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Burning the Flag of Racism

The State of South Carolina imposes up to a $100 fine and a jail term up to 30 days on anyone convicted of publicly mutilating, defacing, jeering at, trampling upon or defiling the Confederate States of America flag.    Last Memorial Day a Black artist  burned and buried the Confederate flag across the South.

Artist John Sims (Facebook) right Confederate flag burning (Fotolia © michaklootwijk)

Artist John Sims (Facebook) right Confederate flag burning (Fotolia © michaklootwijk)

Ways to get involved: Host a flag-burning party on Sept. 12. Tell us where and when you're holding it, and we'll publish a list of events. Send us photos of the event. We'll post them here. Upload a video of the event onto YouTube. We'll embed it or link to it. Let them know we're watching. Dress up like a clown and take a partially  burned flag to a local tea party event (Don't burn a flag at the event unless local laws allow it.) Spread the word via Facebook (here's our Facebook group), Twitter, and other social media. Submit your own ideas, below in the comments. We'll use them to update this list. Place a banner on your blog, website, or social media profile. Here are a couple of examples you can use:

How to Burn a Flag
Host a flag-burning party on Sept. 12.
Tell us where and when you’re holding it, and we’ll publish a list of events.
Send us photos of the event. We’ll post them here.
Upload a video of the event onto YouTube. We’ll embed it or link to it.
Let them know we’re watching. Dress up like a clown and take a partially burned flag to a local tea party event (Don’t burn a flag at the event unless local laws allow it.)
Spread the word via Facebook (here’s our Facebook group), Twitter, and other social media.
Submit your own ideas, below in the comments. We’ll use them to update this list.
Place a banner on your blog, website, or social media profile. Here are a couple of examples you can use:

Can anyone imagine how an African American feels on seeing the flag of his owners displayed in America?  I can not think of a better way for any American to spend Memorial Day than to burn a Confederate flag.

John Sims, a Black artist from Sarasota, Florida, exercised  his First Amendment rights by  burning and burying the Stars and Bars . Simultaneous coordinated ceremonies occured in  11 former secessionist states, and Kentucky and Missouri.

“We are in America, and people have the right to fly whatever flag [they want],” Sims said. “And I have the right to bury whatever flag, and to burn whatever flag.”

Meanwhile,  “This is not only terribly offensive, but astonishingly idiotic, for every flag he burns and buries, we will put 10 more up.” said Ben Jones, a former Democratic congressman from Georgia who is now a spokesman for the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

A century after the surrender at Appomattox,  the symbol of slavery is still

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Local poet Ron Whitehead reads a poem about the Confederate flag’s contentious symbolism in a Springfield, Kentucky, graveyard on Monday. In the background are rows of graves of war dead with freshly placed Dixie flags for Memorial Day. Video Still/Ron Whitehead
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States that outlaw burning the confederate flag: South Carolina (sic), Mississippi, Louisiana,Georgia,Florida,Alabama,Kentucky,

celebrated across the former confederacy.   Recently the Sons of Confederate Veterans sued the state of Texas to require a specialized license plate containing their Confederate insignia. Of course Texas was “freed” from Mexico in part because Sam Houston and his followers wanted the freedom to own slaves … something Mexico had abolished.  A statue of  Confederate President Jefferson Davis sits in a prominent spot on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has its Saunders Hall honoring  Confederate colonel and KKK Grand Dragon William Saunders.  In Alabama, Myron Penn (D-AL), a former State Senator and County Commissioner, received death threats after  removing Confederate flags from soldiers’ graves in the local city owned cemetery.

Aswimming pool in SCfter the Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation decision, states such as Georgia reintroduced the flag or other states incorporated the secessionist symbol into their  state flags.  While Mississippi remains the only state flag to incorporate the Confederate emblem, others still fly the Stars and Bars in a place of honor.  Last year,  South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley defended the flag that flies before her state house by noting the display of Southern pride was not bad for business. “I can honestly say I have not had one conversation with a single CEO about the Confederate flag,”

from  David A. Love at Grio: 

When you celebrate Memorial Day, raise a fist for John Sims. Thank him for speaking his mind and expressing his beliefs. The Confederate flag is a symbol of white supremacy and the years of suffering of black people, and that lingering hope of some that we will return to toiling in the cotton fields, and swinging from the poplar trees if we get too uppity. This is the N-word on a pole. If America had its own version of the Nazi swastika, this would be it.”

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  1. Roger Rabbit #
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    I think it’s perfectly appropriate and fitting to decorate the graves of Confederate war dead with Confederate flags. After all, you wouldn’t put U.S., British, or French flags on the German graves at Normandy, would you?

  2. LucasFoxx #
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    That would be about the only appropriate place for those flags; confederate graves and museums.

  3. Jeffrson Davis Adkins II #
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    Disgracing a confederate flag is NOT a constitutional right, It’s disgraceful! Anyone you are pumping up to have a flag burning party, Please make sure I’m invited and I’ll bring people with me. I’m sure these idiots are Democrat puppets to. It’s funny that all of these things they ‘think’ are racist were created by the Democratic party, including the kkk.You think we like the fact that an average white guy could never get a job over an average black guy, even when we are more qualified or that everyone has to ‘watch what they say’ to keep from upsetting the black folk, or that we have to continually listed to their comedians and artists talk shit about the ‘white devil’, or that they walk around with their pants around their butt crack, or that anytime someone has something bad to say about one of them it’s because we are ‘racist’, or that even though they supposedly want to be treated equal they have to have celebrations for them ‘only’? IE; black entertainment awards, Black only beutie pagents, Black entertainment channel, and oh yea, ‘Black History month.’ It’s a bunch of BULLSHIT!, but we have to put up with it, and of course all of the bullshit law suits on discrimination if something doesn’t go their way, it’s obviously because they are Black! We have to put up with all of this bullshit and there is alot more of us so as far as I’m concerned they can SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT OUR FLAGS! Deal with it like we have to deal with all the entitlements they receive and the disrespectful behavior they give, and all of the and all of the disrespectful ‘white retoric’ they spew! Remember in the 80’s ? Many of them were wearing the red, yellow and green African necklaces and garb. That was EXTREMELY offensive, but we had to deal with it, SO QUIT BITCHING ABOUT US CELEBRATING OUR FLAG, especially when 99% of us tell you the flag doesn’t mean celebrating slavery to any of us, it’s just a celebration of our COUNTRY CULTURE. Just like alot of Urban folks wear gold chains and $200 sneakers, and Oh yea don’t forget the BLACK POWER fist in the air that we have to look at during numerous performances, and regardless of what the flag means to each individual the fact is, it means alot to alot of people, so DEAL WITH IT JUST LIKE WE HAVE TO! And please, in all sincerity, invite me to your flag burning and I don’t care if it’s a rebel flag or the American flag, neither will be tolerated!

  4. theaveeditor #
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    So, you also think it is OK to fly the Nazi and ISIS flags? How about Frakkhan, is it OK by you if he celebrates Black superiority?



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