I was at the Crossroads of the West Gun Show in Phoenix a few days ago checking out various firearms and other items on display. Such expositions are a great place for freedom-loving people to conduct business and support their civil right to bear arms. However, there were a few displays of one particular symbol of subjugation and rebellion that made me angry.
The Confederate flag.
First, let me tell you that this is a flag that I hate. Yes, I used the word hate because of the history behind it. The Confederacy, their leaders, and their flag are a shameful part of American history that should serve as a cautionary tale to future generations. The CSA seceded from the USA in order to continue slavery in Southern states and to expand it into the New Mexico Territory. The Confederate flag is the flag the South fought under.
Second, the Confederacy was run by the Democrat Party! When you hear the term “Solid South” it means entirely (white) Democrat Party political leaders. This party supported the continuation and expansion of slavery, which caused a new party (Republican) to emerge in 1854 that was opposed to slavery. The Democrats in the south decided to secede from the USA and fought under the “Stars and Bars” until the Civil War ended.
What got my attention was one vendor displayed the Confederate flag next to the American flag. What was worse, it was at the same height! All this at an event which celebrates one of of our civil rights, the Second Amendment. Given the history of the Confederacy and it’s denial of civil rights, this is an odd juxtaposition. What’s more, my guess is the exhibitor wasn’t a registered Democrat and doesn’t believe that black people have less rights than non-blacks.
And yet the Stars and Bars flies at a gun show…
This is foolishness on display and it hurts those of us who believe in civil rights. As Alfonzo Rachel says in this piece, waving the Confederate flag sabotages the message that conservative, pro-gun citizens want to get across. When educated, professional people like myself see the Stars and Bars, I want to distance myself from it. That same holds true for black vendors and attendees at the show who cherish freedom as much as anybody else.
Time to lower the Confederate flag and put it away for good.
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