Confederate Flag Raised to Honor Those Who Fought; NAACP Says It Honors Slavery

By AWR Hawkins

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Confederate Flag Raised to Honor Those Who Fought; NAACP Says It Honors Slavery
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Washington DC – -(Ammoland.com)-  A Confederate flag flies at mile marker 134 on Interstate 95 in Virginia, raised by the Virginia Flaggers “to honor the 246,000 Confederate soldiers who fought in separate battles in the Fredericksburg vicinity during the Civil War,” according to Fox News.

They see the flag as a symbol of “pride, not racism.”

However, they are being countered by the NAACP, which says the flag does symbolize “racism, oppression… [and] reminds people of slavery.”

Virginia Flaggers' Barry Isenhour told The Washington Post that “he doesn't think of the flag as a symbol of a fight to preserve slavery because” he doesn't think the Civil War was over slavery to begin with. Rather, Isenhour said the Confederates were fighting against “Northern aggression.

Stafford County spokeswoman Cathy Vollbrecht said there have been numerous “complaints and inquiries” about the flag, but there are no plans to take it down. She said her office determined that “no laws have been violated.”

What do you think? Is this a nod to slavery or tribute to Confederate civil war soldiers?

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    SOSA
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    SOSA

    I gotta story for you google black vet receives confederate flag from neighbor.

    He told me the only reason he didn’t hang it up outside is because he didn’t wanna offend me.

    jd
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    jd

    An example of racism is “Black Entertainment Television”,not the history of the South’s finest fighting men defending their freedom.

    RDNK
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    RDNK

    @Oldshooter,at Klan rallies they fly as many American flags as Confederate ! Does the naacp think the American flag represents slavery too ? Who gives a flying F*CK what the africans think ???? The Stars and Bars will continue to be flown by anyone,anytime, anyplace they want ! If the africans dont like it dont look at it ! By giving into everything africans want,look what they hell its gotten us !

    oldshooter
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    oldshooter

    I believe that the political issues were the usual vague issues of power for the politicians in various groups, but they are largely irrelevant to the men who actually fight and die in wars. Wars are typically fought by young men who have been persuaded by their governments, of the rightness of their cause, and that “the cause” is important enough to warrant risking your life to take the lives of others on the fields of battle. The great tragedy of the Civil War was that it was fought by ordinary men on each side, and those men were fighting… Read more »

    Larry
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    Larry

    If that flag stands for slavery then the NAACP stands for all the blacks sold into slavey by other blacks in Africa and the long history of African slavery.

    TEX
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    TEX

    The naacp is about advancement of africans ? Those fools really need to work on that ! Advanced how ! Africans have regressed bigtime since the War between the States,not advanced at all ! Africans either want government handouts or steal ! How the hell is that advancement ?

    Ol' Vet
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    Ol' Vet

    I’ll go along with TEX. About 1% of the South had slaves, the remainder were just people working to take care of their families, like now. I think if NAACP wants to make a case, they should see how long slavery lasted under the Stars and Stripes, then call everyone racist. However, it was about States Rights, and nothing more for 99% that did not own slaves. If things don’t change, we’ll all be slaves to someone soon. And I ask, as another fella said, where is the 13th Star of the Confederate Flag….it is the only flag that represents… Read more »

    Michel loar
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    Michel loar

    The naacp needs to read there history books because the confederate flag does not represent anything about slavery. The civil war was not about slavery it was about the north oppressing the south way of life. I say that the blacks need to grow up and accept the American history that made this country what it used to be until 2008 when it has started its most unimaginable and rapid downfall since this country was founded and it is not over yet. the confederate flag is as much a part of our history as is the star spangled banner that… Read more »

    DrSiqe
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    DrSiqe

    Some here have written that the Confederate Flag represents secession and, that is not completely untrue. There was a reason for the southern state’s decision to secede, however. They saw an ever encroaching federal government intent on ruling over their state’s rights. Three quarters of a million southerners, mostly farmers and mountain men, did not go to war in order to preserve the rights of a minority to continue owning slaves. They fought to push back against what they perceived as tyranny from Washington. They fought for self-determination. This should all sound oddly familiar, as history is repeating itself. Seems… Read more »

    Ken
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    Ken

    Once again lets rewrite history because it doesn’t follow our objectives, Fact: there were thousands of black slave owners in the south.

    Michael Hayes
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    Michael Hayes

    I am proud of my Southern roots, and proudly fly the Stars and Bars.

    yvette
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    yvette

    “no laws have been violated”…The naacp doesn’t even have the smarts to know the laws before they open their big mouths to make their ignorant comments! This is one reason no one respects them anymore. Aren’t we so tires of hearing about this representing slavery and that representing slavery. News Flash, we already fixed the problem! I say fly that flag high and proud!

    TexStan
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    TexStan

    For groups like the NAACP and more Washington clowns than you can count, keeping racism alive is a very profitable and politically beneficial venture. There seems to be a way to make everything a racial issue.

    This is still America. Fly whatever flag you wish, as long as you are not injuring anyone.

    Dave from San Antonio
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    Dave from San Antonio

    The NAACP will only see what they want to see…the Confederate Flag does NOT represent slavery. It represents a group of States that tried to break away from the Union…what the NAACP doesn’t see or want to see is that they are being sucked into a form of “slavery” by our current administration…as are we ALL.

    Darren
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    Darren

    There is a right to free speech & a right to disagree with what others say. In that sense the flaggers & the NAACP are exercising their rights. While the north was wrong to prevent southern secession the south was wrong to protect slavery. The north wasn’t interested in ending chattel slavery only in maintaining the south in political slavery, this much is true. The southern states made very clear in their secession resolutions that they were defending slavery. That is nothing to celebrate. “The question of treason is distinct from that of slavery; and is the same that it… Read more »

    TSgt B
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    TSgt B

    Why would anyone with half a brain listen to anything that the NAACP says? Like too many formerly good organizations, the NAACP has betrayed the founders of the organization. If they were so concerned about erasing slavery from the corporate memory of America, why do they support the Democrat party, which has done a fine job of keeping them enslaved by telling minorities that they’re just too damned stupid to make it on their own?

    Ricky Allen
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    Ricky Allen

    The Confederate Battle Flag was a sign of an epic battle to secede from the Union. It was not a sign of slavery. Because what some people believed in (slavery) was a way of life for Southern family’s. It was not a correct way of life enslaving, owning people. Lets get it straight. The Civil war was about Secession.

    Jay Dee
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    Jay Dee

    I would say the better arbiter of such views are the black confederate veteran organizations. I suspect they would disagree with the NAACP.

    RDNK
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    RDNK

    12 star Confederate flag ? Where the center star ?

    TEX
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    TEX

    Long live the South and the Stars and Bars ! Many of tens thousands of Proud White Southerners died fighting for that flag and what it represents. If the naacp dont like that,they can kiss my ass !