I’ve gone from one draft to another, trying to find an effective way to articulate my words. It seems at times, I have so many thoughts running through my head, it’s hard to categorize or pick one from another.
Racism isn’t about the Confederate flag or social injustice. Its about the heart. I should know. I’m a reformed racist. If there is such a thing.
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immortality, theft, false testimony, slander.
Sure, the Confederacy owned human beings they called slaves, but you go back further than that, and a lot of our founders owned slaves. In fact, during the Civil War, blacks weren’t even allowed to fight. I’ve even heard historians claim that Abraham Lincoln wasn’t the abolitionist history books purport him to be.
In recent days, we’ve seen Hillary Clinton grand stand and proselytize that America has a long way to go when it comes to race. She’s even said that we would’ve thought that America had turned a page in the chapter since electing our first black President (he’s half white). Can anyone see or say the obvious? Hillary Clinton is using this event as a launch pad to her presidential run.
When it comes to morals, Bill and Hillary need to put down their stones. After all, during his impeachment process, Bill Clinton ordered a three-day bombing campaign on Iraq, under the guise of U.N. sanctions violations. When the impeachment came down, the bombing stopped. What a coincidence? The Clinton administration has blood on its hands and is responsible for the mass murder of more than 600,000 innocent Iraqis-deaths that Madeleine Albright said were “worth it.”
But back to racism.
You know, I couldn’t disagree more with Hillary. I think the United States has come a long way since slavery, Jim Crow laws and the Civil Rights movement. Today, we have black men and women on the upper echelons of industry, entertainment and sports. People of different color have let down the race barrier and have assimilated. Sure, we have turbulent times now and again. But even that isn’t enough to justify the indictment of the Confederate flag and the entire white race-all because of a lone-nut assassin.
You know, you can take an ideology and attach it to any flag you want. Adolf Hitler took the swastika and flipped it around. But when you look at the Stars and Stripes, what do you see? Do you see “the freedom for which she stands?” G.W. Bush? Barack Obama? Or do you see one of the lesser known topics the government would rather not talk about?
Here’s a better question: when the world looks upon the flag of the United States of America, what do they see?
We can blame the Confederate flag all day long for the Charleston massacre, because it’s something real-something tangible. But it’s not responsible for Dylann Roof’s actions anymore than what it was when Fort Sumpter was fired upon. From 1861 to 1864, the Confederate States of America had a short lifespan. And like it or not, Confederacy history is American history. We shouldn’t be ashamed of our history, nor should we shy away from it. We should uncover it, no matter how unsavory the truth will be.
Dylann Roof will spend the rest of his life in prison, while victims families will have a chance to make an impact that far outweighs his actions. Services at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church will thrive. In time to come, South Carolina will have to make a decision about their state flag.
Perhaps it’s time to move on.
All man’s ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart.