I write this in the hopes of finding understanding and common ground. This can be a touchy subject and if you want to have a discussion with me after reading it, I am all for it.
Let’s talk about the Confederacy, shall we? Recently there has been a lot of talk about the Mississippi state flag. The current flag still displays a Confederate flag within it.
There are a lot of Black people in Mississippi, including my father’s family. My grandmother who was born and raised there is moving back to Mississippi within the next two years.
The conversation about the flag really opened my eyes even more to how damn proud some Southerners are to have a history steeped in racism.
Now that doesn’t mean these people run around and spout the N-word whenever they get the chance. Yet they are celebrating a history based on the owning and degradation of a whole people.
One word which could generally summarize what the Civil War was about is control. Abraham Lincoln needed to control The South. So how does one man, who is the President, control a whole region? You attack or control their economy. Lincoln knew that the South’s economy hinged upon the free labor of slavery.
Full stop. There’s your first problem. A whole entire economy was built on the backs of men, women, and children. Who worked for free, were treated like animals, and broken down from their original culture.
The second problem, people must understand that Abraham Lincoln was not some savior of Black folks. He did not free us for his conscious, he freed us for his power. For his country. This plays into what so many other presidents or leaders have done to advance the country, and diminish or admonish a people. Even when the action is cloaked in some kind of good will, I mean he freed us. We should be grateful right?
So Lincoln knows The South’s economy is dependent upon slaves, so he attempts to get rid of them. The South, in turn, gets pissed. How dare you try to control us right? I mean it’s not like we’re a part of a whole-ass country! Wait.
So The South says they are not going to roll over that easy and decide to make The Confederate States. There ensues a whole war because we won’t give up power by giving up our slaves.
Full stop. Why in the hell do you have slaves in the first place? Why are you willing to have a whole war over keeping them? Do you not see how problematic your line of thinking is?
Quick answers. Free labor is the best, hell yes, and God keeps us thinking clearly.
At this point I imagine Jesus looking around confused.
“When in the home of Satan did I tell y’all to do that?”
I get the whole rebellious I’m not going to have someone tell me what to do attitude, I sadly remember it from when I was a teenager. But to have a whole war so you can continue to have free labor, split families, and rape them is pretty messed up. That’s me putting it nicely.
Confederacy is nothing to be proud of.
Showing a Black person a Confederate Flag is like shoving the Nazi flag in a Jewish person’s face.
The vitriol, power, and support that the aggressors in both of those moments in history had are disgusting. It is absolutely nothing to be proud of.
The pride of The South was put on the backs of my, and other Black people’s ancestors. They made your pride, without us you didn’t have a pot to piss in. You got your pride for free. While you also got to torment, rape, kill, maim, and destroy us.
If that sounds like something to be proud of, then baby doll I have nothing else for you. You might as well move on from my blog.
You fought for pride and power you did not earn. You lost. Move on.