In an article entitled “Why South Carolina’s Confederate Flag isn’t at Half-Staff After Church Shooting,” the Washington Post describes how the battle flag of the Confederate States of America flying outside the SC State House wasn’t lowered in mourning of the Charleston shooting victims while the US and state flag were. Flags have, of course, been an integral part of the media analysis.
Roof was photographed wearing flags himself — of defunct white supremacist regimes in South Africa and Rhodesia — and drove a car featuring a Confederate flag license plate.
And yet, as a pastor and members of his flock lay dead and the Supreme Court dealt a blow to those who wish to display Confederate flags on license plates in Texas, South Carolina seemed to be flaunting its heritage of slavery as the first state to secede from the Union. It was deplorable enough, critics said, that the flag was there in the first place.
Certain segments have always wanted the Confederate battle flag removed for a variety of reasons, and Roof has provided further fuel for enemies of Confederate heritage. Much to the displeasure of shrieking leftists, however, the flag is protected by the state of South Carolina itself:
But, it seemed, no one — particularly not South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) — could do anything about it. This was a matter of law.
“In South Carolina, the governor does not have legal authority to alter the flag,” a Haley spokesman told ABC on Thursday. “Only the General Assembly can do that.”
Your tears are delicious, but they get sweeter.
But South Carolina has been fighting about its capitol’s Confederate flag for decades. Indeed, the flag first went up on the capitol dome in 1962 in defiance of the burgeoning civil rights movement. A cultural war fought a century after the first battle of Fort Sumter followed.
“Quit looking at the symbols,” one Republican legislator said in 1997. ”Get out and get a job. Quit shooting each other. Quit having illegitimate babies.”
Anyone today who dares to chastise rent-seekers like that legislator did would be made into a pariah. But ultimately, a flag is just a flag and neither causes nor creates. It is a symbol like any other. Flag-policing is much like language-policing in that it will not kill the ideas behind it; the mentally-handicapped are still retards. But in both ideals and reality, the Confederate war flag remains fixed in place above South Carolina, the first state to rise against the Union in the Civil War.
Anyone who wanted to move the flag faced one of the greatest hurdles in democratic politics: “The provisions of this section may only be amended or repealed upon passage of an act which has received a two-thirds vote on the third reading of the bill in each branch of the General Assembly,” the bill read.
A further obstacle to critics of the Confederate flag: It’s affixed to the pole, and can’t come down unless someone gets up there and pulls it down — which would be illegal anyway.
“The flag is part of a Confederate War Memorial, and is not on a pulley system, so it cannot be lowered, only removed,” Raycom Media reporter Will Wilson tweeted.
It is undoubted that the Confederate flag is a loaded symbol. It represents a rebellion against the federal government by the Southern states, which allowed slavery. But the Confederacy was also a country that hundreds of thousands of white men, as well as smaller numbers of American Indians and blacks, fought and died for against the North. For well over a century, it has endured as a symbol of white Southerners, a regional branch of the Anglo-American family. From a white nationalist perspective then, any assault on the Confederate flag is an anti-white action. So-called conservatives who oppose the displaying the flag are essentially gigantic cucks trying to broaden their appeal to people who will not vote for them anyway. If this breaks whites out of the mentality that the Republican party will guarantee their interests, and the party largely does not, it will be for the best metapolitically speaking. If not, it is just another example of how American institutions are being used to dispossess Anglo-Americans of the country founded, built and defended by their ancestors. Saying a people are not allowed to have symbols, culture and heritage, is… well… do I even have to say it? White genocide. No surprises there.
One thing is certain: whoever set up that flagpole was a major league shitlord. He knew damn well people would want the flag taken down. There is perhaps no sweeter irony to represent the relationship of the South with its past than than a Confederate battle flag outside of a state legislature that cannot be lowered.
As a bonus, here is something to upset all of you: a Confederate catgirl.