In the wake of the Charleston shooting, and subsequent pictures of the shooter posing with a Confederate flag, Barack Obama this week said that the flag belongs in a museum.
It seems he has changed his tune in the last three years somewhere, however, given that he was using the symbol during his 2012 re-election campaign.
Indeed, Obama had his own Confederate flag campaign badge, which states “Where the confederate flag still flies, we have built a powerful coalition of African Americans and white Americans.”
The quote was taken from Obama’s racially heated speech in 2008, during which he also praised his mentor former pastor the controversial Reverend Wright.
Obama was not alone in using the symbol of the Confederate flag, synonymous with the South, to solicit political support.
Hillary clinton had her own brand of Confederate merchandise in 2008.
Strange given that she has also stated that the flag has no place in the US today.
Hillary Clinton says Confederate flag "shouldn’t fly anywhere" http://t.co/y0phNeaVRm
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 24, 2015
She’s also staying quiet about her husband’s previous use of the ‘racist’ symbol.
— Linda Suhler, Ph.D. (@LindaSuhler) June 23, 2015
And the fact that it flew above her house for 12 years:
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) June 21, 2015
While online auction site eBay declared it would prohibit Confederate flag merchandise, these items still remain available.
EBay says it will ban the listing of confederate flags and related items containing the confederate flag image – Reuters
— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) June 23, 2015
Walmart and other retailers have jumped on the bandwagon to ban a flag, as if this will make any difference to racial tensions currently playing out across the nation.
As Deborah Simmons wrote in her column for The Washington Times yesterday, “I ask, what happens after the flag comes down? Are racism and bigotry supposed to go poof?”
“It’s undeniable that the history and the heritage of South Carolina, rebel U.S. state of the first order, are intertwined. Period.” Simmons added, urging that the flag represents heritage.
“You cannot give true due to South Carolina and its history and heritage without marking the roles that blacks have played, as well as their history and heritage.” Simmons added.
If we really want to ban flags that symbolize violence against people of color, why not start with these two? pic.twitter.com/SFo5Bf7LO6
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) June 24, 2015
The fact is that racism and bigotry will not disappear overnight just because a flag is hidden from view, especially given that the establishment and its corporate media mouthpieces are continually intent on fanning the flames of racial division.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.