LOS ANGELES, June 24, 2015 — After a white racist shot nine black people in a Charleston, S.C., church, liberals sprang into action. They immediately began pushing gun control, but that is a non-starter. Rather than deal with mental illness, liberals zeroed in on the Confederate flag. While the flag has absolutely nothing to do with the church murders, it is a source of pain for many black Americans. Slavery was real, and the Confederate flag did represent an attempt at building a nation where black men were treated as less than human.
For many white Southerners, the Confederate flag is a source of pride. These people are not racists, but they were not subjected to the evil of slavery either. Even if the Charleston shooting were a smokescreen for those with an agenda, the catalyst does not necessarily delegitimize the action taken.
What is missing from the discussion is that there is another reason to take down the Confederate flag that has absolutely nothing to do with race.
A man named Finis Cole offered his alternative thoughtful perspective. Cole is not famous. He is an everyday American like the rest of us. He happens to be black. He also happens to be politically conservative. Neither of those facts matter in terms of his rationale. More important than anything else, Cole is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces.
“Maybe I’m ignorant to the details, but last I checked, the Confederacy lost the war. I’ve never heard of a situation where the loser still flew their flag from government buildings. Why not fly Britain’s Union Jack over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.? Or the Mexican flag over the state capitol in Sacramento? If you lose the war, your (stuff) comes down. Simple as that.
“As far as flying an enemy flag over a government building, that’s damn near treason in my opinion. Who is your allegiance to? The United States or a foreign enemy who fought the United States in one of the most bloody conflicts in our history?
“This issue is about flying the battle flag of an enemy to the United States, who took up arms against the United States, on any government property. It’s insane in my opinion. I don’t care what they say about culture or heritage, they carried it on the battlefield to war with the United States. To me, particularly as a veteran, that’s the end of the conversation right there.”
As a black conservative, Cole knows that hatred can come from anywhere toward anyone. As a black man, he knows that real racism toward blacks exists. He knows that there are also false accusations of racism meant to intimidate whites. As a conservative, he knows that ideological bigotry can be as pernicious as racial bigotry, and in many cases more overt. Far too many liberals despise conservatives. They play the racial bigotry card when the real issue is hatred toward conservatives simply for being conservatives. With the Confederate flag, Cole offers the perspective that unites us all.
He is an American. He loves this country and served it nobly like so many before him. While he has the distinction of being a veteran, many before him were not so lucky. That is why America has Memorial Day. Those who are honored on the last Monday in May died defending the American flag. America exists because those soldiers defeated other soldiers committed to the destruction of the United States of America. America is determined not to let an ISIS flag, an al Qaeda flag, a Russian flag, a Chinese flag or any other flag fly over American buildings.
For this reason, it is time to honor all Americans who love this nation. The Union flag should be the only one flying high. It may be time to end the Civil War and bring that other flag down.