It’s your heritage, and its worth fighting for?
“The war wasn’t about slavery, it was about State’s Rights…”
Yeah, let’s talk about the rights those southern States were trying to obtain, by talking about succession and why the Confederate Flag was made.
Not going to quote textbooks, because every state seems to have its own version of events, but in a nutshell, the top 1% of the south (those families with plantations and wealth) began selling raw goods to other nations, at costs cheaper than what they were selling to northern industry in their own country (we wont get into the European hypocrisy of the era–they ended slavery in their nations, but were more than happy to buy cotton, tobacco, and sugar, from the US South–which hadn’t). Northern legislators dominated the United States Congress, so they levied taxes and tariffs at these southern companies, hurting the economy of the southern states.
Southern elite weren’t willing to change their behavior (being greedy and owning people) and convinced Southern lawmakers that they needed more representation in Congress (Congress was staffed based on a state’s population–the southern states had the least representation). They lobbied to have their slaves counted as ‘in state population’. Congress said no (naturally) because you can’t demand that slaves be considered property (without the human right to leave or vote or work somewhere else) and then demand they be counted as people freely living in your state. The southern lawmakers cried foul, and the northern lawmakers said – tough shit. The right to trade freely those goods acquired on the backs of slave labor, wasn’t a state right–anymore than being allowed to count that slave labor as residents of your state. The South chose to succeed. They made new money, made a new flag, and fired off some shots. The wealthiest people in the South declared war on their own country, because they were greedy–and wanted to own people.
When you talk about your relations fighting for the South, you’re talking about how they fought to maintain the wealth of their 1%, and they died so that those 1% could fucking own people.
Sadly, the South isn’t YOUR South anymore. People of color freely live here, Hispanics and Latinos live here, and OMG, Yankees live here (Sorry UT, why is a statue Jefferson Davis sitting front and center at your campus?) The racial demographic of the South–it’s changed. You can keep your heritage on your front lawn, in your bedroom, on your sheets, and in your purse. Do you really want them to know you honor an era where fighting to keep people as property, and men dying for the wealthy 1%, is something you’re proud of? If so, then I suppose this flag symbolizes a version of the South you’re comfortable with–one that means more to you than the “American South” that’s presently awesome, and part of the United States.