What’s the Confederate Flag Mean?

There are folks who may tell you the confederate battle flag [we know which one we mean, right?] is only a soldier’s flag and has nothing to do with racism. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

Here’s Alabama Governor George Wallace on his Inauguration, January 14, 1963.

Take a look at what’s on the lectern in front of him, visible above the “M” in “Alabama.” Recognize it? Sure you do. By the way, you can read the address here while you listen to the video.

In case you don’t want to listen to the entire 33 plus minutes, here’s a one-minute excerpt:

“Today I have stood, where once Jefferson Davis stood, and took an oath to my people. It is very appropriate then that from this Cradle of the Confederacy, this very Heart of the Great Anglo-Saxon Southland, that today we sound the drum for freedom as have our generations of forebears before us done, time and time again through history. Let us rise to the call of freedom- loving blood that is in us and send our answer to the tyranny that clanks its chains upon the South. In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny . . . and I say . . . segregation today . . . segregation tomorrow . . . segregation forever.”

George Wallace the racist segregationist deliberately chose the confederate flag as his symbol.

In that same speech, he articulated a lost cause version of Reconstruction history as well, calling the 14th Amendment “illegal.”

It was no mere coincidence Wallace chose that flag as his symbol–because it’s a symbol of racism as well as treason and the fight to preserve slavery.

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4 comments

  1. Al you brought the sledge hammer today.
    From Strom Thurmond to Wallace there is enough history as you have shown to convince anyone who objectively wants to partake in using the plain truth to reveal what this flag symbolizes to the majority of people who use it for hate or those who are offended and often being threatened by it.

    As you point out everyone knew what these men like Wallace were implying even when they didn’t come out and say it point blank as they often did.
    Of course we know facts are framed as “fake” information or “liberal propaganda” by the very people who by their actions and words display what they deny while they are living, walking proof of what the flag symbolizes.

    Thanks again Al!

    1. Thanks, Rob.

  2. bob carey · · Reply

    Al,
    Great post, sometimes I find myself concentrating on events of 153 years ago and I forget events in my own lifetime. The CBF or any of the other Confederate flags stood for racism and treason then and it stands for the same things today. Hopefully someday we will solve the race problem of the country.

    1. Thanks, Bob.

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