I am disappointed about Amazon's, Wal-mart's, and Ebay's decision to remove items containing the Confederate Flag from items available for purchase on its site. I, first and foremost as an AMERICAN, and secondly as a black man, who also happens to be a veteran find it abhorrent that a company with quite possibly the largest customer base in the United States would ban an item that many hold close and dear to their hearts. As a Virginian, I recognize the role Virginia played in the Confederacy. As a student of history, I know and understand the reasons, that led to the Civil War. For those unaware, it was not fought over slavery, the freeing of slaves was a bi-product of the war. While slavery may have been a concern to the South due to its dependency on the practice for commerce, the North's hostilities against the South were not to free the slaves, but to hold together the Union. In other words, without secession due to the feeling that State rights were being violated, the North would not have fought to end slavery. Would slavery have ended. Most definitely, as it was ending in other developing nations. What most people do not have the ability to fathom in their minds is that every country has its growing pains as does any child. We live and grow in knowledge; and we improve. While I believe that that Louis Farrakhan is unpatriotic and in my opinion should go live elsewhere if he hates the United States so much; I think he may have a point......at least that would jive with what many people are saying today in regards to removing the confederate flag. American forefathers fought Great Britain under the American Flag as it existed then for essentially the right to administrate the colonies as they saw fit. Those of the South fought the North for the same reason.
What many people also miss is that there were plenty of blacks that served in the Confederate army. Many with the same promises that some blacks in the North served prior to the Emancipation Proclamation: the promise of freedom. Do you think slavery did not exist in Northern states? The difference was while it existed, the North wasn't as dependent on it as was the South. That's not to say it was right (for those of you thinking that I am justifying the bondage of my forefathers, I am simply stating fact). Therefore, it was easier for the North to take the approach it did on slaveholding. Again, as a student of history and with a little common sense I can understand this.
For all intents and purposes, the South existed as a sovereign nation for the period during with the Confederate States of America existed. It had a president and legislative body......and the Confederate Flag was its flag. Those weren't just the battle colors of the Confederacy. For those who respond that the secession was not legal, the decision that it was not legal did not come until after the civil war. Until then, the thought was that the states were independent yet united as one.
I have never been offended by the flag. Not while I was in high school, not while in the service, and not while driving around my home state of Virginia. To be offended by the flag is to exhibit ignorance of its true meaning and fall into the trap of fearing its use by those who later twisted its meaning in their attempts to continue to subjugate blacks. May I also add that those who have done so more often than not were representative of the democrat party. Now instead of subjugating us through fear and violence, it is done through forced dependency and constant false promises to not only blacks, but anyone attempting to climb out of the pits. You can make it....but only so far before they decide to take back. Anyway, those last couple of sentences are a rant for another day. I ask that anyone reading this take the time to truly understand your history. Whether you are black, white, hispanic, Asian, or something else, history is to be learned from and understood less it be repeated. Banning this flag is equivalent to censorship. Remember the book burnings. Are we trying to erase history. How can we determine that the Confederate Flag is bad because it was created in response to concerns in the past to States Rights, and therefore ban it. Yet, the same stores will sell shirts, posters, and other items with the likes of Che Guevara, Stalin, and others who not only were horrible individuals. Che hated blacks and Stalin killed tens of millions. Yet we focus on the use of a symbol born in not of ill will but twisted in to such to target our political correctness assaults.
Here is what I think should be done. Create a shirt with the Confederate Flag and American Flag crossed on the back. On the front, put two Union Soldiers and two Confederate Soldiers, one black one white for each. I'll rock that shirt. I admit, I am a conservative. BUT, I am also black. For those of you who think I have lost my focus; my only focus is to see our young men and women succeed in life....whether black, white, or any other race. I am an American. I think that ll parties involved in attempting to ban this flag are doing so either in ignorance or with ill intent.
I think that all parties involved in attempting to ban the flag are acting in either ignorance or with ill intent.
For those who like to read, look for: Why I Wave the Confederate Flag, Written by a Black Man: The End of Niggerism and the Welfare State By Anthony Hervey
I have been told I can return for full refund. But not post office. So where do I go?
We see who is racist now. Take down the confederate flag Dumb asses. And cant sell one on ebay now. What the hell
I tried to sell one item on eBay with payment via PayPal. As soon as the buyer received the item, she reversed the payment (so I am out over $100) AND eBay is charging me 10% of the transaction. It's in dispute resolution which can take months without any sure result.
Never again. This has been a completely horrible experience.