ProfPoobah 
Member since Oct 14, 2011


Stats

Friends

  • No friends yet.
Become My Friend Find friends »

Recent Comments

Re: “Three’s a Crowd

Excellent commentary!!

12 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by ProfPoobah on 09/17/2013 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Countering the Confederates

No one is talking about limiting free speech with this issue. Okay, some people are throwing out ideas which (I hope) are designed to fan metaphorical flames rather than literal ones.

For all the "proud Southerners" out there supporting this issue, let's see if I can sum up some of the worthy responses out there that may be confusing you --

1) The Flaggers have the right to put up their flag. I personally, and others like me, can complain about this freely, using our First Amendment rights. We're allowed to attempt to educate others as to why this notion upset us. We're allowed to scorn the people who either are too stubborn or too stupid to recognize why this flag perpetuates an issue that has no business being discussed in a positive way 150 years after the Civil War ended. If we identify the businesses owned and operated by prominent members of the group pushing to display this flag, we are allowed to boycott their businesses. We're allowed to write to the newspaper to express our opinions. We're not allowed to break laws in an effort to stop this move. Clear so far?

2) That Civil War was fought between an industrializing North that was moving away from slavery, and a largely agricultural South (cities like Richmond were quite the exception) that refused to move away from it. The conflict that followed destroyed the economy of the South. Notice that no one questioned the racial attitudes of the North. There may just have been as many racists in the North as in the South, and there may be today. But saying the war was not about the issue of slavery is flat-out ignoring source material from the time period that says otherwise.

3) To continue, the South responded to the years after the Civil War by fighting Reconstruction, and implementing the period of Jim Crow that subverted the United States Constitution for the better part of a century. Those in the South that led the Jim Crow movement were also overwhelmingly embracing the Confederate time period and its "culture". One only needs drive down Monument Avenue in Richmond to see evidence of this. That culture included the version of the Confederate flag more prevalent today than it was in 1865. Ergo, celebrating that flag can be seen as attempting to glorify more than the history of the War Between The States, and there is no way at all to disassociate one from the other.

Now, I haven't appreciated the stances some people have expressed in opposition to this issue, but I understand the sentiment.

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by ProfPoobah on 09/04/2013 at 10:39 AM

Favorite Places

  • None.
Find places »

Saved Events

  • Nada.
Find events »

Saved Stories

  • Nope.
Find stories »

Custom Lists

  • Zip.
 

Copyright © 2016 Style Weekly
Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture and opinion
All rights reserved
Powered by Foundation