Cheers erupted Friday morning in a crowd gathered around South Carolina’s state capitol as they lowered the Confederate flag. The flag, which flew for the past 54 years, is now just another part of history. It’s a great day to be an American isn’t it?
Now that the Confederate flag is gone, a symbol of such “racial tension and hatred,” America should be “cured” of its racial problem. Bigotry should be forever eliminated because of this historic day, right?
I’m afraid that the Confederate flag isn’t enough, at least students at Yale don’t seem to think so. Recently, Yale students petitioned the university to change the name of one of the 12 residential colleges. Calhoun College was named after an 1804 Yale graduate, John C. Calhoun, who supported slavery. The petition reads as follows:
“The Confederate flag, however, is not the only symbol of white supremacy to confront. The monumental task of eliminating the vestiges of racism must include all monuments and symbols dedicated to people and institutions that fought to preserve slavery and white supremacy. We thus respectfully request that Yale University change the name of Calhoun College.”
I’m quite confident that Yale will give into this societal driven request. Unfortunately, the Internet has made it easy to bully people into agreeing with us. Select groups bully people into believing a certain way. If you don’t support gay marriage, you’re homophobic.
If you speak out against illegal immigration, you’re a bigot. If you believe the confederate flag isn’t evil, you’re a bigot. This isn’t a good way to have meaningful and intellectual conversations.
Allen B. West, a former member of the House of Representatives representing Florida’s 22nd district, posted about the removal of the flag on his Facebook page.
Yippee, the Confederate battle flag has now been removed from the grounds of the South Carolina State Capitol. And, just like that, it solves the problem of black-on-black crime and killings. Now we’ll see the out-of-wedlock birthrate in the black community drop from 75%. There will be better educational opportunities and schools in South Carolina’s black communities and all across America. The black unemployment rate will drop —especially the almost 40% black teenage unemployment rate. We’ll now see an economic entrepreneurial boon in the inner cities because the Confederate battle flag’s been lowered….
[display_quote align=right]”We’re using objects as scapegoats because of our inability to address the real problem.”[/display_quote]It’s not about the Confederate flag, statues of Confederate soldiers or even buildings named after supporters of slavery. Racism and hatred aren’t things that can be solved by taking down objects. We’re using objects as scapegoats because of our inability to address the real problem. The real problem lies with our inherent sin nature. It’s hearts that need to be changed, not objects taken down.
I was born in Fuzhou, China circa June 1994. I’ve lived the majority of my life in the United States of America. I consider myself incredibly blessed. I live in a small town where it’s 99% white; I go to a university that’s predominantly white. I’m not stupid; I know I look different than my white parents. At first glance, it might be difficult to tell what “type” of Asian I am. On job applications, it’s hard for an employer to tell if my native language is English. To be honest, I’ve become so comfortable with myself that I sometimes forget that I’m Chinese, but I’m not blind to the world around me.
The Confederate flag doesn’t bother me. It’s a part of history that fought for the concept of states rights, which is apparently unheard of these days. It’s not even the “racist” people that bother me. It’s the race baiters that make it their life goal to divide and outrage others. It’s the people that call all white people “racist” like a white professor at Shimer College who suggested that white people commit mass suicide because of their hand in slavery.
We’re so focused on pointing fingers and dividing people into groups that we’ve forgotten the things that make us all the same. We all experience emotions, whether they are good or bad. We experience joy and happiness yet we are afflicted with pain in one way or another. You see, pain and evil, they don’t care what color you are.
Society and the media are trying to divide us. We’re not people with different opinions. We’re labeled as bigots or homophobes. We’re divided into these groups that label us Black, White, Latino or Asian. We’ve ushered in a new era where difference in opinion isn’t accepted. Gone are the days where people can respectfully disagree and gone are the days of the Confederate flag.