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Confederate flag to fly today in Missouri


Missouri cracker Gov. Matt Blunt wants to mark Confederal Memorial Day; NAACP’s Mary Ratliff: “It is just appalling to me that the governor would again raise a flag that is so humiliating and reminds us of the vestige of slavery that has divided our nation for all these years.”

This news story notes that Missouri never joined the Confederacy, but it was a divided state during the Civil War (some residents fighting for the Union, some for the Confederacy). Guess there’s no division now, ha ha, since the state’s Repug gov has decided it’s A-OK to fly the flag Sunday.

I am so tired of the “it’s not about slavery or racism” bullsh*t excuses that come out of these “Confederate Historical Society” types. Again, it about trying to downplay a painful time in history by romanticizing it.

Republican Gov. Matt Blunt has ordered the Confederate flag to fly Sunday at the Confederate Memorial State Historic Site in Higginsville, where an afternoon graveside service is planned to mark Confederate Memorial Day. The flag will fly for only one day, but a Blunt spokesman said Friday the governor also supports a scholarly review of whether it would be appropriate to again fly the Confederate flag regularly at the historic site.

Mary Ratliff, president of the Missouri State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was irate about Blunt’s decision. “It is just appalling to me that the governor would again raise a flag that is so humiliating and reminds us of the vestige of slavery that has divided our nation for all these years,” Ratliff said.

The state NAACP has a regularly scheduled meeting today in Columbia, and Ratliff said she would be “asking for drastic measures from our national office.” She noted the NAACP has led a 5-year-old boycott of South Carolina because of its display of the Confederate flag on the statehouse grounds, although not everyone is following the group’s lead.

…Blunt’s decision was welcomed by John Christensen, commander of the Missouri Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and head of the local camp in Springfield. “It wasn’t about racism, the war, and (the flag’s) just a symbol of the South,” Christensen said.

It just doesn’t fly. It’s like the Cary, NC Christian school that wanted to teach that blacks enjoyed the slave life in its “Southern Slavery, As It Was” history pamphlet. The excuse for that crap was the principal said it is hard to find writings that are both “sympathetic to the South and explore what the Bible says about slavery.”

Thanks to House Blender Jeff for the pointer.

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