In fact, the largest plantation in terms of slaves in Virginia was owned by an African American man. Also,the Metoyer family of Louisiana owned over 260 slaves. These basic facts tell you that even though slavery is wrong which was recognized by the South’s intention to end it upon the end of the war the south was not racist. “Also, it has been estimated about 30,000 blacks served in the Confederate Army voluntarily” (Weidman, B 1999). These basic facts about a race show the South’s support for any people group.Many people did not care about our flag at all until the incident in South Carolina. I deeply care and respect the people who died and their families. Yet it is an invalid argument that just because one insane killer sported the flag, that all of the south and its history have always been racist. If you want to take away the confederate flag for Dylan Roof’s actions, you’re representing part as a whole. That is a fallacy and an invalid argument.The confederate battle flag is a symbol. Like all symbols, it doesn't have any intrinsic meaning. Meaningis something we bring to it through our interpretive acts. When enough people agree to interpret a symbolin more or less the same way, it quickly becomes easy to forget that it's not the symbol itself that means anything, but the people who are doing the meaning. People can be racist, societies and institutions and whole cultures can be racist, but not symbols. Symbols can connote, but they can't denote.Slavery was the most significant reason by far for the southern states succeeding economically. Were "state rights" also an issue? Sure, they were a big issue the southern states wanted their "state right" to own slaves. Plain and simple, slavery was the cornerstone for the succession is the way that many people who see the confederate flag would agree, this fact cannot be ignored. The Confederate Flag didn't exist before the succession. It was created during the war, specifically to represent southern military units, who,
keep in mind, were fighting primarily to uphold their "state rights" which was not entirely to own slaves. Were they also fighting for other things? Yes, the fact that slavery was at the top of the list for many slave owners it was not for the confederacy as a whole.“The Confederate flag has been flying throughout the South since the Civil War; people’s opinions don’t change overnight. The push to remove the flag, however, demonstrates that many citizens (especially young African-Americans) are unsettled by its presence in the South and elsewhere throughout the U.S. Itmay be seen as a source of Southern pride, but the South that it reminds people of is a South that was fighting for slavery. Especially in these turbulent times for race relations, it just doesn’t belong in the U.S.
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