There is a bizarre tussle going on currently in the United States of America to stop officials flying the Confederate "battle" flag, see above, over government buildings in the Deep South. According to the protesters it is "racist", a symbol of black slavery. This is very strange because until recently it was a very common and innocuous symbol that could be seen all over the world. In fact outside the
States the Confederate flag was regarded
almost as much a symbol of America
as the Stars and Stripes. When I was a child there was a pop music show called No Limits which had a section on the
American charts and it illustrated the segment of the show with the Confederate
flag. It often decorated the leather jackets of motorcycle enthusiasts and fans
at rockabilly concerts, and it was stencilled on the roof of "General
Lee", the doorless mode of transport favoured by the two brothers in the
TV series The Dukes of Hazzard. I
don't think I was wrong to assume that the flag was a popular generic symbol
for everything connected to the Deep South, from iced
tea to river boats. Some states have laws to protect it as a cultural icon. According
to a 2011 U-Gov poll 58% of Americans felt no negative reaction to the
Confederate flag at all and 9% actually liked it; statistically those figures
must include people of non-Caucasian racial and cultural backgrounds. So why suddenly
is it the new Swastika?
The Confederate flag today is an informal standard and has no national officialdom. The only time it did was when it was the military pennant of the self-styled Confederate States of
a union of secessionist "Rebel" states that existed from 1861 until
1865. The Confederacy covered an area whose primary industry was cotton grown
in slave labour plantations. The Confederacy was crushed in the extremely bloody and
destructive American Civil War which resulted in the deaths of almost a million
soldiers and also many non-combatants. A scorched earth policy followed leaving
many Southerners violated, homeless and impoverished. Women were regularly
raped and houses were burnt to the ground. Southern lands and assets were
stolen by "carpetbaggers". This is why the film Gone with the Wind is such a milestone because it tells the story
of the war from the perspective of the losing side. I've since learned that the
losers' story has been ignored in other wars as well, see: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/hellstorm-movie.html.
We are told that the US
government wiped out the Confederacy because it "cared about the slaves!".
Anybody who studies history and politics must realize that this claim is insulting
nonsense. It was greatly to their discredit that the Southern states and the
Confederacy allowed slavery. At the beginning of the 19th century slavery had
been abolished by an international treaty and the South broke that treaty.
However the South and Confederacy were only unique because they maintained
slavery for a few decades after everybody else had reluctantly abandoned it.
It's a sad fact that before the 19th century just about every society on Earth
had slavery in one form or another. Contrary to popular belief, it was not just
the white man who was guilty. Slave economies could be found across the Middle
East and into Africa. Black people in some
parts of Africa enslaved each other. Many of the African
slaves who were sent to the west were rounded up by their fellow Africans and
sold. India was
the biggest offender, and it still is; over a hundred million people still live
in financial bondage there, that's more than the population of the UK.
During the 19th century the United States
experienced mass immigration from Ireland,
Poland and many
other European countries. These people were forced to live in abject poverty in
housing worse than southern slave quarters. These people were technically not
slaves; they were free to leave any time they liked, but as a pundit at the
time put it: "An empty belly is a darn good reason to stay." To
suggest that the Confederate flag is nothing more than a symbol of slavery is
hypocritical, defamatory and false. I suspect that the current controversy over
the modern use of the Confederate flag is engineered by cultural Marxist think
tanks. I've written many times about other similar events where conflict,
resentment and division are deliberately whipped up out of nothing, see
background links below. This is a form of mind control and we must resist it.
So please fly the Confederate flag if you want to. Don't let anybody stop you;
it's completely harmless.
See here for background: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/discrimination-against-christians-2.html.http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/sexist-comet-shirt.html.