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Black SC Senator Waves Confederate Flag in Chambers

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State Senator Robert Ford stepped up to the microphone in the South Carolina Senate Thursday with a Confederate flag, challenging blacks to take part in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

I am not making this up.

South Carolinians, he says, should get used to seeing plenty of Confederate flags over the next four years.  I certainly can’t argue with that.  We’re stuck with it, like it or not.

His reasoning in celebrating the war is the fact that it resulted in the end of slavery:

“Instead of dividing yourself, talking about why the war was fought, and I don’t like this, and I don’t like that, understand this: if you’re African-American, before the war you were a slave, and after the war you were free.”

Well, granted, the war did end with the slaves being free. But it also ended with more than 620,000 soldiers, Union and Confederate, white and black, dead. It remains America’s deadliest war.

I just find it a little odd to be celebrating any aspect of this war.  Even Ford’s logic is like saying a debilitating stroke should be celebrated because it leaves its overweight victim unable to shove large amounts of junk food into his mouth: you’re taking a huge loss to be able to “celebrate” a win.

I think the war should be remembered, but not something to be celebrated. It should be viewed as a time when hopelessly stubborn people couldn’t nail down a compromise and were too set in their ways to give it much effort at all. It sounds alarmingly similar to politics of today.

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