Country singer Trace Adkins last night addressed criticism he received for wearing a Confederate Flag earpiece to the Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree lighting in New York earlier this week. In a personal note on his Web site, Adkins clarified that he objects to “oppression of any kind,” and that the flag instead represents “remembrance of my Southern lineage.” ”I am a descendant of Confederate soldiers who followed that flag into battle,” he wrote. “To those who view the flag as a symbol of racism, that was not my message and I did not intend offense.”
Comments: Media is desperately trying to find any hint of ´racism´. In the meantime 4 dead Americans in Libya elicits yawns.
As a New Yorker yankee and as I understand it, the Stars and Bars was a war flag. The war wasn´t in any way about racism or slavery; it was about independence.
Do I care if someone´s showing a Confederate flag? No. Should they be attacked for doing so? No.
But as is the norm in this country, ignorance is knowledge; stupidity is intelligence; weakness is strength. That political correctness ever took hold and impelled someone to apologize for nothing proves this.
My Grandfather fought in the civil war for the South, I never knew him but I was told he was a proud soldier and proud of the Confederate flag. He lost everything, home, land, money. It´s not a racist flag. The war was about more than slavery. The media needs to study the true history of the civil war.
Americans have the liberty to feel and express offense at just about anything - except politically correct taboos, of course. Everyone knows it is politically incorrect, i.e. profane, heretical, blasphemous, evil etc. to be politically incorrect. But other than PC, people are free to be offended and to proclaim that they are offended by anything they care to take offense at.
But this does not give them the right to control other people´s speech and behavior. Just because they don´t like something someone says or does doesn´t mean they have the moral or legal or intellectual right to compel them to cease and desist and apologize. There is some real confusion about this business of offense. There are a lot of people who actually seem to believe that their own offense is someone else´s problem to do something about. It is not. Their offense is their offense. If there is a problem it is their problem.
It is, I believe, a mistake to take any notice at all of such addle-brained whiners and complainers. Arguing with them only enrages them more; apologizing and clarifying whatever one said they have chosen to take offense at validates and encourages their imbecility. The only rational response is to ignore them.
Such a lame thing for people to get their undies in a wad about. I just checked out the video, enlarged it enough to fill my computer screen, and I could barely make it out. If no one had drawn my attention to it, I´d have never seen it. No one in that audience noticed, I´m sure.
Lessee, lessee, lessee -- address any of the very real and very serious problems we face, or pretend some something like this is "serious"?
"Alex, I´ll take ´Stupid and Meaningless´ for $200, please."
But I do wonder how li´l Miss Prachi knows what The Railsplitter thinks. How? Oh, how? Is #2 right?
And are there links to her columns on real bias-based violence? On Islamic anti-semitism, black flash mobs, so-called "knockout games"?
#1: The sloppy [or overly PC?] story editors don´t show the "offending" symbol, but I seriously doubt it was the Stars and Bars. And I doubt 1 person in 20 could identify the actual Stars and Bars [which looks like the original "Betsy Ross" US flag, but with two red and one white stripe] as the [first] national flag of the CSA. The squarish banner with the St. Andrew´s, or x-shaped cross [called a "saltire"], is the battle flag f the CSA. It was adopted because of confusion between the US flag and the first Confederate national flag, or Stars and Bars.
#12 is correct, member-state Egypt apparently having just included slavery in its constitution. More fruit of the Obama/Hillary Arab [Muslim] Spring.
I am offended by the hindoo name of the writer - because as we know hindooism teaches that some people are untouchable. I will not listen to anything the fellow writes until he changes his name to something inoffensive like Robert Edward Lee or Nathan Bedford Forrest.
The history of the civil war and the reasons behind it have been perverted by the left to give them another item to scream racism over. A real study of the civil war and the confederacy reveals how wrong their racism cries really are and how Lincoln put us on our current course of destruction by centralized government. Lincoln should not be revered as he is for this very reason. In his effort to keep the union together he sowed the seeds that will lead to its ultimate unraveling. By the way, the stars and bars hang next to the Stars and Stripes in my work shop along with the battle flag of others that fought for, and still do, for liberty. No offense intended. I had kin folk on both sides of that scrape so I know exactly what Trace is saying.
While it is true the left has distorted history and uses perception to mislead and avoid truth, I refuse to support the revisionist history on the so-called right also. At any rate, this is just stupid. The confederate flag has NOTHING to do with race.
Jamaica, Florida, Scotland, Russia (navy),Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia, Misissippi- all better change those racist flags of theirs. new York- who gave you permission to put that Indian- sorry Gupta- Native American on your flag?
I get offended by the GLBT rainbow flag, and black power symbols, but I don´t think they will stop wearing them....so why should Trace stop wearing his? Those arguing for his appoligy want it bth ways...theirs, which is simply not going to happen.
I suggest "Prachi Gupta" take a drive down I-75 around Tampa, FL where he will see one of the biggest Confederate flags in the world flying right along the busy I-75 thoroughfare in one of FL largest cities. He would have a gastric attack no doubt and get his Guptas all in a wad!
Oh, y´all yankees* have done my heart good reading your thoughts on this matter! :wipingawayatear: It´s so good to see some common-sense-thinking remarks, and I thank you. Also, special thanks to #28...amen and amen.
* A yankee friend of mine objected one day when I said he was a yankee. Said he, "I´m not a yankee anymore...I´ve been down here for years and I´m a southerner." I told him, "Bless your heart. We do love you, and you are a southerner at heart, but you´ll always be a yankee to us. If we didn´t like you, you´d be a damnyankee." Which brings to mind the old joke, "Why I wuz pert near 10 year old afore I knew ´damn yankee´ wuz two words." ;)
Seriously - thank you all. I will never understand the thought process of slavery, but it really WAS a war about independence and states´ rights. Walter Williams´s recent column on this was excellent. I do love that man.
I believe the abolition of slavery was a by-product of the civil war,not the reason for it. I wouldn´t mind seeing this movie out about Lincoln but I´m afraid they´ve made him out to be a modern day social activist.
Prachi has not learned to keep her email address from us, it´s at the end of the article. I wrote her the following:
"Just curious, where were your ancestors during the Civil War? Liberals don´t believe in free speech or free expression. I don´t see a right not to be offended in the Constitution. The confederate flag is part our history. What I do find OFFENSIVE is Hillary Clinton scolding Israel for not having empathy with a bunch of savages who want to kill them. Look, the "one" "won", leave us alone."
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