To: HELLRAISER II
Great logic. My daughter is 2. To your way of thinking, the ugly blue flag is "heritage" for her, since it is the only one she's seen flying over the capitol. Seems to me that "heritage", almost by definition, extends back to before you were born.
You may not have taken any action against anyone based on your view of the state flag. Think about how you would feel, however, if you were alive in 1956, and black. And the state changed the flag to the battle flag amidst a torrent of speeches and legislation about resistance to segregation. Do you think your heart would swell with pride over that flag?
Anyway, since you are so confident of the outcome, how about a side bet? If the battle flag were going to be the eventual winner, do ya think Sonny would be running away from it as fast as he can? Anyway - this much is certain - if you want that flag, you must not want Sonny for another term. Because there is no way he will win another with that flag flying over the state house.
posted on 04/04/2003 12:42:01 PM PST
If your daughter grows up looking at the current state flag whether it's the current, old or new state flag for her whole life. Then yes I believe she will grow to be proud of it and the state from which she lives regardless of her race unless she is taught to hate it.
You also state that I might feel different if I was alive in 56, perhaps you are right. I have read some of the things that happened to blacks of that time and it truly was terrible perhaps you were even alive then and it shaped the way you feel.
But I can't understand what it's like to be black, nor can blacks know what it's like to be white. But I can tell you however that I learned all about racism at S.P. Livingston & Butler schools in Jacksonville, Fl and it wasn't Whites doing the abusing it was blacks. How about blacks standing in line waiting to take their turn to beat the $hit out of some kid while another one held them simply because they were white. How about being chased around campus by blacks with straight razors simply because you were white. You see I know all about racism to and it didn't have anything to do with Florida or the State flag.
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