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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Senator Lindsey Graham better hire a media adviser - the ugly Dixie flag must go

Senator Lindsey Graham - Republican of South Carolina, has certainly missed the point regarding his wrong minded opinion to defend the continued display of the ugly Confederate Dixie Flag.

First of all, the ugly red flag is a tired and useless image. Rather, it's symbolic of a terrible period in American history.

In 1860, or thereabouts, the Dixie flag served the purpose of identifying the Confederate states from those of the United States during the tragic American Civil War. After the war, this symbol of slavery, revolution and racism should've been burned and abandoned. 

Of course, free speech advocates were able to create the opportunity to keep the symbolic Confederate flag relevant, in spite of General Lee's surrender of the Confederacy on April 9, 1865, in Appomattox Count House, Virginia.

General Lee surrenders in Appomattox, VA

Senator Graham says the problem with the Charleston South Carolina murderous rampage by a crazy racist gunman named Dylann Roof, was because of his zealous and hateful opinions. In fact, Lindsey says the Confederate flag had nothing to do with Roof's opinions.  

Perhaps, for the purpose of discussion, let's give Graham's opinion a chance. Perhaps Dylann Roof would've perpetrated his evil and hateful murders at the AME church in Charleston, where 9 innocent people were gunned down, regardless of the existence of the ugly red Confederate flag.

Even if the ugly Dixie flag had no influence on Roof's hateful evil, the fact is, the racism, evident in the Confederate image, has been treated, over the years, like it's an alternative to the United States America red white & blue flag.  

Given how the ugly Dixie flag is immersed in the cult of racism, it's time to destroy this anachronism, once and for all.  Destroying the Dixie flag by removing it from public buildings is the right thing to do and Senator Graham is wrong to defend it.  

Some people claim the Dixie flag, is symbolic of Southern culture and history; but, it's also representative of the practice of slavery. People, like Roof, seem to feel there's value in defending the ugly Dixie flag, like it's somehow relevant to our human condition. But it's not. Rather, the ugly Dixie flag is a symbol of a defeated Confederacy as demonstrated on On April 9, 1865, after four years of Civil War. This war caused approximately 630,000 deaths and over 1 million casualties. As a result of the failed Confederacy revolt to secede from the United States, General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia to Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant, at the home of Wilmer and Virginia McLean, in the rural town of Appomattox Court House, Virginia.

Given what we know about how the ugly Dixie flag represents racism, rather than heritage, the symbol of the Confederacy should have been abandoned on April 9, 1865.

Nevertheless, it's not too late to do what's right. Let's eliminate the ugly Dixie flag from all public buildings and from being printed on government documents.  Confederacy was defeated in 1865 and it's simply irrelevant to display the ugly Dixie flag, except as an artifact worthy of desecration.

Senator Lindsey Graham is on the wrong side of the ugly Dixie flag issue and he badly needs for somebody to tell him so.

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