Thursday, June 25, 2015

9 Lives Had To Be Lost In Order To Start Talking About Racism And the Confederate Flag as Relic

(6/25/2015) Tampa, Fl --- So on June 17th of 2015 it took the attention of the nation through the death of 9 parishioners at the Emanuel Church into bringing the attention that on 21st Century in America we still honor symbols from the days of the Confederacy.

As some of us are aware, politics tend to be cyclical and what we describe as one party today is not even the same party of 45 years ago or even 150 years ago. Also, there is some complexity towards cultural and regional identity and the appropriation of symbols.

The idea of the Confederate Flag as a still "valid" symbol shows two aspects within the Americana culture ideology - 1) Under the pretense of the First Constitutional Amendment that it can involve as a sign of free speech, 2) We still don't live on a post segregationist society, 3) The appropriation of this symbol as "Southern Pride" left to reevaluate the concept of Southern Identity.

Within the First Amendment we can say that free speech is valid while there are no symbols or hate speech. What is the South today shouldn't be represented with the flag of what was one held towards pro-slavery but yet we have to held accountant the division of the Democratic party within the war and peace sides.

By now you probably will call me an ignorant that I should learn my history or that I should go back to my birth or home country; but it's not only my history but the history of who we are as a society. We can't let ourselves define by a symbol who doesn't represent who we are as a collective of individuals who live in the South these days.

Cultural identity as concept itself should be tied for who we are and who we had evolved as social individuals, but denying the past it shouldn't be prohibited albeit we shouldn't bring it to the present as we in the contemporary we live in a multicultural society and not in a place where there were no voting rights for women, minorities were send to camps (still happens within immigrants) or send to work on inhumane conditions.

In order for this issue that we as a society display symbols of the past that are linked to racism and slavery, shows that as a societal group we haven't evolved much on the last 120 years and we are still divided by socio-economical issues that seem to be stuck in time such as human rights, immigration, international market and international image.

I75 Confederate Flag
Itself the debate that shouldn't be a no brainer take on a more complex aspect within - what if someone on their private property wants to expose any symbols.? -

If they don't create a public disturbance or nuisance there aren't many cons towards as they can be used on private property but who would see this symbol as a modern symbol of a rebel.? I know much of the local story where I live and still think why people keep stuck on the past.

The issue is neither about banning but learning from the mistakes of the past. We can't either become "political correct" because that essentially lead to no where and renaming certain places into a more political correct one doesn't lead to anywhere either; but we can learn and place the history where it belongs and as we say it should be in a museum because we can't deny the history. 

Every time I pass through the I75 on Brandon Area and see the Confederate Flag makes think - Do I am really welcomed to travel around the Seffner-Brandon area.? What about the tourist who are aware of the image the flag represents worldwide.? How much are hurting our own economy by keep placing these symbols around.? Florida strives on tourism and we have to learn on how really capitalize that potential beyond Magic Kingdom.

I had read much of the debate online about people posting photos of the flag and why to associate yourself with the Civil War whenever we are living in a more complex world.? The symbol itself shouldn't be taken with pride but what the people can do to improve their communities.

Go ahead and call me whatever you want, as you I am protected by the Free Speech and I had kept a respectful tone. I firmly believe in equality, I firmly believe in learning from our experiences as well I firmly believe in tolerance.