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Genealogy Opinion: “The Confederate Battle Flag” – I Am Honored to Be an American Southerner

28 Jun

This is one post I know I have to be real careful with my words. There are many things some of us were taught not to discuss. We all have our own opinions and beliefs. None of our experiences as children and adults have been EXACTLY alike.  When certain topics are brought up on, politics, religion, race, sex and a number of other issues it can and could result in heated conversations causing anger and a rift in families, friends and strangers.

It is often hard for me to put into words what I am trying to say. One thing is for sure, some of you reading this will disagree or be angered. That is not my intention, as always these posts are for me to vent (I say what I think no matter if it may seem appropriate or inappropriate) or as a release to letting something go and moving on. I mean no ill towards anyone and share these posts to possibly get you to thinking about your own opinions.

Recently a horrible crime was committed by a white man resulting in the death of nine black people. He shot these people to death in a Church. I don’t judge people by the color of their skin. God gave me a gift of discernment and I view people by who they are and not what they are.

Just as a gun can be a symbol of good or evil so can the Confederate Flag. It all depends on how we look at it. The gun was once used to place food on the table or as self-defense against those who would do harm to others.  This is only a couple examples of what good came from a gun. Then there is the other side of the coin. Guns have been used throughout history to kill, destroy or threaten the innocent along with numerous other evils.

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The last “official” recognizable flag for the South was the “Flag of the Confederate States of America” from 1861 to 1863. Through my family history my maternal g-g-grandfather and five of his brothers fought for the Confederacy. My g-g-grandfather was 13 yrs old when he and his brothers enlisted in Savannah Georgia.

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Now for the controversy of the “Confederate Flag” or “Confederate Battle Flag”. Through the years after the Civil War this flag became a symbol of the American South and I don’t believe it was ever meant to symbolize “hate”.  I believe it was for all USA Southerners, blacks and whites, to symbolize all the “good” of our past and present culture and our heritage.  BLACKS and WHITES built the South through generation after generation and actually helped to shape and influence this nation. The majority of us were/are open, trusting, hospitable, religious, hard working and caring.

My ancestry is one I am honored to have. For over two hundred years, even before the birth of this nation, my paternal and maternal ancestors have lived in Northeast and Southeast Georgia for over 200 years. This I believe gives me the right to say I am an “American” but I am also a “Southerner”. From what I have found from my family history research, none owned slaves, none was rolling in money and all struggled and worked hard to keep their families fed, they were referred to as “dirt farmers”.

Southerners, both black and white, suffered greatly from the consequences and aftermath of the civil war. We and our ancestors struggled through many hardships to survive and rebuild our States divested by the Civil War. The Confederate Flag became a symbol of our courage and our rich culture passed on to us by our black and white ancestors.

Unfortunately, through the years some Southerners filled with anger, hate and bigotry began to use the Confederacy Battle Flag to symbolize that HATE and BIGOTRY.

Being raised as a Southerner and most of all as a Christian I began to see the flag with mixed feelings as I grew up. To me it represented all the good in Southern hospitality, trust in others, help thy neighbor (even blacks helping whites and whites helping blacks) but then there were those who began to wave the Confederate Battle Flag (some say they used the American Flag) and even used the Cross to symbolize their hypocrisy, racism, spread fright and commit murder. I knew of the Ku Klux Klan and believe me it scared the daylights out of me as a child.  It wasn’t a flag or cross signifying some white Southerners hated blacks, and whites who stood up for blacks, but instead it came from pure unadulterated hate of the individuals.

For most Southerners it is those events and evil actions by others of the past that caused us to look at the “Confederate Battle Flag” with sadness and dislike but at the same time look at it with respect as American Southerners for the battle we (blacks and whites) fought in the South after the Civil War.  Believe me, the South payed dearly for that war.

Personally, I believe it is time to put the “Confederate Battle Flag” to rest in our past and live as one people, Americans. I have nieces and nephews who are of mixed blood, I want them to grow up and not be shamed by their black and white ancestry.

What happen in Charleston SC was not caused by a flag or racism, but by a sick mind/soul of a man possessed by pure evil hate.

Bible Verse: “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

1 Peter 5:8

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