In Defense of Both the Confederate Flag and Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Some people really, and I mean really love the Confederate flag. On the other hand, there are some people who really, and I mean really hate the Confederate flag.

Then there are those who really, and I mean really love Historically Black Colleges and Universities. On the other hand, there are some people who really, and I mean really hate Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Some say that the Confederate flag represents the pride of millions of Americans for the brave stand their forbearers suffered under the heel of an invading army.

Some say that everything Confederate represents racism and hate towards black Americans. One of the pillars of the Confederacy was to keep and maintain “that particular institution”, wasn’t it? To many, to fly the Confederate flag or to erect and maintain at taxpayer expense Confederate monuments only succeeds in rubbing black people’s nose in it.

Some say that Historically Black Colleges and Universities represent the pride of millions of Americans for the brave stand their forbearers suffered after hundreds of years of bondage and oppression.

Some say HBCUs represent racism and hate towards white Americans. After all, the Jim Crow laws that legally kept blacks out of colleges ended generations ago, didn’t they? To continually fund at taxpayer expense HBCUs only succeeds in rubbing white people’s nose in it.

OK, I think I’ve pretty much fairly boiled down the pros and cons of both the Confederate flags and monuments arguments, as well as those regarding HBCUs.

So here’s the part where I pontificate;

  • If one of my neighbors so desires to fly a Confederate flag or visit a Confederate monument, that’s not only his call… but his right.
  • If one of my neighbors so desires to send his kid to a HBC, that’s not only his call… but his right.

After all, both the Confederate flag and HBCUs are threads in the fabric of America.

How about lets stop calling each other racists and haters, and instead start respecting each other… even if we don’t agree 100 percent with our fellow citizens?