by The Daily Republic
May 10, 2013 at 7:32 am in The Daily Republic
I suppose if a couple of Lakota or Arapahoe veterans were to complain of the atrocities committed under Old Glory, Rep. Noem would be willing to take IT down, too? Continue Reading
Tags: civil war, confederate flag, flag, kristi noem, letters, Opinion, updates 7 Comments »
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No, no it’s not
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Wasn’t that the point. Some folks complained about the confederate flag due to what it represented. What do you think Old Glory represented to those native Americans seeing a platoon of cavalry coming over the hill with ‘Old Glory’ waving. Whats good for the ‘goose is good for the gander.’
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OK, let’s be clear. What did the Confederate flag represent and what did old glory represent.
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The American flag was carried by the front rider as the U.S. Army went into Indian villages to wipe out every man, woman and child. The goal in those days was complete extermination of an entire race of people.
What we’re talking about is an official government attitude as expressed by our hero Teddy Roosevelt who, right here in South Dakota in 1886, when asked about a comment made by General Sheridan ( a renowned Indian hunter), ole Teddy said
“I don’t go so far as to think that the only good Indians are dead Indians, but I believe nine out of ten are, and I shouldn’t inquire too closely into the case of the tenth”.
Anyone who doesn’t know that the U.S. government (at least for a time) carried out an organized campaign to totally wipe out the natives in this country, have to be much worse than ignorant, or just not willing to be honest about our history.
Apples to apples? No not really. In Germany they used gas. Here in the U.S. we mostly just shot them all. Disease is another story. That’s not even what we’re talking about though is it?
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What does the Confederate flag represent? What does ‘Old Glory’ represent to Native Americans?
Are we comparing apples to apples
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Red has described what Old ‘Glory means to ‘some’ folks. The Bars & Stripes means to others you would have to ask them. To me I am aware of the dual meanings depending on what side of the fence you are on. To the union it mean ‘rebels’ and defying the federal government. To those in the south it represented I would presume having not lived in that time or in that area preserving their way of life. Their sense of southern version of honor and their southern dignity. To blacks it meant slavery and oppression. So, in the question of displaying it…….that is what I think about it. But the question of this blog is that for some ‘old glory’ represented different things to different people. However you wish to think about it is your right. And to others, theirs.
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