Hello Intellectual Minds,
Oh I tell ya, it's so good to be back! I told you earlier I was having difficulty with my Internet service and thankfully, I'm happy to say, for now, it's all behind me. Yea Me! June was an absolute horrible month, and that's usually a good month for me, but I guess you win some and you lose some.
Anyhoo, I'm positive you've been staying up-to-date on the latest news. From Donald Trump and his inflammatory statements on immigration; to football players losing fingers in celebration of the 4th of July, taking with them the loss of a multi-million dollar contract; to prison escapees who have since been caught and one dead; to a judge who released sealed deposition testimony of Bill Cosby, due to Mr. Cosby's arrogance--you name it, it's out there. All I can say is WTF? My goodness, for it to be seven months into 2015, what the hell is goin' on 'round here? Sheesh!
I suppose if you were paying attention, you may have noticed I left out one very important fact that has been happening in our news as of late. Oooh yeah that damn Confederate Flag in South Carolina. I've been watching all the CNN reports every way I receive news, keeping myself abreast of all that is going on with that. As of the time I'm writing this, the flag has been removed. Praise Be! It's a damn shame it took a tragedy of nine African-American people to die in order to push this matter along. There were people who have been fighting for the removal of that flag for over fifty years, never expecting to ever see their dreams come to fruition.
So. . .the flag has been removed. Now what? Does America really think by removing a flag, such as the Confederate, that that is going to change the racial tension and hatred from the hearts of many racists? Does the removal of the flag change the way mean-spirited people think and behave? No, unfortunately the removal is just a gesture of good faith that took many years in the making to have. Is the removal going to stop those who have went out and bought Confederate flags for their own personal use? Aah, once again, no. . .I'm afraid not. So, I guess what I'm asking is, what good does it do to remove a piece of cloth that symbolizes hate, when many of those same people went out and purchased their own personal flags to display on their properties, cars, lawns, etc.?
Umm, wait a minute? Ok, I get it. So by removing the flag from in front of South Carolina's State Capitol, this somehow changes everything? Hmm, really? Oooh, it's a start many say. Well I suppose that is true. It is a start--a start that took many years to get here, so I'll take it. I'm just a bit confused as to why all of the celebration when removing the flag isn't going to change ignorance. Never mind the historical factor that coincides with the flag. I get it, I really do, but what I don't get is what changed? And not only that, why is it when the Governor signed into law to have the flag removed, what was the big deal about waiting another twelve hours before it was removed? Hey, as far as I was concerned, the sista who climbed the pole to remove it before had the right idea. I'm like good for you sista--get your pole climbing on. It was just that simple. Go up, take it down, end of discussion, but unfortunately, politics and historians got in the way.
Don't get me wrong. I'm thankful to God the flag has been removed. It's a great day for South Carolina in that respect. But, I ask, how does this change things? Do you know Amazon couldn't keep the Confederate flag in stock. Talk about breaking the Internet--the companies who make the flag can't keep 'em in stock. So, someone out there wants to have that flag. Can lawmakers stop citizens from purchasing the flag? And even if they could, would that be constitutional? The removal of the flag was just a small symbol in the wake of something more serious. My point being, there's still a long way to go before we can really celebrate. Until you can get racists to change their mean-spirited hearts and sickened minds, I'm afraid you can remove all the historical symbols you want, it's not going to change whats in them.
You can take the flag down, but you can't remove what it symbolizes in some people's heart! And until you can successfully get people to live as one harmonized unit, nothing's ever going to change. So, the flag is down. . .can we really be truly happy? What says you? How do you weigh in?
Until next time, Happy Reading. . .
Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer
You can take a person away from hate. . .
But you can't always take the hate from within!
Be the Change YOU Seek!