(Closed) Do you find the confederate flag offensive? (closed)

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Is it offensive?
    Yes : (299 votes)
    64 %
    No : (170 votes)
    36 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    Personally, I don’t. I see it more as a Southern heritage thing. I see how other people can find it offensive, though, so I don’t have one or any paraphernalia. 

     

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Yup.  I kind of can’t believe this is even a question.  The Confederate flag is a symbol of the Old South, which included slavery, and decades of oppression of black people.  Therefore, it’s offensive.

    Post # 5
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I had to google it to remember what it looked like.  I had a rough idea, but I could have easily gotten it confused with a different flag.  It’s not something I had even heard of until I was an adult.

    It’s hard to find something offensive when you don’t recognize it.

     

    Post # 6
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    Bee Keeper

    I was waiting for this spin off thread. 

    Post # 7
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    We don’t get a lot of those up in these parts as a rule…but I honestly don’t care and being offended about something is a total waste of time especially in this day and age, when someone will more than likely be offended by the punctuation in this post….

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    Funny, as soon as I saw this thread I thought of the episode of South Park with their town flag and then I get a Butters icon. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think the Confederate Flag IS offensive, though. (And kind of scary. I remember seeing one in someone’s backyard as a kid and being sure to stay away from that house.) To me, the flag represents the approval of slavery and prejudice–not southern pride.

     

     

    Post # 9
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @mepayne:  +1

     

    I live in the south and am pretty much surrounded by them. I definitely see them as a heritage thing but there are, of course, people who take it to extremes and make it offensive. I don’t think the flag itself is normally the problem, it’s the way people use/display/talk about it.

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee

    Maybe from living in the south, I’ve become numb to the image of the Confederate flag.  I don’t think the flag itself is offensive, it’s a symbol and that’s it.  However, I do think some of the people who wear and display the flag can be offensive.  I’ve met people who still believe in the Confederacy and think slavery is a “grey area”, but thankfully these meetings have been few and far between.

    Post # 11
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Absolutely not.

    Post # 12
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @mepayne:  Agreed.  I don’t find the confederate flag offensive at all.

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee

    The Bonnie Blue Flag is equally or more offensive but only people who know a lot about US southern history would know that. The US Civil War was about so much more than slavery but people tend to generalize it. I don’t find it offensive. It is part of our history and should not be ignored or forgotten. This is coming from a former History teacher who lives in the South and is not white.

     

    Post # 15
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I’ve got mixed views on it. I’m from Kentucky, so I’ve seen the flag my whole life. I’ve seen racist hicks with it and I’ve seen honestly nice people with it. One of my friends actually has a blanket with the flag on it and she’s dating a black guy. 

    What bothers me more is people just randomly buying one because “I’M FROM KENTUCKY SO I’M COUNTRY, YEAH!” When they actually have no idea of the history behind it. 

    Some just see it as a proud to be country/southern sign, while others look more into it.

    Post # 16
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    It’s interesting to see all the Southern bees see it as a heritage thing and the Northern/Western brides see it as offensive. ๐Ÿ™‚ All a matter of perspective, I suppose.

    As a Californian, the confederate flag scares the crap out of me. I was in SC during the whole “should we take it off the state capital building?” debate and when I happened to sit outside the building and look up, I got chills. When I see someone wearing something with it or flying it on their house, I assume they are racist and probably want my half black nephew dead. This is probably not the case, I realize, but they also must realize people have strong feelings about it and they are still choosing to wear it. So I think that says something… not good… about them, too.

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