Flags, Jim Crow, the “N” Word and Racism
“Never let a crisis go to waste” was Rahm Emanuel’s famous phrase; accordingly, before all the pertinent facts in the Charleston’s historic black church horrible massacre were known, President Obama wasted no time in issuing a statement pushing his brand of gun control. Not to be outdone, presumed Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton followed suit with equally ridiculous declarations and now, the emphasis has changed to the display of the Confederate flag on state grounds to the point of it almost becoming the new “gotcha!” question asked of Republican presidential candidates. Today, President Obama, in a radio interview, while discussing his notion that we are not yet “cured of racism” dropped the “N word” while mentioning Jim Crow.
Well folks, if you want to discuss the display of the Confederate battle flag, do not ask Republicans because it is not theirs; rather ask Democrats, because the Confederate flag was the battle flag of Southern Democrats, the ones who voted to secede from the Union when a Republican president was elected; during the 1864 presidential election, Democratic party candidate George McClellan’s platform consisted of making peace with the Confederacy, which would have been a de facto recognition of Southern independence plus abrogation of the Emancipation Declaration, essentially returning the nation to its ante bellum status, albeit cut in half. It was Southern Democrats who enacted all of the Jim Crow laws that made life a nightmare for blacks in the South. It was a Southern Democrat, Orville Faubus, who was at the center of the nationally televised Little Rock 9 incident and it was a Southern Republican, President Eisenhower, who sent elements of the 101st Airborne Division to make sure that black kids were escorted to the newly desegragated schools in Little Rock; it was a Southern Democrat, Lester Maddox, who famously chased black patrons from his Georgia diner with an ax handle and who later became governor of Georgia and it was Southern Democrat George Wallace who stood in Montgomery, Alabama, and said “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever”; to his credit, he later repudiated his statements and apologized to the victims of segregation; it was because of the Republicans that the 1964 Voting Rights Act passed over the loud objections of the Democratic side of the aisle, led by Al Gore Sr, of Tennessee and KKK recruiter Robert Byrd, of West Virginia. Lastly, let us remember that it was Southern Democrat Nathan Bedford Forrest who founded the Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski, Tennessee and that the KKK was, from the late 1860’s to the early 1960’s, the terrorist arm of the Democratic party, responsible for the murder of thousands of Southern blacks and whites that dared oppose their reign of terror.
The South is the soul of this country and it should give pause to the race hucksters and charlatans that all the race riots that have occurred in the last 50 years have taken place in northern cities, in those regions that sanctimoniously have wagged their collective fingers at those “backward” southern regions while making fun of their “ignorant” speech patterns. It is in the South where a much greater degree of racial harmony exists, and if there are doubts, just look at the way the city of Charleston reacted to the horrific massacre that took place there and the immediate repudiation and condemnation of the shooter’s racist motives. The speed with which the local authorities arrested and arraigned the confessed perpetrator preempted most, but not all, of the self-aggrandizing pronouncements coming from the White House and the Department of Justice and essentially told the Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons and their ilk “Stay away. There’s nothing for you to see here”