By Clint Johnson
Guest Columnist Clint Johnson defends the Confederate flag in the Winston-Salem (NC) Journal (below). Johnson is the author of eight books on the War for Southern Independence. You can purchase his books at tinyurl.com/lz7eo
FLAG: TAKING POLITICAL CORRECTNESS TOO FAR
By Clint Johnson
What else should we ban from public view other than the Confederate battle flag? Should we ban the Stars and Stripes? After all, it flew from the fantail of slave-carrying ships owned in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Old Glory is the official flag not only of the United States, but also of the Ku Klux Klan. Look at photos of the largest Klan march in history, in Washington in 1925. The only flag you see the Klansmen carrying is the United States flag. Not a single one of them is carrying the Confederate battle flag.
Should we ban all of our current money? The $1 bill bears the image of George Washington, a slaveholder. The $5 bill features Abraham Lincoln, the only president to suggest that all black people be forced to leave the United States and go to live in colonies he created in Haiti and what is now Belize. We must ban the $10 bill. That has Alexander Hamilton on it, the man who believed the United States should be set up like a monarchy. We have to burn all of the $20 bills. They picture Andrew Jackson, a slave owner who also shipped nearly all the Indians out of the Southeast.
Should we tear down the Washington Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial, all built to honor those racists, on our money?
Here’s an eye-opener at the end of college basketball season. Should we ban the nickname of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels? After all, that nickname stems from the Civil War, when North Carolina troops were known for "sticking" in line when attacked by Yankees. For a while, politically correct historians claimed that the nickname dated to the Revolutionary War, but it doesn’t. If it had, any number of companies would have adopted the nickname at the beginning of the Civil War as a symbol of their own presumed bravery. A search of early war records finds no use of Tar Heels, meaning the name originated during the war of 1861-1865.
Should we ban any display of the flag of Scotland, a white St. Andrews Cross over a blue field? It is the same design as the Confederate battle flag, which is a blue cross with white stripes on a red field. Should we ban tourists or immigrants from Scotland on the theory that they may be racists for having the St. Andrews cross on their flag?
Anything to do with the Confederacy is under ban threat now, according to the PC crowd, because all such reminders are "obnoxious," "offensive to minorities," "intimidating to minorities," etc.
Really? Since when did minorities get so soft that they would be intimidated by a red, white and blue flag? In the 1960s, black men, women and children bravely faced down more than a flag. They went up against white men armed with guns, fire hoses, dogs and police batons. Those black people changed the society in the South for the better and forever. Thanks to that dangerous work, blacks and whites now eat together, drink from the same water fountains, pal around together, date each other, go to church together, cheer each other at sporting events and have the same opportunities to compete for the same jobs.
But, our mostly white politically correct leaders tell us that black people are so intimidated when they see the Confederate battle flag, see a Confederate statue on a courthouse lawn, hear the song "Dixie," or even read the words "Confederate" and "Dixie" that they are running and hiding under their beds. According to the PC crowd, black people are trembling in fear and trepidation until a -usually white – PC leader can tell them the danger is past.
I am not kidding. The white president of Vanderbilt University tried to remove the word "Confederate" from a dorm because, he said, the mere sight of the word intimidated black students. In Sewanee, Tenn., the white president of the University of the South is trying to rename the university because he finds the word "South" offensive. In Florida, a white Yankee transplant is trying to change the name of Lee County because he hates Robert E. Lee, for whom the county was named. What the ignorant Yankee in Lee County doesn’t know is that Fort Myers, the county seat of Lee County, is named after Col. Abraham C. Myers, the Confederate quartermaster who came very close to being the first Jewish general in any army based in the United States.
One last question: Is it not the very definition of racism for white liberals to pat black people on the head and tell them that everything will be OK once they, white liberals, remove all offensive symbols from the sight of the black community? The black people I know and have known have never been afraid of anything, much less a flag, statue, song or word.