The shallowness of certain elements in this country is deep! I am talking about those who have taken on the confederate flag issue again. Let no opportunity slide for these people, any tragedy is food for politics. The young white man who killed 9 blacks in their church during Bible study was surely a racist. The fact that he used a confederate flag on his website was just too much for liberals and, unfortunately, for shallow conservatives.
I can understand liberals and their shallowness but conservatives have jumped on the bandwagon of political correctness so hard, that I fear that conservative politicians can no longer be trusted to take a real stand against other issues which may go against the PC crowd. We all understand that the confederate flag is offensive to some people, after all, the cross of Calvary is offensive to atheists, especially if on government land! But this move against the confederate flag is ridiculous and funny in a way.
It would be even funnier except the wave of emotion against the flag at this time illustrates the bullying aspect of society, especially through social media and the press, and maybe illustrates even a totalitarian characteristic! When I look t the totality of all the reactions all I can say is that somehow, magically, history has brought all these groups to the point where the “light” has turned on and now we “see”.
The confederate flag must be a causal factor in race violence and it has to come down from the SC statehouse grounds and then the world will be right as far as racism is concerned. After all, just looking at that flag just produces all kinds of hateful thoughts and drives vulnerable people to senseless acts of violence—or you would think given the irrational response geared towards its removal.
But we should not be fooled, once this is done more will follow even though one pundit said that even though the flag may come down from the statehouse grounds, people can still fly it in their own homes. Yeah, right, that will work until these same people who hate the flag begin to complain about seeing it in yards and then towns and cities will make rules to have those removed.
This is a dangerous time for freedom! What I see troubling about this is not so much the law, yet, but it is the bullying aspect of this whole reaction. Where is our reason? Companies are lining up to proclaim they will not sell or promote confederate products any more, license plates are being changed, flags of other states are being changed, etc., etc., etc.!
These entities are hypocrites of the highest magnitude! Why didn’t they see this on their own before? Why did it take this mass murder to cause these changes? These groups caved in so easily, what else will they cave into next? Will all things that somehow are “highlighted” by the PC crowd as being offensive, will they be targets next? Senator McConnell of Kentucky said the statue of Jefferson Davis should be removed from his state. Do we remove all symbols of the confederacy now? How far does this go? I am afraid with the irrationality already shown, anything is possible!
Unfortunately for the PC crowd and all those weak leaders who have jumped on this bandwagon, not all people who like and fly the confederate flag are racists. That is hard to believe for some liberals but they just can’t seem to understand that. The liberals’ assessment of what the flag actually means is not the only assessment!
But the flag is an easy target to pick on and it also gives a good feeling that “progress” is being made towards race relations. This is the another ridiculous attitude which is being shown—but it is just pseudo-progress, nothing but a tempest in a teapot, a victory with no real substantive change in race relations but does set a dangerous pathway towards other “offensive” things and how totalitarian certain elements of our society can act.
Juxtaposition is a neat word and is applicable here. Bring two or more things beside each other and compare. In the middle of all this flag business you had President Obama comment again on race relations because of this mass murder and during his comments he said the word “nigger”.
You would thought the world was going to end with all the furor that took place from that. How dare the president to say that word! Never mind rap stars use it regularly in songs, but that is another matter. So Don Lemon of CNN brings a sign with “nigger” written on it to try to illustrate that we can actually pronounce the word without the world falling apart. But the PC crowd would have none of that and so tremendous resources of time and energy are being spent talking about the word “nigger”.
Meanwhile (or juxtaposed alongside these debates)—scores of young black youths are killing each other on the streets of our major cities, thousands are being arrested for drugs, 70% or so of black children are born in fatherless situations, black children are among the poorest, with less chance of getting ahead in life. But by God–tear down that flag all across the land and condemn those who say the word “nigger”, let all the companies take their brave stand and declare, “No more confederate products for us!” Let’s remove Jefferson Davis’ statue from McConnell’s vision! Let’s call all those southerners who love the flag racists and put them in their place! Let’s browbeat all those who go against the grain of the PC/Liberal crowd—and at the end of the day we can bask in great accomplishments made in the name of progress, but what would we have really accomplished? Absolutely nothing!! None whatsoever!
No change in the ills of the black community mentioned above will result. But people will feel empowered (shallowness is deep), an “accomplishment” will have occurred. This whole saga reminds me of the complaint that Christ had towards the Pharisees in the New Testament book of Matthew 23:24, the Pharisees had followed the Jewish law in massive detail but they failed to follow the main principles of that same law, they tithed everything, even herbs of the garden, but they failed to follow justice and mercy. Christ illustrated their “backwards” ways as swallowing a camel but straining at a gnat. Today, society has ignored the real problems of the black community, the camel, and have instead concentrated on things that really mean nothing, the gnat. The flag issue is the gnat! South Carolina—keep the flag flying!