What WAS That Confederacy Thingie All About, Anyway?

-By Warner Todd Huston

Does anyone know anything about American history anymore?

Apparently, a BBQ baron from South Carolina has decided to drop the old Southern Cross, C.S. battle flag at some of his restaurants. But he isn’t getting rid of his Confederate theme because he is replacing it with the Stars and Bars, the first national flag of the Confederacy.

In case you are confused as to which flag is which…

Here is the Southern Cross, the battle flag of many of the Confederacy’s field armies:

And here is the first national flag of the government of the Confederate States of America, the Stars and Bars:

Apparently this restaurant owner changed the flag so that he could avoid the “racist” epithet, but here is the thing: No one knows anything about history in this story, apparently. The Southern Cross was the battle flag of the armies of the Confederacy and few common Confederate soldiers fought specifically for slavery. However, the Stars and Bars was created by the government of the Confederate states and THAT entity was made for the express purpose of safeguarding slavery through the vehicle of States’ Rights. So, of the two, the one this BBQ guy just decided to use is far more one that represents slavery than the old battle flag he was using in the first place!

Not that the nitwits that have attacked him for using the Southern Cross understands that fact.

Also, there was another idiot in the story and that was one Lonnie Randolph, president of the state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People who said:

“Whether, it’s the first national or the last national flag, that does not change history, and the intent, and purpose that that group stood for – which was to overthrow the government of America – doesn’t change with the garment that they hang off their pole,” he said.

Here is an uneducated lout that obviously knows ZIP about American history.

The Confederacy had no intention of trying to “overthrow the government of America,” you fool. The Confederacy wanted to SEPARATE from the US and start their own country! It isn’t the same thing at all. Though, with as bad as our schools are, it wouldn’t surprise me if this dolt simply couldn’t tell the difference.

Just once I’d like to see some historical knowledge displayed by people over this Confederate flag issue. Is that too much to ask for?

Warner Todd Huston’s thoughtful commentary, sometimes irreverent often historically based, is featured on many websites such as newsbusters.org, townhall.com, men’snewsdaily.com and americandaily.com among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a guest on several radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book “Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture” which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of publiusforum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston

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