In his most recent post on the Confederate battle flag, Rich said something that should give us all pause when we speak of the actions of people long-dead, living in cultures so different from our own:
The fact is that if anyone banging on about the Confederacy at the moment on Twitter were born in the 1840s in the South, outside of a few select areas, they, too, would have fought for the Confederacy. That should lend a measure of modesty to this debate.
It should, but it likely won’t. Moral outrage is just too good a drug for most people. It allows one to feel righteous in the complete absence of any personal risk. Indeed, there are great social benefits to joining the online mob. Good guys win, bad guys get shamed, and “social justice” wins a round. What’s not to like?
Moral judgments about the past are of course valuable (indeed, that’s one reason why we preserve history rather than bulldozing it), but in the absence of humility and knowledge, we can blind ourselves to its true lessons for our present. You would think that given the righteous anger at the dehumanizing institution of slavery — followed by the dehumanizing, racist institution of Jim Crow — that our nation would have its fill of telling some human beings they are less valuable than others. You would think our nation would have no tolerance for deadly violence systematically directed against the most vulnerable in our society. And, yes, you would think that the righteous outrage of the Twitter machine would roll down from the cyber-heavens until our nation formally and legally acknowledged that #BlackLivesMatter — indeed #AllLivesMatter.
But you’d be wrong. Many of the same people who are most enthusiastically behind the latest round of social justice warfare — centered around flags and symbols that kill no one — also zealously defend an abortion-on-demand regime born in racism and the racist quack “science” of eugenics.
The utter and complete irony of the Left’s alliance with Islamic actors on the scene should shut up all these anti-Confederate Flag screamers…….but due to cognitive dissonance it doesn’t.
There are probably more slaves being held in the oil-rich Gulf states than the South EVER had……many of them Africans.
There are also more female slaves being held by Boko Haram (allied with ISIS) today than most plantations in the South EVER had.
Add to this there are more slaves under ISIS than any one state in the South held at any one time.
But Islamic Muslim blacks are the leaders inside this new Black Grievance Movement.
I was quite proud of the Christian stand for forgiveness shown in South Carolina.
The Black Grievance leaders couldn’t get any traction.
So, they went after a symbol instead.
Why let a crisis go to waste?
@Nanny G: You can be darn sure the Black Christian leaders of Charleston want the flag removed .In fact I believe a majority of the S.C. citizens led by their Conservative Gov. and 2 Conservative Senators now want it removed—good for them.
The left love emotion-charged riotous mob-rule, and seem eager to incite their lynch-mobs of useful idiots, and to mobilize imported paid activist troops.
Wisely, Reverend Norvel Goff and the congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church have no intention in jumping on that political bandwagon and will not join in with a leftist activist plan to torching their town (as has happened in too many cities of late.)
You would think that Democrats would have learned their lesson with their historical support of their KKK thugs whom would have likely embraced the killer as a hero.