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Jack Ohman

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I always wonder how many who fly the Confederate battle flag know what the actual Confederate states flag looks like.

  2. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 2 years ago

    @dtroutma

    As a young white child in Mississippi it was easy to consider the “Stars and Bars” to be a sign of regional pride. It wasn’t until I had black friends willing to talk to a white kid about what the flag meant to them that I understood it didn’t instill pride in ALL southerners. Years later, I learned the flag looks the way it does because the South wanted it to look like the British Union Jack in order to encourage Britain to come to the south’s aid with supplies and perhaps even military aid. It was only because of the King of Russia at that time warned western Europe to stay out of America’s war or he would invade Europe that the Civil War didn’t become a “world war”.
    I also was surprised the stars and bars were added to the flags of southern states such as Alabama and Mississippi only in the late 1950’s as a protest against efforts in Washington DC to pass Civil Rights legislation.
    I think that were I black, I might look at the Stars and Bars the way many look at the flags of Hitler’s Reich.
    That said, I still feel it is not racist to wear or even display the stars and bars, but I do feel it would be treason for a state to actually withdraw from the Union. It is a national security issue, it is a financial issue, and it is a social issue.
    It is also a distraction and division at a time we need to be building bridges instead of barriers.
    Respectfully,
    C.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  3. corzak

    corzak said, over 2 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    "It was only because of the King of Russia at that time warned western Europe to stay out of America’s war or he would invade Europe that the Civil War didn’t become a world war”

    The diplomatic intrigues in Europe during the American Civil War are very interesting. England and France were very close to declaring war a number of times.

    The Russian alliance was helpful in stopping this, as you mentioned. The Russian czar was obviously not interested in the principles of “liberty and democracy”. He was interested in having the US as ally – for extra leverage in his maneuverings against England and France, and also to keep those two powers out of the Western hemisphere. At one point Russia actually offered a Russian fleet to fight against the Confederates, and was considering pouring Russian troops over the Himalayas into British India.

    Other than Russia, however, one of the factors that made England and France nervous about war with the US, was the growing fleet of powerful Union ironclads.

  4. Larry

    Larry said, over 2 years ago

    @ C.
    Your posts always show a lot insight.
    I read them with interest even if they are too long.
    My California born buddy moved to N.C., and so thought it would be cool to fly the Stars and Bars. They told him there that it meant “he hated ni—ers”. He never showed it again.
    My point is that it still is racist to those who live there.

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