The debate over “the flag” is custom made for the looney politicians and puffed up media blowhards. Self-righteous tongues in both camps are already flopping in spasms like so many flounders washed ashore gasping for water. It’s a jackpot topic that may possibly hold up straight through to November 2016.
But in the end, it’s nothing more than a distraction; something safe to glom onto to avoid the difficulty of the real issue.
The flag may be a symbol of segregation and racial supremacist attitudes – but if it came down tomorrow, what would change? Would all the people who have been taught the lie that non-whites are somehow inferior suddenly be inspired to a life of racial harmony if the flag were removed ? (For my money the reaction would be just the opposite – it would fuel their dangerous and faulty beliefs into a deeper anger)
The debate needs to surround how to deal with hundreds of years of racially motivated ignorance passed from generation to generation – a topic that’s always been branded as political suicide, so we know that little common sense will come from political camps, and the media has no interest in intelligent debate – to paraphrase that Jake G movie – the media wants naked women running down the street with their throat slashed.
This one is up to us – having the guts to not tolerate racism – not on a large scale- but in small everyday things. Stop tolerating the racist jokes, stand up to racist behaviors. We decide what we want our lives to reflect – not Washington or the State Capitals, not the media in any shape or form. Us. US.