I look at the footage of the protests, and I see the vulgar signs, scrawled by hands that trembled under the coercion of the blackest of hatred; I read the comments of the emboldened Philistines in suits and ties, whose every word is calculated to insult an entire culture and enflame a barbarous horde; I behold the faces of the haters on the street, contorted into demonic-looking visages as they shriek their hateful demands. And it’s happening because those creatures have gleefully embraced what they know to be a lie — that the Confederate flag on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds is responsible for a lunatic killing nine blacks.
It’s the same sort of lie that says Michael Brown was just a good boy who dindoo nuffins when he was inexplicably shot by White police officer; it’s the same sort of lie that says Trayvon Martin was minding his own business when he was stalked and killed by something called a “White Hispanic;” it’s the same sort of lie that says Omar Thornton was right to murder eight White people after he was fired from his job for stealing from his employer; and on and on and on and on. And everyone — including blacks — knows they are lies. But just like the crowd that chose Barabbas over Jesus, so the haters have chosen “controlling the narrative” over seeking the truth. So, the lies are allowed to fester into what we see happening in South Carolina because black lies matter.
Surely, something that is so hated by such a despicable and vile community is certainly worthy of preserving. But, alas, the Confederate flag in Columbia will come down; political expediency, cowardice, the prevalent hatred demand it. For the people who will claim victory, the day after the flag comes down will show not one bit of improvement in their barren, bigoted lives. That’s what lies do to people. In fact, for most of them, they will be a bit more miserable, because they will have indulged their hatred to get the result they wanted. And the result they want is bragging rights, nothing more. Indeed, that’s the absolute most they can get for all their spleen and gall, because bragging rights do not result in jobs; bragging rights are not a marketable skill; bragging rights do not earn a diploma; bragging rights do not increase EBT deposits; bragging rights do not stop bullets from flying in black neighborhoods; bragging rights will not get them better Section 8 housing; bragging rights do not get people out of poverty; bragging rights do not change the price of meth; bragging rights do not make “baby-daddies” accept their responsibilities. But none of that matters; the flag will be gone! And, to borrow from Bill Murray’s Caddyshack character, they’ll have THAT going for them, which is nice (so they think).
But, the flag gone from the Statehouse does not equal the flag totally gone. Relatively few people have been to the S.C. Statehouse, and have therefore never seen the flag there. But sales of the banner have skyrocketed, and there will be more Confederate flags seen by more people than ever before. Ironic, isn’t it? And more people will be inspired by what they know to be the truth — that the Confederate flag has always stood for resistance to tyranny, even the tyranny that plagues South Carolina these days; they’ll be inspired by the memory of Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, and they’ll remember that they were two of the best, noblest, and most sterling men to ever bless the earth with the prints of their boots; they’ll be inspired to live their lives productively and honorably — exactly opposite of the lives of the people who hate the Confederate flag because they hate us. There’s just something about that flag that brings out the best in the people who see the truth behind it. But that’s what the truth does to people.
Winston Smith is a staff member of The Political Cesspool Radio Program.
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