It’s a bad week for “history”. Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma is pitching a fit that her precious statue is going bye-bye, and South Carolina relinquishes its clutch of the confederate battle flag to its bosom.
It’s been a wild couple of weeks. This country’s social fabric, often sewed with malice, is tearing in all the right places.
I am glad it took only 48 hours or so before Nikki Haley and Lindsey Graham did a complete volte-face on the confederate flag issue. It must have been a difficult decision, because to remove it in the wake of the Charleston shootings meant that South Carolina politicians have admitted that it is a symbol of hate and that they could not pretend that it wasn’t anymore. So I give high praise instead of razzberries for Haley, Lindsey et al. South Carolina’s decision to lead is having ripple effects across the South. “Serious” Republican candidates, sensing safety now that SC has capitulated, rushed to bag on the flag. Other pols who have nothing to lose are digging in their heels, whining about “state’s rights”, which itself is also an old way to excuse provincial racism. But the trend suggests that Southern figures of prominence see no advantage in continuing to kowtow to the racists in their home states.
Dylann Roof has accomplished exactly the opposite of what he intended to achieve with his rampage. He’s brought people together instead of starting his race war. He forced the conversation on race that the plethora of white, trigger happy cops doling out summary judgment upon blacks could not.
It’s a good day to be an American. We haven’t heard the last of the racists, but we’ve forced the weasels to stop hiding in plain sight.
What is it with fucking flags?
Why do we clutch them to our hearts? I just don’t get it. I don’t pledge allegiance to mine anymore. I think it inspires the worst kind of jingoism, something for the lower mammals amongst us to hang on to when they are scared, confused, and angry.
As much as I can’t stand scraping to a piece of fabric, I nonetheless remain partial to the United States as my home sweet home. I served it for 9 years. I must make that clear.
But what do we do with the Confederate flag? How can that thing still fly on public buildings after all we went through to defeat the ideas that it represents? Even Texas gets it. But South Carolina doesn’t. That fucker was still flying high when the US flag went to half-mast after the Charleston shootings.
I know, right? Here’s Nikki Haley on the radio:
HOST: There are also calls today that you have to take the Confederate flag down from the state capitol. How do you address those calls?
HALEY: I think that…at a time like this, you have to look back at what we’ve done. Fifteen years ago the General Assembly at the time they had a conversation. The Republicans and Democrats and everybody came together on a consensus to bring the Confederate flag down off of the dome. And they put it on a monument out in front. I think that conversation will probably come back up again. And you what we hope that we do things the way South Carolinians do. Which is have the conversation, allow some thoughtful words to be exchanged, be kind about it. Come together on what we’re trying to achieve and how we’re trying to do it. I think the state will start talking about that again. We’ll see where it goes.
Word salad. Pure nonsense. Look out Sarah Palin, you have competition. Moving on:
HOST: But what’s your position on the issue?
HALEY:You know, right now, to start having policy conversations with the people of South Carolina, I understand that’s what ya’ll want, my job is to heal the people of this state. We had a 26 year-old that just graduated college. We had anywhere from a 26 year-old to an 87 year-old grandmother. You had a track coach.You had a librarian. This is very real to us. […] There will be policy discussions and you will hear my come out and talk about it.But right now, I’m not doing that to the people of my state.
So it’s necessary to keep the flag flying because it will hurt the fragile white people of South Carolina. Governor, you have citizens, not children. You are not the mommy of South Carolina, hon. You’re afraid to make an unpopular decision because you know damn well you will be chased out of office by the cracker-ass goobers that you govern.
Haley was not the only South Carolina leader to be stupid on this issue:
Sen. Lindsey Graham, who hails from South Carolina and is now running for president, has come to the rebel flag’s defense. According to Graham, the Confederate flag is an integral “part of who we are.”
Although Graham acknowledged to CNN the flag has been used to push racist agendas in the past, he said “the problems we have in South Carolina and throughout the world” do not stem from symbols, but because of “what’s in people’s heart.”
Inquiring minds want to know-please define “who you are”. I know for damn sure the blacks in your state don’t want to be included in this club. Symbols have meaning to some, and that particular symbol represents racist pride. Don’t even pretend that there isn’t an issue here. But god forbid you should lose the low-com-denom vote.
Being a leader takes courage. Nikki Haley chooses to prevaricate instead of acting like one. And Lindsey Graham has no excuse whatsoever. He’s got the gall to run for president. Who would trust a pandering jellyfish like him to attend to the nation’s affairs?
Join the new century. Stop living in 1861.