Warning: If you aren't into ranting or aren't keeping up with current events, then I wouldn't recommend reading this journal. Also note, this is my opinion, and I do not mean to offend anyone...unless I meant to.
Here we go.
If you've been keeping up with the news over the past two weeks, then you know about the tragedy that occurred in South Carolina: an act of hate that shouldn't be happening in a country like ours, but it continues to happen with little to no action to counter future occurrences. I pray for the families that have lost loved ones and for the community as they grieve and mourn the loss of 9 wonderful people.
After these events came the topic of the flag flying over the main government building in the state of South Carolina and that it is connected, and that isn't entirely true. The confederate flag did not kill those people, and it honestly shouldn't be considered with this event for one important reason.
That flag should've been taken down over 100 years ago.
It has no business being on public property, let alone flying over a government building. The fact that they are now talking about the flag is outrageous; I think the governor of Florida put it best when he said "the only place the flag belongs is in a museum." I completely agree.
And I say that if the state officials of S.C want to help their state, they need to do MORE than take down the flag. Now, I'm all for that flag coming down, but anyone saying that taking it down will make everything right *clears throat* needs professional help. Taking down the confederate flag is the FIRST step to combating racial tensions that have existed in our society for too long.
For those who are pro-flag, here's my words to you:
YOU LOST, GET OVER IT.
Seriously, you can't justify that flag being out and about. The argument that it's your heritage is completely insane. My family came from Germany, so I should feel free to wave around a Nazi flag, right? It's my heritage. Guys, it's the same exact thought process, and it doesn't work.
The difference between me and people who support the confederate flag: I have morals.
You will not find a single German that is proud of that flag, all they feel is shame. When I see people sporting a confederate flag belt buckle, hat, shoes, etc, all they do is talk about "the good old days". Oh yes, the days of oppression, of white supremacy, yes, those indeed were grand days of old.
If you think this, you need to seek professional help immediately. And I'm not sorry, there is literally something wrong with you and you desperately need help.
It's been long overdue, so take the flag down, not only in S.C, but in EVERY state. Including Mississippi with that incredibly ridiculous state flag. But to be fair, Mississippi has always had issues. Look it up, it was once the worst state to live in, and honestly I wouldn't feel comfortable visiting.
Phew, okay, I think we're good. I feel a bit better, too xD
Listening to: The Man Who Can't Be Moved
Drinking: Coconut Water