The scourge of unbridled political correctness has been a hot topic in American society for the better part of 6 months, after it was dissected during the 2016 American presidential race.
Politcal correctness is, and always has been, a backhanded way to insist on the mitigation of pure Free Speech, and as such, is truly an affront to our nation’s First Amendment. By vilifying those willing to speak honestly, and bluntly, society is perpetuating the strange liberal idea that Free Speech can only occur if the words being said hurt no one’s feelings. It’s absurd on its face, but the left has been working for decades to stifle true Free Speech using this method.
Now, the idea of political correctness has escaped the shoddy and hastily arranged pasture that the liberals left it grazing in, moving onto all aspect of society – including historical re-rendering.
For one of the most poignant examples of the P.C. culture trampling all over American history, one needn’t look any further than the Battle Flag of The Confederacy, and its entirely unfair reputation for being a symbol of racism. It is an unfortunate twisting of southern history by democrats looking to segregate America by political party.
Regardless of the backstory, the issue remains that the left would like the Confederate Battle Flag to disappear from history altogether, and, in the process, the nation can ignore those who fought and died for that particular side of the war.
Believe it or not, one Fox News hosts seems to side with the revisionists on this one.
“If it were up to Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, the Confederate flag would have been relegated to a museum long ago.
““Get it out of my state,’ Smith said last month at a diversity and inclusion event at his alma mater, the University of Mississippi.
“The Mississippi state flag incorporates the Confederate battle emblem on the upper left portion of the flag. It’s the only remaining state in the union to incorporate Confederate symbolism on its flag.
“’You can’t be much of an activist when your job is to report the news,’ Smith told students at the University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism and New Media. ‘But you can remind people what happened under that flag.’”
What actually happened under that flag is a much more interesting and compelling piece of American history than many would like to understand. It’s far too easy to reconcile the Civil War by picking “good” guys and “bad” guys, and not recognizing the true impetus of the bloody confrontation. America was skyrocketing toward greatness, through massive expansion, and the government was struggling to determine how best to proceed. As states’ rights were concerned, the north and the south disagreed. Vehemently.
The ensuing violence was unfortunate, but we must remember that Americans were struggling with creating the greatest foundation for the expansion of the nation. The original colonies and the new land would become one, under one flag, and there could be no doubt that the next steps were of the utmost gravity. The confrontation was righteously bitter.
When revisionists such as Shep Smith want to hide Confederate symbolism away, he is doing a great disservice to future generations who may some day face similar concerns as America grows.