In working in the defense and education of our community, some of us no doubt have noticed those folks who claim to be ‘Confederates’ – but not really do much more than fly the ‘stars and bars’ outside their home, or post uncivil War related pictures on facebook or blog sites. But if we really truly believe in the cause of Independence for the Southern people, we would hopefully understand that there’s a few things we’ve got to work on in order to help promote freedom and truth. For instance:
The Confederate Flag: Most people look at the Confederate flag without really knowing much about what it means, or that the ‘Stars and Bars’ is simply one flag out of many that States aligned with the Confederacy utilized. I don’t dispute the power of a Confederate flag (or other symbol) in instantly conveying a powerful message of standing against tyranny – but it’s wise to keep these icons in perspective. For example, waving a cheap Chinese polyester Confederate flag simply because you like the generic feeling of being a ‘rebel’ may not be the best motive for a symbol that our ancestors once suffered greatly in the defense of. And although we understand the insidious underbelly of the U.S. Imperial flag – we do begrudgingly admit that the ‘Stars and Stripes’ has been cared for and tended by adherents in ways that the flags of the Confederacy have not.
The Redneck: We’ve seen them everywhere – White folks who seem to revel in perpetuating the stereotypes of overweight women in Wal-Mart wearing revealing clothing, sex-crazed young men watching Confederate bikini-clad women mud wrestling, or the meth-heads with 12 kids in a dump trailer park. As Southern Nationalists, we should no longer seek to perpetuate these stereotypes. True, many of us may not be of great economic stature, but we can live with care for our appearance and mannerisms.
Christianity: Some Southern folks today unfortunately employ the ‘God Card’ without really knowing what the Bible teaches about liberty and truth. But just like understanding and learning about our history – learning about the God’s words for our Communities takes work and study with a solid congregation of like-minded believers.
History: When it comes to honoring our history as a people, I’ll be the amongst the first to recognize the accomplishments of inspiring leaders like Robert Barnwell Rhett, Robert E. Lee, or Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson. Sure, it’s easy to latch onto the stirring images of Confederate soldiers rushing into battle, the memorization of uncivil War trivia, or to enjoy the hobby of Reenacting. But let’s make sure it’s not done in the same manner that a Star Wars fan hoards Star Wars figures, or dresses up like Darth Vader.
Southern Nationalism is not a game. The reclaiming of our home is a serious business filled with sacrifice and hard work. Yes, we can enjoy the bonds of our Southern blood – but the defense of our community is not a hobby, or something we can ‘put on’ as a costume. It’s ultimately about the survival – and victory of our people!