So I was about to write something about my vegetarian confession but I feel as though this current topic is WAY more important at the moment <but don’t worry my confession is still coming>
His name is Byron Thomas <AKA> @GoGreen58 in the YouTube community. Notice anything strange? Yes; I’m referring the confederate flag hanging behind his head on the wall. I saw the video and was curious as to what this dude had to say and even more curious as to why someone of color would even be in a picture or video with this flag…so I clicked the link. “Should everyone with a confederate flag be judged as a racist?”
As I watched his video I was not only upset but concerned for him. He spoke of how the generation before us is always trying to push their ways onto us <which is true; but also in some instances quite necessary> and he said how he saw this flag in a positive light and asked an almost rhetorical question “am i racist” <I almost completely switched channels but I decided to watch a few more of his videos because maybe he had a point that would soon become clear> but to answer his question “No. You’re just confused as all get out”
Of course he proved me wrong….
But before I continue on about the rest of his videos that I watched; lets have a short history lesson shall we?
Now; lets talk about this flag for a second or two. Surrrreee, it started as a symbol for pride and hertiage..something to be proud of and excited about <if you were someone from the south, unless you were a slave> and there’s nothing entirely wrong with that concept. However [comma] it wasn’t until 1956 when shit got real. See, about two years after the Supreme Court decision in the Brown vs. Board of Education case, someone decided it would be a lovely idea to start using this as a symbol of protest [and most importantly as a sign of hate]. But there’s nothing wrong with it?
Here’s another example though since some of you might be thinking I’m just being crazy or whatever
Yup. the swastika. See majority of the world is ignorant to the fact that this symbol started off being used by many ancient cultures to mean life, sun, power, strength, and good luck. But once again someone decided to take something that was halfway decent and turn it into something negative. I mean I don’t see any Jewish people and anybody else whose family or ancestors suffered from the Holocaust wearing a swastika but I constantly see Black people trying to justify the use of the confederate flag or that still use the n-word towards each other <but that’s going into a whole other conversation that I’m saving for later>.
I guess the point I’m trying to make here in comparing the two is that once something has been used for such evil there’s no turning back…you can’t take something so negative and make it positive again. And people try and say that they are “moving forward to the future” and to “leave the past in the past” [both of which were said by Mr. Thomas in his video posts] but they are steadily trying to ‘re-invent’ what already exists.
Now to continue on with the last few videos of his that I watched…
I almost died…this man had the pure audacity to sit there with this flag now tied around his head, and say “Disney needs a Black Prince Charming” I mean I didn’t know how to feel about that….
The last video of his that I watched was “The Word African-American Needs To Go”. Now while I myself do not self-identify as a African American [because I would rather identify as being Black for various reasons] his logic was just totally off…
*And I’ll leave you with that last thought because his confused ass has opened up a can of worms for an upcoming entry. So stay tuned*