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Allen may have to Apologize for Apology

Friday, September 29, 2006

(SNN Richmond) Sen. George Allen was criticized today by the Sons of Confederate Veterans for admitting that some see they confederate flag as a racist symbol.

It is unfathomable that people could consider the Confederate flag a racist symbol.

Last month at a campaign stop with a predominately black audience, Allen explained his ownership of confederate flags. "What I was slow to appreciate and wish I had understood much sooner," Allen said, "is, for black Americans, an emblem of hate and terror, an emblem of intolerance and intimidation. And the same goes for burning crosses on people yards. I had no idea people found it offensive. I merely saw it as weed control."

But not everyone is happy with Sen. Allen admitting that some people may be intimidated by the flag. B. Frank Earnest Sr. of the Sons of the Confederacy would like an apology. "He's apologizing to others, certainly he should apologize to us as well.”

Earnest goes as far as to suggest that Allen might be trying to defuse some of the trouble he has gotten into for previous racist statements. "We're all aware, ourselves included, of the statements that got him into this. The infamous macaca statement. He's using our flag to wipe the muck from his shoes that he's now stepped in." And if there’s on thing that B. Frank Earnest Sr. knows about, it’s how to step in muck.

Allen has been criticized for hanging the confederate flag in his home. However, Allen has said that his confederate flag is merely part of a flag collection. Sometimes, he shows the Confederate flag, sometimes the flag of Indonesia, Latvia, or Portugal, but never Niger.

As a southerner, I am outraged and embarassed that the KKK has taken OUR flag and used it for THEIR breed of hate. The Confederate flag is about heritage, NOT hate. There were not only white people, but black people who fought WILLINGLY for the Confederacy.

As unforunately as slavery was, the Union had slaves, just like the Confederacy. Abolishing slavery was one of the best things to ever happen. With that said, people who are offended by the historical view of the Confederate flag, need a history lesson. As for the KKK, they're stupid cowardly fuckers- just ignore them.
Is it ethical to fly the Confederate Navy Jack (the real name of the flag that cinnamon is talking about)?

I can make the same argument regarding the swastika as cinnamon makes regarding the Confederate Navy Jack. "Avoid the appearence of evil." Somebody said that somewhere, and I think they might have been important or something.
Here in Orey-gon we see the Confederate flag as a symbol of racism, however subtly displayed on the ole pick-up truck, whether blowing in tatters from the C.B. antenna or a tastful sticker in the back window small anough not to distract from the impressive gun rack.
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