By Al Benson Jr.
It should be common knowledge by now that when liberals, socialists, and communists have something on their agenda they seldom quit until they get what they want. Much as I hate to do it, I have to credit them for their tenacity in pursuing their agendas and I could wish our folks on the right had a little more of that tenacity. When the communists and their buddies lose a fight they come back next year, and next year, and so on until they wear their opposition down. And their “opposition”—in many cases, like the judge in Luke 18 that feared neither God nor man, will end up giving them what they want just so that they will no longer trouble them. Christians and patriotic folks have not yet learned that lesson. Most of our folks fight one battle, lose it, and tuck tail and run home and we don’t even think about coming back next year—and so the leftists win by default.
Several years back there was a big fuss in Mississippi over the state flag. The “progressives” (liberals, socialists and communists) claimed the flag represented “racism” and slavery and they wanted to replace it with some watered-down rag that had no cultural or regional significance whatever—the same game they play in all the Southern states—replace yet another Southern symbol with cultural genocide on a piece of cloth.
Some of the good folks in Mississippi resisted their efforts and traveled around the state to rallies and meetings educating the public (because they sure didn’t get it in public school) as to what was going on and who was doing it. There was finally a referendum put up that allowed Mississippians to vote on whether to keep their current state flag with the St. Andrews cross on it or to adopt the proposed politically correct and insipid rag.
When the folks in Mississippi had the chance to vote they voted 67% or right around there, to keep their current flag. There were some black folks that voted to keep the current flag. So the far left lost that particular battle. Now, after nursing their wounds and planning new strategy for a decade and a half, they seem to be drifting back.
There was an article by a Donna Ladd on http://www.jacksonfreepress.com for October 30th which had several comments about the state flag—none of them good. She started out her article saying: “Ah, the flag. The Mississippi State flag is like that obnoxious relative at a family gathering. He’s offensive, disrespectful and not representative of your family’s values at all—one hopes—but he’s not going anywhere anytime soon. So you put up with him.”
Ms. Ladd complained about the state’s “racist” past, about slavery and about how blacks were treated and all the usual litany of leftist complaints. You’d think, reading what she said, that no place but the deep South ever had any slaves. If she was educated in public school that may be exactly what she believes. However, as much as she probably would not be willing to believe it, all of the original states, both North and South, had the institution of slavery at some point and many of the Northern states didn’t get rid of it as early as she probably would have liked. She probably would also not be willing to believe that just about all the slave trading ships in this country came out of New England and were captained by New Englanders.
If Ms. Ladd would like to do a little homework on the subject other than the liberal twaddle she has been fed I would recommend Donnie Kennedy’s book Myths of American Slavery ( Pelican Publishing) and another one, written by three Northern reporters who worked at the Hartford Courant newspaper in Hartford, Connecticut. The name of it is Complicity–How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery (Ballantine Books, New York). I’m sure both of these would be a real shocker for Ms. Ladd.
She complains about Mississippians who don’t seem to have a problem with the flag. She rants “So? Rights have always been about that of the individual, not the majority, by necessity. And what might have happened if more people were educated about the flag’s true origins, not to mention what the dang secession declaration proves about slavery?” In truth, if more people understood what the St. Andrews cross on the flag really meant we wouldn’t even be having this debate again, in fact we would not have had it the first time.
She complains about Mississippi playing the age old “game of defiance” in regard to keeping the flag. I wonder if Ms. Ladd ever really did any checking into what went on in Mississippi during what is euphemistically called “reconstruction.” If she did, which I doubt, she might understand the feeling of Mississippi’s people toward federal tyranny, both yesterday and today. I’ll bet she is a big proponent of Obamacare. If she is like most leftists then federal tyranny to her is security and safety, and we are all “racists” because we don’t want to bow down to it. If she wants to understand why Mississippi folks revere their State flag I would also suggest that she read Claude Bowers The Tragic Era. Ms. Ladd doesn’t seem to realize that racial attitudes in the North were about the same as they were in Mississippi. If she has bought into the fable that, in the North, racial attitudes were all as pure as the driven snow, then reading some real history would give her a rude awakening!
I am wondering if her article is a trial balloon to try to gauge how much sentiment there is for trying to pull another attempt at getting rid of Mississippi’s State flag. With a new far-left mayor in Jackson, one that had help with his election all the way from New York, you can be sure they would love to do away with Mississippi’s state flag as part of their cultural genocide agenda.