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Flag Flap Flops, Media Flips?

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That last part was my attempt to extend the alliteration one more time, but it’s rhetorical in nature. As we know, the media generally doesn’t flip, they just bury the story down their memory hole. That’s one of the down sides of the electronic age. Except of course, when someone like Breitbart catches them.

Anyway, over the last couple of weeks, since the multiple murders in Charleston, South Carolina were suddenly labeled “Right Wing Terrorism”, the media, the Democrats, and the typically weak kneed Republicans have all bent over backwards to label the Confederate Battle Flag as a racist rallying cry. It must, MUST, be eliminated from the American consciousness.

The Media, the Democrats (really the same thing) and as I said weak kneed Republicans, all agree. It must be so, correct?

Not so fast.

CNN did a poll and found that American’s opinions of the Confederate Battle Flag are essentially unchanged since their last poll 15 years ago. CNN, not Fox News, not some right wing group, CNN.

Poll: Majority sees Confederate flag as Southern pride symbol, not racist

Washington (CNN)American public opinion on the Confederate flag remains about where it was 15 years ago, with most describing the flag as a symbol of Southern pride more than one of racism, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. And questions about how far to go to remove references to the Confederacy from public life prompt broad racial divides.

The poll shows that 57% of Americans see the flag more as a symbol of Southern pride than as a symbol of racism, about the same as in 2000 when 59% said they viewed it as a symbol of pride. Opinions of the flag are sharply divided by race, and among whites, views are split by education.

Interesting numbers in the poll, you should read the entire article. There is a distinct divide along racial and educational lines. There also appear to be two issues. One is flying the Confederate Battle Flag on government property, the other is private entities not using the Confederate Battle Flag on property or merchandise.

As a side note, as this isn’t a part of my heritage, it’s not my battle. Other than, of course, the left’s ongoing mission to restrict free speech under the guise of “offensive speech”. Which if you’re even remotely aware of the issue, is what the First Amendment is all about.

It’s not my son’s heritage either, even though he lives, as he says, in the most conservative county in the most conservative state in the country. He tells me that since this started, there are more Confederate Battle Flags being displayed than before. Apparently people down there considered it heritage and history and neither has anything to do with racism or slavery. Which brings up the point that black people are far more accepted and integrated into society down in the south than they are in the north. Ironic, isn’t it?

Aside from that, there is the silly media response of taking a TV series off the air because one of the props has a Confederate Battle Flag painted on it. Or banning what is considered one of the great movies of Hollywood’s Golden Age because it was sympathetic to the Confederate cause. Does that mean that any movie or TV show that includes views not hostile to the Confederacy must be expunged from the public consciousness?

If that’s the case, I demand that anything named for Robert Byrd, the late racist Senator from West Virginia be renamed. Most people don’t know that West Virginia was a Union state during the Civil War, but it was. Despite that, Byrd was the founder and for a time leader of a local Chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. Oh, he was also a Democrat as the Democrats were the party of slavery and racism. Should we honor a man who stated that he’d rather die in battle than serve in the military with a “Negro”?

Byrd also filibustered against the Civil Rights Act, as did several prominent Democrat Senators.

Woodrow Wilson was also an unrepentant racist and made that official policy when he was President of the United States. Should we honor him?

The media would much rather concentrate on a mere symbol than take a hard look at the issue they purport to cover.

Makes me wonder who the real racists are?

That too is a rhetorical question.

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After a long career as a field EMS provider, I'm now doing all that back office stuff I used to laugh at. Life is full of ironies, isn't it? I still live in the Northeast corner of the United States, although I hope to change that to another part of the country more in tune with my values and beliefs. I still write about EMS, but I'm adding more and more non EMS subject matter. Thanks for visiting.

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