Bubba Wallace: You won’t see Confederate flag ban protesters tear gassed and shot with rubber bullets

AL.com (a part of the Alabama Media Group):

Bubba Wallace, a vocal advocate in getting the banners banned, was unfazed by the demonstrations outside the racetrack.

“It’s their right to peaceful protest my man, so it’s part of it,” Wallace said on FOX Sports. “But you won’t see them inside the racetrack where we’re having a good time with the new fans who have purchased their tickets, purchased their favorite driver’s apparel. You won’t see it flying in there. Outside they’re just going to be making a lot of noise. You know, it’s part of it. It’s exactly what you see on the flip-side of everything going on in cities as they peacefully protest. But you won’t see cops pepper spraying them and shooting them with rubber bullets, will you?”

Talk about a man who understands — and respects — America and what it means to be an American!

It’s their right to peaceful protest my man, so it’s part of it.

Indeed.

It’s exactly what you see on the flip-side of everything going on in cities as they peacefully protest.

Yeah, come to think of it, it IS exactly what you see in the peaceful protests across the nation. Not, to be fair, in the incredibly small number of instances where peaceful protests have turned violent, but in the vast, vast, vast majority of protests that have remained peaceful.

But you won’t see cops pepper spraying them and shooting them with rubber bullets, will you?

No you won’t. And why is that? Hmmm. Let me think…

I haven’t followed NASCAR in over 20 years. I was a NASCAR fan for even longer, but when I stopped following NASCAR (about the same time the then Tennessee Oilers were playing their only season at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis), my guy was “Crusty” Rusty Wallace, king of the short tracks and 1989 Winston Cup Champion (that was an awesome season!). I also, revelled in Tennessee’s own Sterling Marlin winning, if I’m not mistaken, the ’94 and ’95 Daytona 500s. Ah, those were the days.

But nothing — NOTHING — has ever made me prouder of NASCAR, or made me want to actively follow the sport again, like the events that have transpired since June 10, 2020, the glorious day when NASCAR, of all sports, banned the flying of the racist1 Confederate Flag.

Technically, what some wrong-minded Southerners2 like to fly, incorrectly referring to it as the “Confederate Flag,” (some slightly more informed yet still wrong-minded Southerners commonly refer to this as the Confederate “battle flag”), is in fact an elongated version of the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia (which was square) used by the Army of Tennessee from 1863-1865.

And of course, small details like the fact that the “Confederate flag” above never — NEVER — officially or non-officially represented the Confederate States of America as a country, and the fact that the flag above was never — NEVER — officially recognized as one of the CSA’s national flags, seem to escape these more undereducated and wrong-minded Southerners.

Think for a moment about the American Flag. Do we still fly the American Flag that had only 48 stars?

Or the original US flag representing the original thirteen colonies, that actually had no stars?

Sure, we display them in museums, but we don’t fly them on Flag Day, and we don’t fly them on Independece Day, do we? Of course not, we fly the most recent American Flag, the one with 50 stars.

Following the same logic, and for the same reasons, if you insist on flying a flag representing the Confederate States of America3, you should fly the most recent flag of the Confederacy, the flag chosen by Confederate General in Chief, Robert E. Lee, as his Surrender Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia. A white linen dish towel which was used as the Confederate flag of truce at Appomattox and which was carried by one of Lt. General Longstreet’s staff officers into the lines of General Custer4:

If, for some reason, you’re proud of your Southern heritage of cessession5, surrender and loss, and want to be true to the history you so often say you’re honoring, then get yourself one of these excellent modern replicas of the last official flag of the Confederacy:

and fly that flag with pride.

yeah, in a minute…
1 To my fellow White Americans, I can only say, you really — really — do not want to be on the wrong side of history on this particular issue. As I’ve posted before, I have said for decades that in much, if not most of American life (and almost regardless of the cause or movement, whether it be “save the whales” or “illegal immigration”), you can be part of the solution, you can be part of the problem, or you can just be a part of the fucking scenery. However, in the case of Freedom, Equality and/or Equity — racial or otherwise — just being part of the scenery is being part of the problem.

I think far too many White people think that because they “don’t use the ‘n’ word,” that they are part of the solution, but as Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of the excellent and enlightening book How to Be an Antiracist, has so clearly explained, it is not enough for a White person to self-identify as “not a racist”. To be a part of the solution, you must be antiracist, and that starts with learning more about the issue, instead of just shrugging it off as so much more nonsense.

If nothing else, understand this: THERE IS NO NEUTRAL POSITION ON RACISM — full stop.

2 Yeah, yeah, I’m a Southerner too, but first and foremost I’m an American and patriot.

3 The Confederate States of America, the citizens thereof, and especially the members of the military thereof, of course, depending on your interpretation of the legality of cessession (and I won’t force the correct interpretation — history’s interpretation — down your throat), were either: (1) a foreign nation (and foreigners) who took up arms against the United States of America, or (2) American traitors — guilty of treason — who took up arms against their own nation, the United States of America.

4 Yes, that General Custer: Major General George Armstrong Custer.

5 Or treason, if you prefer, see footnote 2.

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