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Comment: Re:Those evil enemy oppressors (Score 1) 815 815

Unfortunately that's misinformation. The south never let go of the Confederate flag, which is why it is a point of southern pride, rebellion and states rights. It was used in the civil rights movements but more so for its implication for states rights to maintain segregation. There were instances of it being tied to more heinous acts during this time, but after the civil rights movement it still stood for southern pride. The recent strong ties to racism are a compulsory reaction to the actions of one deranged lunatic and the wide spread media blitz to get viewership.

Comment: Re:Confederate soldiers in fact fought for slavery (Score 1) 815 815

The civil war wasn't about slavery in the sense that it was for black's rights and freedoms. It was about the economics of slavery and states rights. Saying the war was over slavery is a misguided attempt to make the civil war look like good vs evil. At the time, both the North and South were racist. The civil war was a fight over the distribution of power and wealth in the country. When you shine it in that light, neither side looks good.

Comment: Re:I hate and despise - but they should still be s (Score 1) 815 815

Being from the south, you have it all wrong. The Confederate flag is a point of southern pride. It does not mean racism. Blacks and whites alike have and use the confederate flag. Stone mountain GA has a monument to the Confederacy depicting Stone Wall Jackson, and flies every version of the Confederate Flag. This is in a primary black community and they few have no issue with it.

Moreover, the civil war was regarding states rights and protectionist tariffs placed on the South's cotton industry. The North's manufacturing industry couldn't compete with the South's cotton industry, so they placed heavy tariffs on the goods. This was do to free labor, but the misnomer that the civil war was fought to end slavery is revisionist history at its finest.

The North also owned slaves up to and well into the civil war. Additionally, the Emancipation Proclamation didn't end slavery. It freed the slaves in the South. At the time the south had succeeded and wasn't part of the U.S. anymore, so the legislation itself was meaningless. It was an attempt to secure more solders to fight for the North.

Finally, I'd like to note I do not agree with slavery or the treatment of blacks in this part of history. However, changing this part of history so overtly is idiotic at best and down right dangerous at its worst. This land of political correctness has gone too far, changing history to suit its needs and censoring a symbol that is part of this nations history. The confederate flag has been around for over 100 years. Fifteen years ago this wouldn't even have been a discussion. All of a sudden the Confederate flag has become a huge focal point of the propagation of racism. We are blaming a flag for the actions of a mentally disturbed individual. Does no one see how wrong that is?

Here is the honest truth, the current state of race relations in the US has degenerated to the lowest levels in 30 years. This is due to a few factors: the current state of news media, continued legislation that distinguishes blacks from whites, and the crazy movement into extreme political correctness. You want to fix racism; ignore the continued news media blasting of racism in America, its only making everything worse; remove legislation targeting minorities, how can one expect to be treated the same as everyone else when they are singled out legally; get over this extreme political correctness, its getting to the point you can't speak without offending someone.

Comment: Re:Arrest (Score 1) 333 333

Really? This was modded up too? So lets ignore the fact this looks like obvious flame bate, Ethics is a huge area of philosophy and law and justice is only a small portion of it. You can easily spend a lifetime discussing morals and right and wrong without discussing law and justice.

Comment: Re:Arrest (Score 3, Informative) 333 333

Because something is illegal doesn't make it wrong and enforcing all passed legislation is impossible in most countries. Most police officers use their discretion to enforce practical laws (when is the last time you were ticketed for jaywalking?). The legislation in question is a protectionist movement for jobs that will die anyways. Its like protesting immigrant workers taking cruise liner jobs as the cruise ship is sinking into the ocean.

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