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Monday, June 22, 2015

Confederate flag: symbol of heritage or racism?

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Different Confederate flags being held by Civil War re-enactment actors taken on Georgia Capitol grounds in 2003
Do your research! X marks the spot! The present Confederate flag used in hate group settings and waved by those who espouse racial separation and terrorism against black people was not the original battle flag of the Confederate States of America but signifies something else.

The first "Stars and Bars" designed by a German-born artist, Nicola Marschall, was "three horizontal stripes of equal height, alternating red and white, with a blue quadrilateral in the canton, inside the canton are white five-pointed stars of equal size, arranged in a circle and pointing outward." Marschall is said to have sympathized with the "confederate cause." He also painted portraits and designed the Confederate uniform.

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License plates sold in Georgia, USA
The designer of the "Stainless Banner" flag of the Confederacy is described as William Tappan Thompson, an American racist writer who resided and worked in Savannah, Ga., a major slave trading post before slavery was abolished after the Civil War.

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Confederate battle flag

Thompson described his flag as "The White Man's Flag" and made these comments in his newspaper, the Daily Morning News, in 1863:

"As a people we are fighting to maintain the Heaven-ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race; a white flag would thus be emblematical of our cause. ... As a national emblem, it is significant of our higher cause, the cause of a superior race, and a higher civilization contending against ignorance, infidelity, and barbarism."

There, folks, is your answer, from the pen of the flag's designer. Beware when you see this flag flying or being displayed. The Klan also flies the American flag and stands behind it as a symbol of patriotism.

"We fly the American flag. Thats the original flag of the Klan."
---Association of Georgia Klans who claim that Presidents Truman, Coolidge, and Harding as well as Supreme Court Justices White and Black were members of the Klan. 

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