Civil War, Confederate flag not about slavery

Friday, August 6, 2010

Southern Heritage, what’s the first term that comes to your mind when this is said?

Fried food, large plantation houses, Southern hospitality, friendly people and Confederate flag are some terms that might come to your mind when you think of the term. All educated people associate those with good things in their mind. The less fortunate, uneducated people associate all those words in a good way, except for the Confederate flag.

The uneducated side of this argument will say the Confederate states were racist, egotistic white supremacists. They also believe the Civil War was over slavery. This has to be one of the biggest lies we face today in American history. When Abraham Lincoln addressed Congress over why he wanted to go to war, it had nothing to with ending slavery. He said in context that he wanted a united union and it to be one nation. Confederate states wanted freedom, to separate from the union and had different ideas for an economy. Article 1 Section 1&2 of the Constitution gave them the right to separate from the Union.

The term Civil War is even inaccurate. A civil war is when one part of a country is trying to overthrow the government to create a new government. The Southern states did not want to overthrow the U.S. government; they just fought for their freedom that the Constitution gave them.

Our high schools and colleges today are marking the Confederate flag as a racist symbol. When I was at Greenwood High School two years ago, they said it was a racist symbol. The Southern states might have had slavery but so did Northern states, but the War Between the States was not over slavery.

Today’s classrooms need to teach what is right, not what’s on a political agenda.

Andrew James
Bowling Green