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You have the right to fly your rebel flag but that doesn't mean you should

By: Lacy Hilliard
Tomahawk Staff Writer/Photographer

United States forces off the coasts of California and Alaska intercepted Russian bombers as Americans celebrated their Independence. Nine members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, South Carolina were murdered by a crazed racist just after he was welcomed by their pastor. A bigoted fool with an offensive toupee has made a bid for the White House. However, all aforementioned stories pale in comparison to the ghastly revelation currently sending a shockwave all throughout the country. Get your rebel flags ready, folks. The time to fight for America has begun.

The American Civil War ended in 1865; however, as of late, some citizens in the southern United States are fighting for the right to fly the confederate flag in front of government buildings. Support for the cause can also be witnessed locally as pickup trucks all across Johnson County adorned with oversized confederate flags cruise tenaciously through town.
The aspect of these protests that bothers me the most is the content. With so many tragedies in the world commonly going unnoticed, I find it disheartening to see so many coming out in droves to support something so ridiculous.

The Civil War was about slavery. It’s really that simple. Supporters love to tout “State’s Rights” as the reason the south chose to secede the union but anyone with an elementary understanding of American history knows that simply isn’t true. In Mississippi’s declaration of succession it was stated, ““Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery — the greatest material interest of the world … a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization” whereas the great state of Texas wrote, “We hold as undeniable truths that the governments of the various States, and of the confederacy itself, were established exclusively by the white race, for themselves and their posterity; that the African race had no agency in their establishment; that they were rightfully held and regarded as an inferior and dependent race, and in that condition only could their existence in this country be rendered beneficial or tolerable.”

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