R.M. Schultz wrote:Damn, wrong again! I is hoomiliated! They fly a flag associated with slavery, segregation, and racism, yet they are not racist! (I guess I am just too provincial to understand this apparent, yet non-existent, contradiction. Forgive me if you can!) I take back all of my compelling logic and yield to you, as you seem to know it all!
Compelling to you perhaps, but not to me, I can assure you. Only some associate the Stars and Bars with slavery, segregation, and racism. That association is subjective, and context specific
. I readily concede the Confederate can at times
operate as symbol of white supremacy, but it does not always do so
. Sausseren theories on semantics teach us that any meaning of any signifier is contingent upon its context
. In this way, the context in which a symbol--which has multiple meanings--is controlling. Thus, for example, a Confederate Emblem donned at a Ku Klus Klan rally is a racst symbol. But it is NOT a symbol of racism or hate at gatherings at Civil War Museums, cemetaries, or other functions that otherwise acknowledge or celebrate the history of the South in atmosphere that lacks any real, discernible atmosphere of racism. Why is it that someone who purports to be so smart can be so utterly stupid in discerning these subleties? Perhaps because your mind, like most liberal do-gooders, is clouded by left wing dogma that eschews careful consideration of the issues in exchange for mind numbing mantras blindly shouting racism and intolerance.
Finally, as I have indicated several times before, your appeal to authority of black leaders, in an attempt to invalidate any dissent, is flawed not only because it fails to validate such authority through independent analysis, but also because these same constituency groups are shown to espose questionable positions on other issues, like reparations for slavery, affirmative action, the acquittal of Orenthal Simpson, to name just a few matters. If black leaders are wrong on these issues, they may also be wrong on this issue as well, as I am convinced they most assuredly are. No authority
is immune from error, but certainly not this one. This important contention, though reiterated several times, has not been refuted.