Monday, June 29, 2015
Confederate Flags, Microaggression and the Thought Police
“You speak English very well.”
“What are you? You’re so interesting looking!”
“You are a credit to your race.”
“When I look at you, I don’t see color.”
“There is only one race, the human race.”
“I believe the most qualified person should get the job.”
“America is the land of opportunity.”
“America is a melting pot.”
The statements above seem innocent enough. But according to tool developed by UCLA, it's actually microaggression. That's a fancy word about subtle bigotry, racism, etc. While crossing the street to avoid a black or Latino person can certainly be a form of racism, most of the examples listed above are not. The Confederate battle Flag controversy appears to be the latest victim of the thought police, which appears to have little regard for something called the First Amendment.
Few would argue that it has any place as a sanctioned symbol of any public government. But this is no reason to ban it from a parade, which is what happened in Lewisburg this weekend. Civil war re-enactors were told to leave their flag at home, and they decided to skip it. Even more amazing, the National Park Service has decided to remove 11 items from its gift shops in Gettysburg, which include the flag. "Any stand-alone depictions of Confederate flags have no place in park stores," huffed National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.
History be damned.
I wounder if they still sell copies of the Constitution.