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Rep. Jeffries just dropped ALL THE MICS on the Confederate battle flag

[ 24 ] July 9, 2015 |

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His speech on the House floor is absolutely worth listening to in its entirety.

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  • Warren Terra

    From the speech:

    I’m perplexed: what exactly is the tradition of the Confederate battle flag that we’re supporting? Is it slavery? Rape? Kidnap? Treason? Genocide? Or all of the above? The Confederate battle flag is nothing more than a symbol of racial hatred and oppression.

    • SEK

      That’s so fundamentally different from how I transcribed it that it’s actually interesting. I like the pacing of mine better: “what exactly is the tradition of the Confederate battle flag that we’re supporting? Is it slavery, rape, kidnapping, treason, genocide, or all of the above?”

      But then again, I’m not exactly unbiased here.

      • Warren Terra

        There were fairly long pauses between each proposed tradition, as if inviting the audience to contemplate them individually. Hence I opted for question marks, rather than commas. Unsurprisingly, I like my pacing better.

        • Aimai

          I think WT is right. There were interrogative pauses between the words.

          • Dave Empey

            Maybe we can compromise on semi-colons.

      • rea

        what exactly is the tradition of the Confederate battle flag that we’re supporting?

        It’s kind of like the tradition of the British navy–rum sodomy and the lash.

        • Warren Terra

          Unfair. A lot of people like rum. There’s nothing wrong with consensual sodomy. There are even people fond of the lash.

  • SIS1

    I wish he had reminded every Republican representative that this flag is an insult to the memories of every person who died wearing the uniform of the Grand Army of the Republic between 1861 and 1865.

    • Aimai

      Yeah, I do too. But it was a great speech. And signaled, in its way, a passing of the tradition of black people having to pay lip service to white people as though their own suffering/death/battle wasn’t enough. Still–I would have liked to see more than the side swipe at “people who don’t know the south lost the war.”

    • Linnaeus

      When he talked about the red of the flag and how it reminded him of all the blood shed due to slavery, I was wondering if he’d end with the blood shed in the Civil War, but like Aimai, I think what he said was quite enough.

    • rea

      wearing the uniform of the Grand Army of the Republic

      GAR was a post-war veterans group

      • SIS1

        Thanks for the correction.

    • StellaB

      Exactly. I’m not at all in favor of honoring those who fought against the United States Army.

      Many of my ancestors came from a certain country, either just before the Revolutionary War or just after the Civil War. I see no reason to honor “my heritage” by waving around the very recognizable 1930s-1940s flag of that country. If I did, people would think that I had a screw loose and elderly WW II vets would want to kick my ass. The ahistorical use of the battle flag of the Army of Tennessee*/the battle flag of the KKK to represent southern “heritage” is equally ridiculous.

      *Not to be confused with the Army of the Tennessee who were the good guys.

    • Barry_D

      “I wish he had reminded every Republican representative that this flag is an insult to the memories of every person who died wearing the uniform of the Grand Army of the Republic between 1861 and 1865.”

      Why would people supporting the Confederate Party be troubled by that?

  • ColBatGuano

    “What tradition does the Confederate flag represent? Is it slavery, rape, genocide, treason, or all of the above?”

    He forgot to add failure to that list.

    • SIS1

      He did remember to remind Southerners they lost the war.

      • Aimai

        Yes, that was an applause line. Wish I could have been there cheering.

      • AB

        We USAians believe in fair play. And the South lost fair and square, just like the Nazis.

  • Bruce Vail

    Rep. Jeffries is one of the newer members of the House. Let’s hope this is a sign of better days to come from that disgusting group of crooks and clowns.

  • AstroBio

    The flag is upside down. I hope it is on purpose.

    • Shantanu Saha

      Flying a flag upside down is an indication of a problem or emergency. I think in this case it was appropriate, if it was deliberate.

    • Jake Nelson

      It also has 17 stars instead of 13. Not sure of the intent there.

      • Just_Dropping_By

        According to the link below, the “Biderman Flag” version of the “Stars and Bars” flag had 17 stars on it, representing California, Oregon, Washington, and Nevada as potential additional Confederate states: http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/us-csa1.html#17

        My best guess is that some white supremacist organization in modern times produced a 17 star battle flag based on that, because I’ve otherwise been unable to find any mention of a historical seventeen star Confederate flag.

  • Origami Isopod

    Related: Impassioned speech from Jenny Horne, GOP representative and descendent of Jefferson Davis.

    Excuse me, I’ve got something in my eye.