strong opinion OR the mascot of Ole Miss being waved furiously at football games, for Heaven's sake.
It was a flag that once represented a nation, an idealism, and the ole genteel South. It's part of our past and present culture. Why do we need to assign any other premise of semiotics to it?
Answer: We don't.
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