A city councilman in Mobile, Alabama was shocked to discover that he received a horrifically racist letter from one of the “not-racists” who worship the Confederate battle flag. The letter was mailed to Mobile City Councilman Fred Richardson, who posted it to his Facebook page.
“LOVE or HATE: You decide. It came to my office today,” Richardson, who is African-American, wrote. “My personal position is, I love everybody, everywhere, barring none. I’m under orders from God to do so. The umbrella I live under has room for haters.”
The missive, written on a notecard with a Confederate flag sticker affixed, was short, and not-so-sweet:
“We have to live with you n*ggas. So live with our flag.”
The only clue as to the sender’s identity is a return address of 357 Chinaberry Ln in Mobile, Alabama — though some have pointed out that the sender wrote the wrong zip code, so it is likely a false address. “On the envelope it says 36601,” one commenter wrote. “In real life, it’s 36610.”
If, however, the address is correct, this has to have been sent by someone whose “heritage” is one of being the dumbest f*cking “not-racists” in the meth-fueled stable of almost interchangeable men and women who idolize the Confederacy.
Richardson has been inundated with supportive phone calls and messages. “Thanks to all the thousands of you who text me in reference to my post on the confederate flag,” he wrote in a subsequent Facebook post. He explained that he posted the information “to show there are two sides associated with that flag: one group reverence it as part of their rich heritage; the other group clearly has hatred toward the offsprings of those set free after the Civil War.”
” It is past time to let the past go and we all march together toward a glorious future, where all of God’s children are treated with dignity and respect, from sea to shining sea. I love you all, barring none. God, bless America,” he added.
Across the nation, there has been a surge of calls for the Confederate flag’s removal from government buildings — especially the South Carolina statehouse — in the wake of white supremacist terrorist Dylann Roof’s bloody attack on a historic African-American church. Roof, who was regularly photographed posing with Confederate flags, said his mission was to slaughter a bunch of black people and ignite a new Civil War.
Though arguments are made that the flag represents “history” and “heritage” rather than hate (even the Ku Klux Klan markets a number of items that make this claim), a recent poll analysis conducted by the Washington Post revealed the truth: White people who support the Confederate flag are motivated by two factors — a complete ignorance of Southern history, and racism.
While many “not-racists” say that the flag is not representative of bigotry, Confederate “Vice President” disagrees. In his 1861 Cornerstone Speech, he laid out the philosophy behind all things Confederate:
Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.
Perhaps it’s time for flag fetishists to follow the words of their General, Robert E. Lee. After the war was over, Lee told people to fold the flag up and put it away. “I think it wisest not to keep open the sores of war, but to follow the example of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife, and to commit to oblivion the feelings it engendered,” Lee wrote in a letter after he was asked what someone should do with the flag.
We, as a nation, must collectively “fold the flag up” and put it away in the darkest and most shameful corner of our proverbial attic — right next to our New Kids on the Block lunch boxes.