Thursday, June 25, 2015

Louis Farrakhan on Flags

In less than a week after the racist shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, there has been a remarkable public retreat regarding the Confederate Battle Flag, which the killer trumpeted as one of his racist inspirations.  

Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) acted promptly and requested that the state legislature pass bills removing the stars and bars from the State Capitol and into a museum.  Several other states have made motions to remove the flag or insignia from state property. Major retailers such as Walmart , Ebay and Amazon have decided to stop selling the rebel banner. Warner Brothers has resolved excise the Confederate Battle Flag from all Dukes of Hazard merchandise and future public releases. 

Despite the deft political maneuvers by Republican leadership to remove Confederate symbols made prominent by anti-Civil Rights Democrats (e.g. Democrat Governor Fritz Hollings put the stars and bars on the South Carolina state capitol in 1962), such political gestures are insufficient to the perpetually aggrieved class. Rush Limbaugh predicted that the next target by makegrates would be the American Flag.  How right he was.

The Reverend Louis Farrakhan, speaking before the Metropolitan AME church in Washington DC, used a planning session for an October Millions for Justice mobilization to rail against the racism which he perceives is embodied in the Stars and Stripes. 

Farrakhan is positioning the October event as "Justice or else".

School children used to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to a flag for which it stands.  It seems that we will be determining if the American flag stands for "Justice for all" or "Just us".

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