You Can Take Down The Flag!

flags

You can take down the flag
 but what it stands for still remains.
We cannot eradicate a heritage
 and wipe away its ugly stains.

In the hearts and minds of racists
 lies hate that will never die.
That flag means much to them
 as does the confederate battle cry.

The south IS the confederacy
 and shall forever remain so.
And by taking down the flag
 the hatred seed will grow.

If you’ve ever lived down south
 then you know this to be true.
They never lost the war.
In their minds, they beat the Blue.

“The south will rise again!”
 is still the battle cry.
Men of great position
 don’t even wonder why.

We all know where we stand
 and nothing much has changed.
By taking down the flag,
 hate will not be constrained!

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2015 Shelby I. Courtland

Yes, you can take down the confederate flag that flies atop the state capitol building in South Carolina. And Wal-Mart, Target and Amazon can discontinue selling it, but for all the good it will do, why bother? The confederate flag will still be available online and to anyone that wants to purchase one or two or three or 15,000. What you cannot take down or take away is the mindset of someone that is infested with irrational hatred. Those southerners that cling to the confederate flag, cling to it with the fierceness of a mother clinging to her child in a raging storm. Those people think that it is a disservice to their ancestors that died fighting for what they believed in; as atrocious, vile, disgusting, barbaric and filthy as it was, they consider the confederate flag as part of their rightful heritage. They don’t see what Black people see when we look at that flag.

Am I making excuses for that filth? Absolutely not! But I am a realist. And believe this! By taking down the confederate flag, it will only cause more problems than it will solve. For hundreds of years, the confederate flag was left undisturbed from where it flies and it was distributed by the likes of Wal-Mart and Target and many other stores just as the American flag was and is and speaking for myself, I am just as disturbed when looking at the stars and stripes as I am when viewing the confederate flag because the American flag does not represent me. It too, stands for barbarity, slavery, hypocrisy, torture, murder, Jim Crow; the same as what the confederate flag stands for. There is a difference?

13 thoughts on “You Can Take Down The Flag!

  1. U’r so right, the flag is just a symbol. US represents oppression, exploitation, economic & socio-political enslavement. Not only for minorities & women but all ppl of the world. The Red, White and Blue poison runs deep in this country’s veins. “We the People” need to clean house.

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    • Exactly 1EarthUnited! This entire country is awash in depravity, vileness, atrocities, war crimes, torture, barbarity and so much more of the like that it is ridiculous to look at the so-called American flag in a different light than that of the confederate flag. They both stand for the same shit. There is no difference except that people are expected to stand and salute the American flag of again, hatred, depravity, vileness, atrocities, war crimes, torture, barbarity and hypocrisy. I turn and spit when I see either flag. Both are equally vile and this shithole has much to answer for from one end to the other; not just in the south!

      Thank you for your comment!

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  2. Predator eyes
    circle the skies
    eyerything dies
    where the false flag flies
    The stars and stripes
    Are bars and stripes
    The stars and stripes
    are bars and stripes
    i piss on the flag
    injustice

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    • Hear! Hear! I thank you for posting that! It is right on point! And as many AmeriKKKans prepare to celebrate the 4th of July, the American flag will be flying as if it has always stood for freedom when from the inception of this country, war crimes and brutality were committed to obtain this land and there was NO freedom for the slaves and since AmeriKKKa incarcerates more than the rest of the world combined, where is our freedom? They are busy concentrating on the confederate flag while ignoring the outrage that is THE symbol of a divided nation; a country that is as lacking in freedom for millions today as it did when the war between the states was fought because it has been stated that there are more people enslaved in prison now, than were caught up in the Africa-to-AmeriKKKa slave trade. The hypocrisy of this shithole is astounding!

      And Obama waits until he is a lame fuck before uttering a single word about anything pertaining to what this hellhole has always stood for in regards to descendants of slaves.

      I must also include this by Frederick Douglass

      Americans! your republican politics, not less than your republican religion, are flagrantly inconsistent. You boast of your love of liberty, your superior civilization, and your pure Christianity, while the whole political power of the nation (as embodied in the two great political parties) is solemnly pledged to support and perpetuate the enslavement of three millions of your countrymen. You hurl your anathemas at the crowned headed tyrants of Russia and Austria and pride yourselves on your Democratic institutions, while you yourselves consent to be the mere tools and body-guards of the tyrants of Virginia and Carolina. You invite to your shores fugitives of oppression from abroad, honor them with banquets, greet them with ovations, cheer them, toast them, salute them, protect them, and pour out your money to them like water; but the fugitives from oppression in your own land you advertise, hunt, arrest, shoot, and kill. You glory in your refinement and your universal education; yet you maintain a system as barbarous and dreadful as ever stained the character of a nation-a system begun in avarice, supported in pride, and perpetuated in cruelty. You shed tears over fallen Hungary, and make the sad story of her wrongs the theme of your poets, statesmen, and orators, till your gallant sons are ready to fly to arms to vindicate her cause against the oppressor; but, in regard to the ten thousand wrongs of the American slave, you would enforce the strictest silence, and would hail him as an enemy of the nation who dares to make those wrongs the subject of public discourse! You are all on fire at the mention of liberty for France or for Ireland; but are as cold as an iceberg at the thought of liberty for the enslaved of America. You discourse eloquently on the dignity of labor; yet, you sustain a system which, in its very essence, casts a stigma upon labor. You can bare your bosom to the storm of British artillery to throw off a three-penny tax on tea; and yet wring the last hard earned farthing from the grasp of the black laborers of your country. You profess to believe “that, of one blood, God made all nations of men to dwell on the face of all the earth,” and hath commanded all men, everywhere, to love one another; yet you notoriously hate (and glory in your hatred) all men whose skins are not colored like your own. You declare before the world, and are understood by the world to declare that you “hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; and are endowed by their Creator with certain in alienable rights; and that among these are, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and yet, you hold securely, in a bondage which, according to your own Thomas Jefferson, “is worse than ages of that which your fathers rose in rebellion to oppose,” a seventh part of the inhabitants of your country.

      – by Frederick Douglass, excerpt of a speech given at Rochester, New York, July 5, 1852

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    • Well since you went there, take it another step further and get those presidential fuck faces all up off of our hard-earned money. Isn’t that why they call money, “Dead Presidents?” George Washington’s slave owning ass is on the dollar bill. Lincoln is worth 5 goddamn dollars, but not to me. He ain’t even worth the goddamn penny he’s on; the hypocritical bastard and don’t even get me started on Thomas Jefferson’s filthy, lying, skank, slave-owning ass that appears on the goddamn nickel. Not to mention the fact that you can take a guided tour of that flaming hypocrite’s home, Monticello. Yeah! So goddamn many monumental testaments to their ‘exceptional’ greatness. Pardon me while I spit!

      And if someone did blow up Mt. Rushmore, I would not consider it to be a terrorist act, I would consider it to be blowing up flaming hypocrisy and removing a symbol that stands for oppression, slavery, genocide, war crimes, debauchery, evilness, vileness, barbarity, hypocrisy and filth, just for starters!

      I thank you for your comment HLJ!

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  3. Great quote from Frederick Douglass! It captures the hypocrisy so well. It’s like Obama complaining that gun violence is much worse in the US, while ignoring the fact that America is the most militarily aggressive country on the planet. No other country invades more nations, or murders and oppresses more people than the US, but they like to pretend that has no connection to the violence in American society.

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    • I hate to ‘alter’ anyone’s comment but I had to highlight yours to underscore the point that you made as your comment was right on the, dare I say, ‘money’? Why this shithole has not completely collapsed in on itself from the weight of its sheer hypocrisy, is quite beyond me. Our (s)elected shits have the nerve to go there while completely ignoring the goddamn obvious and that is what you pointed out. How in hell can there be no correlation between the outrageous violence that IS AmeriKKKa when it comes from within this hellhole and the violence that is projected outward to every corner of the globe?

      This whore called AmeriKKKa needs to die already! And yet, we are all set to watch fireworks displays and celebrate genocide, war crimes, hypocrisy, slavery, barbarity, corruption, avarice, abject poverty and homelessness, homeless tent cities, police brutality, racism and white supremacy on the goddamn 4th of July. For the love of ……!!!

      I do SO thank you for that spot on comment News!

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  4. When I was 21, I applied for a temporary teaching job in South Carolina. My friends talked me out it. They convinced me I would never fit in because of my non-conformity and outspoken views – that I would have no friends and that I was likely to be the victim of psychological and physical harassment.

    I can’t imagine what I was thinking contemplating living someplace where tolerance is essentially against the law and people are rewarded for racist violence.

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    • Dr. Bramhall, I realize that you were only 21 and so you still had a lot to learn, but I am considering sending you from the head of the class into the corner and facing the corner over this particular comment. But, since it is quite obvious that you wasn’t born and raised in the south, I am going to take it easy on you!

      NEVER, EVER go down south for not one goddamn reason. I do realize that you no longer live in this shithole but if you come back and visit, make sure that you don’t even have to make plane connections in the south because if you would be to stand near someone spouting off some racist bullshit nonsense, you’d get a hankering to let go and I for one, would not appreciate what could end up happening to you in the goddamn south.

      As a Black woman, I REFUSE to set foot back in the south for ANY reason! And yes, the majority of my family still live there and as far as I am concerned, they are on their own! If they want to put up with that white supremacy shit, then they can. In fact, I got so completely sick and tired of hearing from them about the bullshit that is ongoing, I had my phone numbers changed and we no longer even communicate. I did NOT leave the south only to hear about that fucking shit! If I wanted it up close and personal in my motherfucking face, I would have stayed put, but I didn’t!

      And I must say that you had some terrific friends who obviously knew just what the score would be had you moseyed on into South Carolina. I daresay, you would be missing all of your teeth, your education would have taken a turn for the worse, you would constantly go on and on about GEEZUS and how much the ‘Lawd tawks’ to you, not to mention how clueless you would be on world affairs. You would have no idea where Russia is, much less where Crimea is. Also, you would not have moved to NZ because you would have never heard of it. You would have married some hillbilly with NO teeth and you would have had to leave your teaching job because you would be expected to continue to be expecting children that would be your husband’s cousin’s nephew’s uncle’s grandfather’s cousin and they would all have turned out to be inbred idiots because that IS the south! The south houses AmeriKKKa’s largest concentrated population of inbred hillbilly idiots and the ridiculous part is that they consider themselves to be filled with ‘supremacy’. Now, how ridiculous is that? Exactly!

      Thank you for your comment Dr. Bramhall! Stay outta the south!

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