Check your history bud, The south created their own currency and the north was collecting no taxes from the south. There were also several issues that did include slavery that the govt wanted to dictate how states would conduct their buisness.
While I agree and am totally against slavery, That was the end of the UNITED STATES with the states governing themselves and the govts only concern was national defense and upholding the constitution.
Since then the Govt been able to hold the states at ransom for just about anything it wants. Prohibition, Legal drinking age, National speed limit, You name it.
As far as my words defending racisim? How is calling Jessie Jackson a national extoritionist racism? IMHO MLK would probably have smacked him in the mouth profiting off the people he claims to help.
Chuck, who thinks this has nothing to do with coasters but just because I wear a christian flag doesn't mean I hate any other religion. I see people all the time wearing african colors, is that a anti white statment or just pride in their heratage? I think its the later and not racist. *** Edited 6/16/2006 11:12:21 PM UTC by Charles Nungester***
I wasn't writing any sort of long-winded disertation on why I think the South is scary. If I was, then I probably would have included multiple forms of evidence from all of my trips to the South. I would have also listed the thousands of reasons I think the place is scary. But this isn't an essay on my thoughts on that part of the country. You're talking about a one freakin' paragraph side comment on people wearing Confederate attire. I don't have to live in the south to know what it's like; if anything in this thread has been ridiculous to the point of being laughable, it's that.
I've had plenty of history classes, thanks. The reasons for why the American Civil War happened are complicated and many. There are huge economic and political reasons, including many of the things you mentioned above. But the motivating factor behind those economic and political reasons was the fight over slavery. That said, whether or not the war was fought directly over slavery is irrelevant when you're discussing what the Confederate flag stands for today. The rest of your post is just a bit too government-paranoid for me.
*** Edited 6/17/2006 12:41:39 AM UTC by coasterdude318***
Sorry for going political, Maybe I took your views out of context but as someone pointed out earlier, When certain groups embraced the confederate flag as a symbol of superiority is more likely the reason the flag is viewed as racist today.
There were tons of so called Confederates who didn't own or necessarly support slavery but stood up for the states right to govern themselves.
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