Confederate Flag vs. American Flag; What’s The Difference?!?

Recent events have put the Confederate Flag in the spotlight with many calling for its removal.
I ask the question what is the difference between the Confederate Flag and the American Flag?
The Confederate Flag had about a 4 yr run and awful things were done under that banner. However, do not let blind patriotism allow you to view the US Flag as somehow innocent and noble. Without Question the US Flag has more atrocities and blood on it than the Conderacy could have ever hoped to produce.
Here are just a few examples, in no particular order. Obviously I didn’t/couldn’t list everything (like every war that happened) but here is a good basis for discussion. Feel free to chime in in the comment section.

 

confederate flag
american flag

1861-1865

1777-Present
(in various iterations, 50 stars since 1960)

Civil War

April 12, 1861 – May 9, 1865

Multiple casualties due to the war itself, plus a host of atrocities and war crimes

about 400,000 Union casualties

Almost complete genocide of Native Americans aka so-called Indians deaths of estimated 20-40 million based on disease and slaughter

Supporters of
the Institution of Slavery

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade – deaths of estimated 10 million + Africans

General Nathan Bedford Forrest

KKK, White Citizens Council

over 5,000 recorded lynchings

late 18th century through the 1960s

although lynchings still occur to the present

KKK, White Citizens Council, Skinheads, Neo-Nazis, Aryan Nation, Aryan Brotherhood, etc.

J. Edgar Hoover – COINTELPRO

Every Black Liberation organization has been under attack and hundreds are currently dead or in jail, Civil Rights – Black Power

Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, NAACP, Black Panthers, RA, RAM, SNCC, etc.

Mass Incarceration

America is 5% of the world’s population but has 25% of total imprisoned people in the world.

CIA involvement in introducing Crack Cocaine to the “ghettos” of America 80s-90s

Black Wall Street

Tusa, Oklahoma 1921

Bombing of MOVE

Philadelphia, PA 1985

Rosewood Massacre

Rosewood, Florida 1923

Police Brutality & killing of civilians

1700 – Present

the 13th Amendment (current)

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