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Southern Cross

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Full disclosure: the flag doesn’t bother me at all and never has. I, frankly, never associated the flag with slavery (as in, Confederate Flag = Slavery) until the news media made that association for me. Over the years, when I saw the Confederate flag, I thought “redneck,” not “racist.” Not every racist is a redneck, and not every redneck is a racist. I’ve known many rednecks and good ol’ boys who were never, in my presence or reported to me outside of it, seen behaving in any way racist. They didn’t care what color you were so long as you brought the beer. These guys loved their Confederate flag more as symbolic of the south than as a symbol of hatred. The redneck boys I knew thought the Ku Klux Klan were a bunch of idiots.

I agree the flag should never have been flown over the SC capitol dome (mainly as an F-U to civil rights efforts), nor did I think it should have been flown at the war memorial. But I’d have been perfectly okay with the flag displayed in a glass case at the memorial while the U.S. flag was flown overhead.

Taking that flag down will not bring back a single one of the nine victims of the Emanuel AME shooting, nor will it in any way ease the suffering of their families. Taking down the flag won’t repair the Voting Rights Act the Supreme Court gutted in 2013, won’t bring justice for the growing numbers of African Americans seemingly shot at-will by law enforcement, won’t provide access to health care or solve any of the dozens of public policy issues dividing this nation. Even worse, taking down the flag will provide some in White America with an inappropriate sense of closure, which may cause some to respond to these public policy issues, “We gave up our flag, that’s all you get,” as if taking the flag down actually accomplished anything. Taking down the flag only breeds resentment and suppresses racist attitudes such that, while not openly displayed, they smolder beneath the surface. The worst part about this non-plan is stigmatizing the flag makes real racial problems that much harder to see. I’d much rather they left the flag alone; at least then I could see ‘em coming.

If we really wanted to strip the Confederate flag of power, we’d just stop talking about it. We’d let it fade into obscurity as what it factually is: an icon of southern antiquity. By using the Confederate flag as a prop to avoid actually talking to each other and engaging on serious problems of society, we shame not only that flag but our own.

Hillary Clinton & Black America

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

I remember the exact moment Hillary Clinton lost the 2008 presidential nomination. It was at approximately 9:25 AM on February 7, 2006, a little less than a year before she announced her presidential run in January of 2007. Clinton sabotaged her campaign before it started by choosing to speak at the funeral of our revered first lady of African America, civil rights advocate Coretta Scott King. There Clinton made the fatal error of following her husband, former President Bill Clinton, on one of the best speeches to the African American community any white person in history had ever given. President Clinton was nothing short of luminous, the highlight of the homegoing celebration. The goodwill flooding the former president was assigned by proxy to Senator Hillary Clinton, who was surely going to run for the White House and who, to that moment, had the black vote in her pocket.

President Clinton had said all that could or should possibly be said about the late civil rights leader. All Hillary needed to do was smile, wave, and sit down. I firmly believe, had she done that, she would be president of the United States as I write these words. Instead, she decided to take the stage herself, following her husband’s over-long but deeply moving speech. And the worst thing happened that could possibly have happened to her: Black America realized, for the first time, that Hillary was not Bill. (more…)

Pot: What We’ve Learned

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

The downside of legalizing marijuana here in Colorado: stinky people. Finding it difficult to ride mass transit here. The smell is simply indescribable. Not being a drug user myself, I can’t help but wonder: aren’t pot smokers aware of how badly they stink? I mean, some guy sat behind me the other day and my eyes began watering and I nearly heaved. What on *earth* was this guy smoking?

B.O. on an unimaginable scale. They need to start writing tickets for *that.*

Seriously, Now…

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

I can’t imagine why Ted Cruz believes he has any shot, any shot at all, of being elected president. I’m now turning my energy toward trying to figure out what he’s really up to.

You Can Hang Me From A Tree…

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

You know, I’m not entirely certain this whole SAE mess isn’t a free speech issue. I was neither shocked nor particularly surprised by the racist chanting, nor do I believe it was some extant incident. Like many blacks in America, I just assume this is what white folk do when we’re not looking. I don’t chant anti-white stuff when whites aren’t looking, but I and many of my friends are far from Emily Post when not in racially mixed company. I’m shocked—shocked, I tell you—to discover racial slurs are bandied about behind closed doors.

Expelling two students from the University of Oklahoma for the racist chant seems, to me, not only unfair but possibly illegal. They have a right to free speech, no matter how offensive. It’s the price we all pay in order for all of us to have the right to say whatever we want… right? I mean, if these guys were Nazis, would we even be talking about this?

Shutting down the fraternity was certainly a crowd-pleasing thing to do but it was the wrong lesson. It sent a terrible message and, rather than address the real problem, merely forced it back underground. America, it seems, is good at that: burying real so-cial schisms until, say, a black guy is elected president or a lesbian is appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. I remain shocked and unnerved at how deep racism continues to drill into the American ideal, that such ignorance is shockingly alive and well. I tend to blame the Republican party for using racism as a political tool, thereby desensitizing the nation to such matters and bringing racism flagrantly, baldly out into the open where it is, for the most part, accepted.

Frankly, I think being exposed as idiots was punishment enough for SAE. The University of Oklahoma took a black eye over the incident, as it should: I hardly believe nobody in any position of leadership at that campus was aware of the brazenly racist attitudes of SAE.

But the University should have stood up, first and foremost, for the principles this nation was founded upon. I honestly wasn’t all that offended and believe well-meaning white folks perhaps acting on my behalf—and thus treating all blacks like children incapable of expressing their own outrage—grossly overreacted to what this was: sophomoric stupidity by a bunch of knuckleheads. In their headlong rush to defend me, us, whomever, they trampled the U.S. constitution that actually freed us in the first place.