Is it just me, or is anyone else outraged that the state of Georgia still retains the emblem of the Confederacy on its newly redesigned flag?
Wasn’t this why the flag was changed in the first place? Isn’t this why Georgia went through a boycott that cost them tens of millions of dollars? Wasn’t this a source of major protest and controversy? Doesn’t the continuing use of this symbol constitute a slap in the face for all of those who protested it in the first place? Is this not almost more of an insult than the original flag?
I am unable to see the reasoning of the Georgia congress in voting through this new design. It would seem to perpetuate the exact sort of image that their last flag did. To reduce the size of the Confederate emblem on their flag is merely a bit of “sanitizing” on their part. I do not sense any real change of heart in this situation, only a stubborn and grudging nod to the vocal opponents of this symbol of strife.
The best that I can give them credit for is an attempt at being politically correct. (I believe everyone here knows my feelings about political correctness.) Such a sham only deserves further condemnation from the all of the groups that originally boycotted the state. To intentionally preserve such a hated symbol in the face of reasonable and ethical opposition further entrenches the perception of “good old boys” and “Southern crackers” running the Georgia legislature.
I am fully aware of the South’s sense of “honor” and reverence for the dead that participated in the civil war. Yet, to preserve such a divisive symbol and ensconce it in a state insignia remains an insult to the enduring union that gave their lives for racial equality. All of the United States must now stand for the precepts of liberty and equality manifest in our constitution. That any given member of our nation continues to bear a standard glorifying an insurrection intended to maintain the subjugation of a significant portion of our population is both insulting and hateful. Tradition has no place in the furthering of such indignity and must be met with opprobrium.