Daniels makes a couple of great points. One, as a northerner, I can concur wholeheartedly with. When I was growing up the confederate flag, to me, was never a symbol of racism. I always thought the south waved that flag as a way of telling the north that they weren’t “all that,” because the elitist north most definitely looked down upon the south, just as Daniels suspected.
It was a team mentality that was largely instigated by school curriculums. We were always taught about the Mason-Dixon line, and the distinct separation between the north and south. Why? We continued to virtually fight the civil war over a hundred years after it was fought.
Why did that have to be taught? It’s a stupid rift. We are all Americans.
Daniels clarifies that he doesn’t see it as his place to tell the people of South Carolina or anywhere else what flags they can fly, “but I truly hate to see the opportunists move in and create a symbol of hate out of a simple piece of cloth.”
He adds, “Of course we know most politicians are going to chime in and glean whatever political hay that is available, but, in my book, the corporate rush to rid their shelves of anything with the Confederate battle flag on it is pure hypocrisy. If they felt that deeply about the subject, they should have done something years ago and I notice they have no problem accepting the profits from the merchandise they have on hand.”
Daniels goes on to recount his own experience growing up in the South, where he says there was a widespread feeling at the time that Northerners looked down on Southerners. The country legend says that as result, “the Confederate battle flag was a sign of defiance, a sign of pride, a declaration of a geographical area that you were proud to be from.”
“That’s all it is to me and all it ever has ever been to me,” he states. “I can’t speak for all, but I know in my heart that most Southerners feel the same way.”
Daniels writes that he has no desire to see the return of the Confederacy, and he believes people of all races deserve the same rights and advantages. He sees the flag issue as an issue of states’ rights. “I feel that this controversy desperately needs to be settled without federal interference and input from race baiters like Al Sharpton, that it’s up to the individual states as to what they allow to be a part of their public image, what the majority of the people of any given state want should, in my opinion, be their policy,” he says.
To those who question his sincerity, Daniels points out that he lived through times of deep racial prejudice and Jim Crow laws, “when the courts were tilted against any black man, the segregated educational system was inferior and opportunities for blacks to advance were almost nonexistent,” adding that he formed his own views “out of experience and disgust.”
“I hold no ill feelings and have no axes to grind with my brothers and sisters of any color. The same God made us, the same God will judge us, and I pray that He will intervene in the deep racial divide we have in this nation and make each person — black or white — see each other for what we truly are, human beings, no better, no worse,” he says.
“It’s time to do away with labels, Caucasian-American, African-American, Asian-American, Native American and so forth,” Daniels finishes. “How about just a simple ‘AMERICAN’?”
I agree with Daniels’ last point, as well. As long as the country is in the throes of leftist fiat, how about we make a demand of our own.
The term African-American has to be sh!t-canned. It is divisive. It is every bit as *divisive as the confederate flag.
*If the confederate flag is divisive.