A Confederate battle is brewing in Mississippi. A cadre of athletes, authors, actors, musicians, business leaders and judges signed a letter calling for the removal of the Confederate insignia from the state’s flag. The letter appeared in a full-page ad in Sunday’s Clarion-Ledger newspaper. Mississippi’s state flag features three stripes, of red, white and blue, with the Confederate emblem in the top left corner. “It is simply not fair, or honorable, to ask black Mississippians to attend schools, compete in athletic events, work in the public sector, serve in the National Guard, and go about their normal lives with a state flag that glorifies a war fought to keep their ancestors enslaved,” the letter said. “It’s time for Mississippi to fly a flag for all its people.” Actor Morgan Freeman, quarterback Archie Manning, author John Grisham and musician Jimmy Buffet were among those who signed the letter. Mississippi last voted on changing the state flag in 2001, with the current form being retained by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. “Think of America in 1931 and then in 1945 – that’s 14 years, and a tectonic shift in national identity,” author Greg Iles, who signed the letter, told the Clarion-Ledger. “Think of 1961 and 1975. The confederate flag is no longer a viable state or national symbol in 2015.” Gov. Phil Bryant has noted the previous vote and said he has no plans to call a special session on the matter, according to the Clarion-Ledger. A newspaper survey of the state’s lawmakers found 64 supported changing the flag, 24 opposed it, nine were undecided and 96 wouldn’t respond.
Do you need to step away to vomit? I almost had to! The PC police and speech nazis have now targeted the great state of Mississippi with this crap. What a bunch of self-righteous, sanctimonious, arrogant, limousine liberal elitists talking down to us peasants and telling us what we should do, think, and say. The Civil War happened. Fact. Mississippi was part of the Confederate States of America (CSA) during that Civil War. FACT. The Civil War did NOT start because of slavery. It started as a state’s rights thing. FACT. The slavery component didn’t even enter into the picture until about 2 years into the fight. And, there were blacks who were IN the CSA army! There are many decedendants from CSA army vets that are proud of that heritage. FACT. Get over it! The state last revisited this issue in 2001, and determined by a 2-1 margin that they liked the flag as it is. So, kudos to Gov. Phil Bryant (R-MS) for blowing this issue off. More people like him need to stand up to this type of bullying by the liberal elitists who want to impose their history revisionism on America, and NOT jump on the bandwagon of political correctness.
The nation is experiencing a surge in political correctness, ramped up by continued controversy over the Confederate flag and other Civil War symbols, and renewed disagreements over the Washington Redskins team name. Are they simply cultural emblems with worthy historic legacies — or archaic symbols of racism and offense? Americans are divided, and the answers are not easy. Some are blaming a liberal agenda that they compare to the Taliban — just in time to fire up Democrats for the next election season. “The left is engaging in a nationwide witch hunt to erase history that they don’t like. They want to burn the Confederate flag, vandalize monuments and even dig up the bones of a general buried 111 years ago. That’s deranged, but it’s only the beginning. It is a coordinated effort targeting the Founding Fathers as well. Liberals want to remove Alexander Hamilton from the $10 bill and maybe even ax the Jefferson Memorial,” said Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture at the Media Research Center, a conservative watchdog. “The media are helping liberal social justice warriors in their Taliban-esque crusade of destruction. But neither group cares about any of this. It’s all about activating the liberal base in time for the election,” Mr. Gainor said. CNN correspondent Don Lemon, for example, recently suggested that the public “rethink” the Jefferson Memorial because Thomas Jefferson owned slaves. A PJ Media report released Tuesday revealed similar sentiments from respondents who questioned the validity of the American flag, the banner under which most African slaves were seized, or the capital city’s name of “Washington” (another slave-owning Founding Father). The Confederate flag matter has had far-reaching effects, even as the banner is being removed from use in entertainment venues and government sites. An artist-activist tried to take the flag down from its position at the South Carolina Statehouse herself, and the Memphis City Council voted Tuesday night to dig up the bodies of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife from their public grave and move them to a private site away from state honors. The rebel flag-clad General Lee automobile from “The Dukes of Hazzard” has been yanked from memorabilia shops and the show itself pulled from reruns. Now cultural critics in Minnesota and Massachusetts have flagged their own state flags as inappropriate, singling out the use of American Indians on the respective banners as offensive and out of touch. “While the current flag may represent a certain view and vision of the past, it does not reflect the values and sensibilities of Minnesotans today,” wrote Judith Harrington, an assistant professor of educational studies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, in a recent Minneapolis Star Tribune op-ed. Boston Globe columnist Yvonne Abraham said the Massachusetts flag is “no Confederate flag, but still pretty awful.” “This state was born and has thrived in part because of Native Americans’ massive losses. Our flag ought to reflect the huge debt we owe them. And a larger sense of who we are and want to be,” she wrote. The nation is still weighing the issues though. A Gallup poll released Wednesday reveals a distinctly partisan divide among those who say that the Confederate banner is a symbol of Southern pride versus those who say it is offensive. A majority of Americans — 54 percent — still believe the flag is a symbol of pride for Southerners; 78 percent of Republicans agree, compared with 32 percent of Democrats. Only 19 percent of black respondents agree, along with 64 percent of whites.
This whole history revisionism and political correctness crap makes me want to vomit! And it’s all being pushed by liberal special intrest groups wanting to further their own liberal agenda. They don’t care that it’s only further dividing a nation already divided more along racial lines than we’ve seen in a quarter century! In fact, they’re probably egging it on as they stand to gain from all of this nonsense. The Civil War happened. Fact. Slavery happened. Fact. Thomas Jefferson had slaves. Fact. There was a Confederate States of America (CSA) that encompassed much of the southern USA. Fact. And, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Americans are very proud of their southern heritage. Get over it.
The Marion County Commission in Central Florida unanimously agreed Tuesday to restore the Confederate flag at the McPherson Governmental Complex following public backlash over its removal two weeks ago. Towns throughout the South began removing the Confederate flag from public buildings following the June 17 church shooting of nine black congregants in Charleston, South Carolina. Interim county Administrator Bill Kauffman decided to remove the flag because of the “perceived connotations of displaying the flag at governmental agencies,” said county spokeswoman Barbra Hernandez, The Ocala Star-Banner reported. On Tuesday, residents showed up to the commission’s bi-monthly meeting to speak out about the decision. “I think this is the wrong move on behalf of whoever decided to do this,” one resident said, a local ABC affiliate reported. “It’s not about slavery, it’s about honor and pride,” another resident said. “That flag is a symbol of my heritage, a symbol of where I come from, the South,” said resident David Stone. “I want to see that beautiful flag put back on the flagpole where it belongs.” After hearing comments about the issue, the commission voted unanimously to put the Confederate flag back. “It’s a passionate issue on both sides,” said Commissioner Stan McClain. “What we’re trying to do is interpret the historical relevance of this display we have. It’s either take the whole thing down or use it as an educational tool.” The Marion County Commission said it will create a historical display so that people can understand the significance of the Confederate flag as well as the other flags flying in front of the complex, The Star-Banner reported. There was no one at the meeting Tuesday who spoke in support of removing the flag, ABC reported.
HAHAHA!! And that speaks volumes!! The good folks of Marion County, Florida are unimpressed with the current, fascist, politically correct trend sweeping our country to disparage the south, and southern heritage as represented by the Confederate flag. And, when they saw that some limp-wristed county bureaucrat had removed their flag, they didn’t stand for that, and demanded it be returned. Hopefully THAT will be a trend that continues throughout the south. Guess we’ll see…
As debate rages in South Carolina over the Confederate flag on its statehouse property, a majority of Americans see the rebel flag as a symbol of Southern pride, not a reminder of racism, according to a new CNN/ORC poll out Thursday. Public opinion is about where it stood 15 years ago, when the Palmetto State removed the rebel St. Andrew’s cross from the Capitol dome. But there is a stark racial divide on how the banner is perceived and what should be done about references to the Confederacy. Among all 1,017 adults participating, 57 percent said it’s a symbol of Southern pride, 33 percent called it more a symbol of racism and 5 percent said it’s both equally. Among whites, 66 percent said it symbolizes pride, while just 17 percent of African-Americans responded that way. In May 2000, 59 percent of Americans in the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll called the flag a point of regional and historical pride.
And keep in mind, this was a CNN poll. So, they polled their viewers which lean left already. If you throw in those who would watch Fox News, I’m sure those who think that the Stars and Bars represent heritage would go up exponentially.