If You Want To Tear Down Flags Of Hate—Start With The American Flag

I’m writing this with my Texas accent turned on:

When it comes to history and flags—especially flags of hate—it’s a safe bet most Americans don’t know shit about a damned thing. I mean, it’s history. Americans don’t do history.

But they do hate—real good.

For example, if I told you the first Confederate flag looked pretty much like the Tea Party flag, you might be shocked (if you were a fucking idiot). Usually, some pro-Confederacy asshole will at that point say: but the Don’t-Tread-On-Me is a flag of the American Revolution!

Georgians gathered, on November 8, 1860, to get the hell out of the USA. Under a banner designed by a South Carolina slave trader, Christopher Gadsden (a hero of the American Revolution), the Georgians rallied to the slogan and idea of "Southern rights", by which they meant the Southern white right to own black human beings as livestock. Yep, the "Don't Tread On Me" flag is absolutely a pro-slavery, Confederate, flag.

Well, yeah, a flag of the American Revolution, whose mission in part was to defend the institution of slavery, in spite of what the slaveholding, child-rapist, hypocrite POS Thomas Jefferson had to say about “freedom”—whatever, white man.

Thing is—America’s first and most glorious flag of slavery was sure as hell not either the now much-hated Confederate battle flag, OR even the Don’t-Tread-On-Me flag, it was this one:

The "Betsy Ross" flag, 1777, whose ring of stars does not include, but it certainly suggests, the black people being symbolically lynched inside that circle of compromisers on slavery.

And if you really want to get technical, it was this flag:

18th-century British colonial flag. We must always remember that, but for the British, the USA would not exist, and would not have so enthusiastically embraced slavery as an economic model of labor. On the other hand, a big reason the American colonies broke away from Great Britain was to insure the sanctity of property—most especially slaves—which the somewhat more civilized British seemed on the road to eradicating in 1776.

The European monster nations, the colonizing white viruses of the world, spread out to conquer, slaughter, exploit poor brown and black peoples everywhere they could find them.

The English, who were too stupid, too poor, and too slow out of the gate, to colonize nice places like Mexico or Peru, ended up colonizing a bunch of stupid woods with bears and hostile people-who-already-lived-there in them. On the good side, no white people, except the even dumber and slower French, had much interest in competing to control the vast blob of woods. So, the English had it made for a while, slowing creeping and killing westward.

Finally, these English colonists got so woodsified and “savage”, that they were not even recognizable as human beings to their evil colonial overlords back in London. And so, the King and the Colonies had that little 1776 dustup, which liberated the now fully-American white people to go hog-wild killing and robbing and building the “greatest nation in the history of the world!” YAY!!

And a big reason that nation of natural predators had so much economic success was all the labor stolen from millions of black people for hundreds of years. So important was slavery to the USA, that when it came time to join the colonies together into one nation, all those allegedly anti-slavery savages up in the cold Northern states, took the word called “compromise” and wiped the nation's shitty butt with it.

Because what they did to that word was give the impression that something noble and good had happened when those Northerners compromised with their orc-like Southern cousins on the issue of slavery. Yep, the Northerners actually wanted slavery in the new USA. And they economically benefitted from it all along.

And that brings us to the question of the flags of hate. If flags that flew over, and legally institutionalized slavery, are bad things we should tear down—you had better start with the American flag itself. Because that is the first flag of slavery in the USA.

But wait! I hear you screaming like caged monkeys, wasn’t the American flag redeemed by all the blood that was shed in that Civil War thingy? Well, no. It wasn’t.

Confederate battle flag—which is the American flag without the hypocrisy.

You know why? Killing a whole bunch of people doesn’t actually make your flag better. It just means the USA was so stupid, it went out and killed and maimed millions of its own people to eradicate slavery, only to then turn the administration and fates of those freed black Americans over to their former slave masters and the now intensely hate-filled former Confederate soldiers—and their millions of hate-filled descendants.

Yeah, that’s some real good thinking going on there.

And anyway, who had time to worry whether emancipation of slaves took or not, when you had all those injuns to kill and their lands to finish stealing?

Them neegrows? Thay’s free. Thay’s on their own.

On their own in a land of white hate so fierce that white Americans took to lynching and burning black people just for good, family entertainment.

And so we went until Martin Luther King, Jr. opened his arms with Christian love and asked—cain’t we just get along like Jesus Christ said? And James Earl Ray articulated with a bullet the Southern white-people's response: “Fuck you, nigger!”

Now, that response was in part also a response to liberal white people, who are always feeling guilty (but not that guilty) about how this great nation is a pirate, terrorist state, and who went off and started passing “civil rights” laws to finally start pretending like black people were real Americans. The white liberal thinking was that if you forced regular, racist white people to act like they accepted black people, then maybe they would start feeling that way too.

But that shit never worked, because, as President Half-White said the other day—racism is as American as apple-pie and killing people just to watch 'em die (which, you know, he does a lot).

So, you can take down the Confederate battle flags—hey, Walmart can even, finally, stop selling them to the millions of its best Confederate customers—but that ain't gonna do anything other than drive the hatred into deeper, darker, recesses of the black-hearted white soul.

Now, if you want to honestly address the problem in the USA, you need to tear down every American flag and replace it with—

—and that’s what we really need to have a national debate about.

Not some stupid easy thing like hating the CBF, but we need to talk about replacing the main symbol of hate in America—the American flag itself.

We need to talk about how, and even whether, we are going forward as a nation together, or increasingly as little cultures and tribes, all fighting against but never together.

Maybe disintegration is just the natural process of a nation formed in such ignominy and hypocrisy. Eventually, the USA very well may not survive its own bullshit. So it goes (in history) with any two-bit, flash-in-the-pan, and extremely hateful empire.

UPDATE, June 24, 2015—looks like Rush Limbaugh read me yesterday. He predicts "the left" will soon articulate the very argument I made in this article. Rush writes:
"And I'll make another prediction to you. The next flag that will come under assault, and it will not be long, is the American flag...The American flag is what? It's the symbol of America. The left what? Doesn't like this country very much and never has and it's getting angrier and angrier about it seemingly every day. The American flag stands for the United States of America and, as such, everything that's wrong with it. And you wait. It isn't gonna be long before the American flag is gonna cause chills, fear, scary thoughts, it's gonna make me nervous, the American flag, when I see the American flag, it's a symbol of hate."
The jerk needs to acknowledge his sources.