The ‘Dangerous’ Denial Of The True History Of The Confederacy, Confederate Flag, Racism, & America
There are many Americans in this day and age that have no clue about history, nor do they understand the realities that have shaped American history.
Some of these individuals, even as the Confederate flag was being removed from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds, do not recognize that the African-American community and other communities of color view the Confederate Flag as a racist symbol that has historically been used to promote hate.
On Friday, Roland Martin, Activist/Filmmaker Bree Newsome, and the NewsOne Now panel featuring Catalina Byrd, Media Consultant & Host, WEAA 88.9FM Baltimore, Dr. Wilmer Leon,Political Scientist/Syndicated Columnist, SiriusXM Radio, and Daniella Gibbs Léger, Senior VP, Communications & Strategy, Center For American Progress, discussed the history of the Confederacy, the Confederate flag, and America’s denial of the history of hate associated with it.
Bree Newsome told Martin that one of the most disturbing things she has witnessed over the last few weeks, “is the extent to which Americans are really not educated on history.”
She added, “I think we really need to take a look at what is being taught in schools.” Newsome explained that people still do not understand what the Civil War was fought for, they do not understand the Civil Rights movement, and have “no understanding “ that historically, the Confederate flag was used to “terrorize people” since the end of the Civil War.
Daniella Gibbs Léger said the history of the Confederate flag is one of “racism, oppression, and hate.” She added, “To try to separate those two things is ridiculous.”
Martin, host of NewsOne Now, quoted the creator of the Confederate flag, William Thompson, and his description of “the White man’s flag,” which states:
“As a people we are fighting to maintain the heaven ordained supremacy of the White man over the inferior or colored race. A white flag would thus be emblematical of our cause.”
Dr. Wilmer Leon reminded NewsOne Now viewers that South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union. He said, “All you need to do is read the document of secession that South Carolina passed in 1852 that said, ‘We are doing this because of the fugitive slave provision in the Northern states that will not return our runaway slaves.’”
Newsome, who was arrested for scaling the flagpole at the South Carolina Statehouse grounds last weekend, cited members of the GOP for using America’s denial, or lack of knowledge of the history of the Confederacy, saying,“The thing about what Republicans are doing that is so dangerous is they are clearly playing to and courting an element of society that is virulently racist, that is violent.”
Lucia McBath, Mother Of Jordan Davis: Gun Laws In This Country Are “A Means For Legal Lynching”
On Friday, Lucia McBath, mother of slain teen Jordan Davis, joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to talk about the documentary 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets. The new documentary takes a 360 degree view of the murder, the trial and the struggles Davis’ parents went through while seeking justice for their son.
Previously reported on NewsOne.com:
A large part of 3 ½ Minutes focuses on Davis’ parents: his father Ron, and his mother,Lucia McBath, who never faltered in the pursuit of justice for their son. Silver expertly slips into their lives as they mourn Jordan, their grief shown in ways profound and mundane: a close-up of McBath’s hands, twisted in prayer or wringing in pain, or sadly applying her makeup. Bowed, but not broken.
The film also shines a light on Michael Dunn, so apparently clueless in his virulent racism as to almost be unbelievable (his affection for his puppy “Charlie,” juxtaposed with the lack of remorse for the child he killed, is chilling). The film underscores Dunn’s incredible arrogance by showing it coming from his own mouth. You hear him spewing stereotypes in taped calls from jail, saying things like, “Where’s their dads?” or “Maybe he would’ve killed somebody if it hadn’t been me.”
McBath explained the documentary “tells the entire story, the court story that nobody knows about — the behind the scenes, closed door story and the angst that his (Jordan Davis’) father and I felt for those two years trying to fight for justice not only for Jordan, but for the boys (who were also victimized by Michael Dunn).”
“It’s very, very relevant to what we are seeing in the country today,” said McBath.
“So we are hoping through our story to really talk about and bring those conversations to light about implicit biases in this country by organizations and individuals in this country … that are not being explicitly played out through gun violence.”
When talking about how gun laws across the country have emboldened individuals to “interpret them anyway that they want to” in terms of justifying their “violent actions,” McBath said, “I believe the gun laws in this country are basically a means for legal lynching.”
McBath explained she understands that her words can be interpreted as “hard rhetoric,” but she firmly believes “we have to be able to change the gun laws in this country” because they are “too expansive.”
She continued, we should make changes to gun laws, where people retain their second amendment rights and have a “common sense balance” implemented where people are not allowed to use their firearms for “their own explicit violent reasons.”
Uncle Charlie Wilson Talks New Memoir, That Time He & Kanye West Became Friends
“Uncle” Charlie Wilson joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss his new memoir, I Am Charlie Wilson. The book details the R&B superstar’s rise from drug addiction, overcoming prostate cancer, and his resurgence in the music business.
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast