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    if he had to appoogize for that, which I personally find less offensive than a La Raza Flag or a Gay Pride Flag then as a counrty we are screwed, but hey, we appologize to the Muslim world for some low budget video that is used as an excuse to murder American Citizens..."hmmm land of the taxed and home of the appolgetic." should be our new moto
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    Lets see...
    Confederate Flag- symbol of a failed nation that we went to war with and who seceded over slavery and then persecuted blacks for a century after losing said war.
    La Raza flag- A flag that I never knew existed until you brought up that simply symbolizes Spanish descendants on the two American continents. It has nothing to do with the gang of the same name.
    Gay pride flag- A silly little rainbow flag representing openness and happiness and unity about an alternate lifestyle.

    Somehow you manage to only find the first one acceptable and then somehow manage to throw some support behind a hate filled video designed to create more division in a divided world? Yeah no way are you a racist homophobe.
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  • #2
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    No, and he owes no apologies, he does a lot for the veterans and should be applauded for all the good he does.
    He is a true American!
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    You have no problem with the symbol of slavery? You have no problem with people being killed, kidnapped and being sold as property?
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    @PoliticalSpice He's only responding to a guilt trip the Left has laid on him, they know no limits when it comes to
    making anyone who doesn't think like them feel guilt. No, he is only being polite by apologizing.. I'm a Northerner,
    but to many in the South the Confederate flag symbolizes; Southern Culture, History and Freedom. However,
    some will use any excuse to look for a sign of hate and racism. He has donated money from his concerts, and
    promotes the cause of The Wounded Warrior Project for veterans and their families, he's a patriot..and should
    not apologize for wearing anything, too bad more people aren't as caring enough to give back to our soldiers.
    It's just so much easier to complain...
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    @Jet_Silverman I do, and have never owned a slave , kidnapped anyone, or killed anything...I am from the North.
    Not everyone views the Confederate Flag as you do, you will see what you choose to see. I choose to see the
    good he has done for the Wounded Warrior Project. I do not think he owes an apology to anyone, unless he kept
    slaves, and I highly doubt it. I think it's time to stop playing the' Race Card', It doesn't work with me...
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    @mimi57
    A gulit trip? Really, well if he feels guilty that means he did something wrong. Something he felt compelled to apologize for. All the other stuff you said is just a lot of b s...
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    Its being ruined by the liberal democrats who want to forget their past and continue the!"race baiting" every chance they get to demean and degrade who/what they don't like.
    There is nothing wrong with that flag. Where is the big "uproar" about other flags slogans that actually preach hatred and racist rhetoric?
    Just more hypocritical and divisive behavior from the left ist liberals!
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    So leftist are ruining the confederate flag? I seem to recall state legislatures in southern states removing images pf the flag from their own state flags several years back. Are you saying southern state legislatures are controlled by leftist?
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    I thought it was ruined when it was created to symbolize a nation that existed only because Lincoln got elected and southern states thought they MIGHT have to free their slaves.

    And I'll play along... What flags do you believe have racist rhetoric and preach hatred?
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    The confederate flag has nothing to do with slavery! Everyone needs to read up on what the states really went to war about. He should never have apologized for for wearing anything he wanted.
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    @Jet_Silverman Man, you have some serious mental issues and should seek professional help. The person didn't say there was no slavery, they said it wasn't the issue of the civil war until Lincoln used it to gain emotional support for the war. General Grant was a slave owner and said if he thought the war was being fought for slavery he would surrender his sword to General Lee. You want to talk slavery issues, what about the Chinese slaves used to build railroads, or the Irish slaves, or the Africans who sold their own people to European slave traders who brought them to America, or the Asian and Russian girls being used as sex slaves today in other countries. Get a grip, we can't undo what was done 400 years ago, but there are children today being used in factories in China and whorehouses throughout the world.
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    @captchaos69 no need for personal attacks. The other poster said the confederate flag had nothing to do with slavery, but that's what it stands for.
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    @Jet_Silverman No it doesn't. The civil war was fought over states rights. The confederate states felt the fedral government was unfairly taxing them and decided to sucede from the union. The north couldn't allow that since most of the food came from the south. The actual Confederate flag has a large red stripe running horizontal on top, a large white stripe below that and another large red stripe below that with a blue field in the upper left and a circle of 9 white stars. The flag you are so upset about is the confederate battle flag which was designed because people were confused between the confederate flag and the US flag. There was also a black regiment in the confederate Army, and many slaves were very reluctant to leave after the war. I'm not saying there wasn't any mistreatment of some slaves because it's human nature to abuse the weak, but slavery was not the reason for the war.
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    @Jet_Silverman The confederate flag was the flag of the confederate soldiers, not a flag concerning slavery. It has been turned into a flag about slavery by people like you that don't know, or are unwilling to learn, America's history.
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    Unfortunately the historic symbolism of the Confederate Battle Flag has been tarnished by a small group of intolerant bigots. Just like the swastika (卐) used by the Hindu & Buddhist religions was hijacked by the Nazis in the 1920's. It's still used, but depending in your background it symbolizes different things. I say don't let the bigots & hate win.

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    Do you perhaps mean the intolerant bigots who seceded in order to insure the continuation of slavery?
    The only time it should be considered acceptable to display this treasonous flag should be in civil war re-enactments.
  • #124
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    One of the best an unbiased postings on here. Bigotry and Racism abounds with all sides, yet it is "acceptable" according to whatever public opinion is at the moment.

    It seems the Democrat party has always been the party of racism in this country, and still are using the skin colors of others to promote racial divisions. Ironic that the minorities vote so often for their oppressors, but over 90,000 blacks helped the Confederacy fight the North, so guess there are always those who prefer to be sheep and led around.
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    To whom ever it may concern. Iam offended by Miss Black America,Bet TV,Al Sharpton,Jesse Jackson Obama,Affirmative action,NAACP, The green red and black flag,being called a racist because I didn't vote for Obama,Rap music,MSNBC,Chris Mathews,and ALL LIBERALS! But since Iam white I have no rights or can be offended and no one gives a damn. Well I have news for all you people that hate white men including you whites that are wannabes. White America is not going to lie down and be pushed overboard. The liberals are awaking a sleeping giant and it will come to a head soon. Bank on it!
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    You know, could be people call you racist because you are "offended by Miss Black America,Bet TV,Al Sharpton,Jesse Jackson Obama,Affirmative action,NAACP, The green red and black flag." #justsayin
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    Yea, well it was supposed to come to a head election day. How did that work out, sleeping gaint? Now just pull your confederate flag blanket over your head and go back to sleep!
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    I voted yes, because I feel, unfortunately, that the reputation is permanently ruined. Or at least in the foreseeable future.
    I agree that I don't think this man did so because he is racist. I believe he did it for "regional pride." It is unfortunate that people are so quick to see only the dark side. Old Dixie was quaint. It IS indeed part of our history, as a nation. And while a horrific war was fought over slavery, the stars and bars stands for much more than a dark period.
    When I was stationed at Camp Lejuene, N.C. I had the Confederate flag on my auto. Not because of racism or any other devious reason, but because I lived in the South and identified with that regionalism.
    I have displayed the rainbow flag on my car, and currently I display the banner of equality. The rainbow flag or equality symbol does not make me a heterosexual hater by any means. I live in an area where there is a considerable number of Natives, but I find no offense at the display of "Native Pride." Some Latinos display, "Brown Pride" symbols. And some African-Americans display symbols of their African heritage. Then there are those Rasta symbols many surfers and reggae fans display.
    It's kind of like the bad rap the Swastika gets because of Nazi Germany, though the Swastika has been around for over 3000 and used by several civilizations, including England. Even the American 45th Division displayed the Swastika during the First World War!
    Let's stop being so sensitive and accept things in the spirit in which they are displayed.
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    I voted no. In my opinion the stars and bars is indeed a regional flag that should not immediately mean racism just because some folks would like us to look at it that way. I have a low opinion of allowing any symbol to mean anything more without some sort of explanation as to what it means to the person displaying the symbol. I make no assumption about Trace's feelings on race because he chose to wear ear bling with the stars and bars on it.
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    Kind of like the Swastika doesn't mean anti-Semitism. I wouldn't assume anything about a person who shaved their head and had a big swastika tattooed on in. Just a hair cut. Just a symbol.
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    @Jet_Silverman - Yes, just a symbol. But that one and possibly some others pretty much leave no doubt where someone's life view comes from. If someone is carrying a symbol one finds offensive, then maybe they should enter into conversations gently until they know where that person's point of view is coming from. The wood butcher at the moving company I drove for back in the 1970s was a card carrying Aryan brother. Swastikas, white power, the works. He , myself and 3 other white guys were the only white guys working there below management. The rest of the 50 to 60 member workforce were all working class blacks. He got along with them just fine. They called him their Little Nazi and would share some beers with him on payday in the back lot.
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    Not only does his music suck it's obvious he has no balls. If you believe in something stand behind it. Just because a bunch of whining idiots equate it to racism and slavery doesn't make it so, especially when the same whining idiots don't even realize that the Civil War wasn't about slavery.
  • #33
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    He shouldn't apologize...that flag stood for so much more. It's the politically correct way to stand against it, but the flag didn't mean "slavery"...my great grandfather was in the Confederate Army and a POW. None of my family ever owned slaves.
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    No need to apologize, The "Stars & Bars" was a battle flag of the Confederacy and part of history. There will always be some one to take offense, regardless of what is being said or done.

    The first admendment allows free expression on either side of the equation, and it doesn't guarantee that you won't be offended....and there is no provision for political correctness either......
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    @Jet_Silverman

    The issue is -- he didn't have to appoolgizes for an inherent right, iffen fact there was offense taken -- thats their problem....
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    @Jet_Silverman

    I don't attend or participate in celebrations of moral turpitude. I have enough on my own plate to pass judgement, providing I don't have to answer for others proclivities. <wink> In the end we will all answer to a higher authority for our misdeeds and incoherent life choices....
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    @S-N-A-F-U there is no evidence that we answer to any higher authority. And you dodged my question. Do you feel the same way about people offended by something like bare butts in a gay pride parade? I'm not asking if you feel offended by such things, I want to know if you feel people offended by bare bottoms in gay pride parades have the problem.
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  • #18
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    The Confederate flag isn't being raised like it used to, but that only makes its arrangement of stars and BARS more likely to raise a ruckus.

    FTFY

    As for the flag, if it offends you, you might be thin skinned in addition to being ignorant of our country's history.
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    He should be proud....I've rather have the confederate flag than la raza flag.... by the way, I am a cuban american.
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    Tagging slavery to the Stars & Bars is clearly more misinformation coming from the mainstream media who's trying to keep racial division alive in this country! I have friends of all different colors who wear them. I myself don't sport the flag, but I do believe in the tradition that it holds and stands for!
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    @Jet_Silverman

    Sorry this stupid phone!!!

    What I was saying was, I believe slavery very was one of the worst things we ever committed to!!!

    But might I add, I think slaves are the ones who can't find the courage to revolt against their oppressors!!!
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    There is that stupid 'race card' again!!!!! People, get your head out of your butts and simply understand that it was a flag of the south. It did NOT mean I won slaves. OK! What if the indentured servants all started playing the 'abused card' or the mexicans started playing the' Alimo' card? LET THE CRAP DIE ALREADY! I dont have nor have i ever owned a slave so get off my case...
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    First he should not have to appologize to a bunch of whiners. I could not tell you one of his songs but do respect his his right to wear what he wants.If he had a set of fake nuts on his truck would you call him gay? Grow up and quit being so politically correct about every little thing anyone does. we should be more concerned about where our next job or tank or gas will be coming from.
  • #27
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    The Confederate Flag is a symbol of, yes you guessed it, the Confederate. For thise of us with roots deep in the Confederacy we may not agree today with the views of those who came before us, but we still are proud of roots.
    No one alive today was a slave and that flag did none of them any diect harm. Do some still run around with the flag hating others? Yes.
    Prejudice though is a two way street. More people are kept down and have been kept down under our American flag than were by the confederate flag, if one wants to blame a flag, but flags don't hurt people- people do
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    I happen to be from the south. It is the only flag other than a state that represents a region like some have said. To me is a reminder of the past and of the present and future. A sordid past when it was OK for one human being to 'own' another. That time passed and it was a good thing. Now, I view it as the progress the south has made directly after the war. The south was in shambles economically and physically. The rebuilding was accomplished by whites and free blacks working together. It is a symbol of that today in spite of the reputation or symbolism. The south rose like the proverbial Phoenix on the sweat of the white and black brows. We are the new south. You have to look past the 'past' to see it.
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    I went to school with a boy whose grandfather had worked in the Reichstag as a Nazi lawyer and was briefly put in charge of a concentration camp, but he had enough sense not to wear a swastika to honor his ancestors. Even though a person wearing a swastika could say that they only meant to represent its original meaning as "being with higher self", who is going to believe them? It doesn't matter why the southern states went to war under the Confederate flag anymore that it matters that the most despised racial slur for African-Americans was originally derived from the Romance language word for black. It is a symbol for those people who justified enslaving other human beings for their personal enrichment. As for that particular singer's reason for wearing it? "Print anything you want about me, just spell my name right."
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