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that I found insulting. (Not insulting to me personally, mind you, since I'm neither a Confederate flag waver nor a NASCAR fan.)IOW, they're too stupid to know the true symbolism, generally speaking.
At the Constitutional Convention there were arguments over slavery. Representatives of the Northern states claimed that if the Southern slaves were mere property, then they should not be counted toward voting representation in Congress. Southerners, placed in the difficult position of trying to argue, at least in this case, that the slaves were human beings, eventually came to accept the three-fifths compromise, by which five slaves counted as three free men toward that representation. By the end of the convention the institution of slavery itself, though never specifically mentioned, was well protected within the body of the Constitution.
It seemed to Thomas Jefferson and many others that slavery was on its way out, doomed to die a natural death. It was becoming increasingly expensive to keep slaves in the agrarian society of the south. Northern and Southern members of Congress voted together to abolish the importation of slaves from overseas in 1808, but the domestic slave trade continued to flourish. The invention of the cotton gin made the cultivation of cotton on large plantations using slave labor a profitable enterprise in the deep South. The slave became an ever more important element of the southern economy, and so the debate about slavery, for the southerner, gradually evolved into an economically based question of money and power, and ceased to be a theoretical or ideological issue at all. It became an institution that southerners felt bound to protect.
It was this line:that I found insulting. (Not insulting to me personally, mind you, since I'm neither a Confederate flag waver nor a NASCAR fan.)IOW, they're too stupid to know the true symbolism, generally speaking.
I think the idea that NASCAR fans, or Southerners, or People who have a respect for Southern traditions are, generally speaking, stupid is a bit of an insult to a broad section of humanity.
While the confederate flag is significant in terms of history, flying it today imparts a negative impression...largely due to the behavior and attitudes of those who insist on displaying it.
Shapley wrote: True, we have a flag, as well as having one of fifty State's flags to fly. Lots of people and government facilities also have a POW-MIA flag flying, although I think the probability of bringing any more of them home has diminished greatly in the last thirty-plus years. People who want to show that they remember those who fought and died or were captured or vanished in Vietnam continue to fly the POW-MIA flag. I suppose those who want to remember ancestors that fought and died for the Southern Cause during the Civil War may choose to fly the flag they fought under, as well.
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