Camouflage: A nice alternative to the Stars and Bars

Commentary by CJ Click
Times-News correspondent
teens20@thetimesnews.com

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   In this day and age, we find ourselves living in a world of hypersensitivity where someone, somewhere is offended by something all the time. This can in fact desensitize people, making them think that an individual just needs to “get over it” or that they are being ridiculous. People should be careful, especially here in the southern part of heaven, to take into consideration the meaning behind the Stars and Bars —better known as the Confederate Flag.
There are those that claim the emblem as simply heritage and there is no denying that the symbol has a long history here. People who bear the emblem of Dixie aren’t inherently racist for doing so. Individuals honestly wear the colors, or fly the flag, in an act of southern pride — not as a symbol of disregard for another race.
But there are also people who are offended by the Stars and Bars being worn or displayed and they are in some ways justified. There is a history behind the flag and it stood for some principles that will be a blot on American history forever. The Confederate States of America (CSA) was composed of 11 slave states (13 according the Confederate government), concerned with the North’s push to abolish slavery. Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration and the Republican Party’s determination to end slavery pushed the slave states over the edge, causing them to secede and argue about constitutional limitations. The CSA took several measures during the Civil War to maintain slavery as a norm, which was a key factor in their economy.
This history cannot be reversed. We can’t overlook it. We can only learn from it. That’s why Brad Paisley might have the right idea in his song “Camouflage.” He sings about how the Stars and Bars offends some people and calls for them to show their southern pride through the use of camouflage. It’s a great alternative to the Dixie flag and has no potential to offend.
It’s important to take other’s feelings into consideration before donning the Stars and Bars. While you have every right to display the symbol, either on your clothing or on your lawn, there is a history behind it that speaks to millions of people who were severely mistreated in the name of state’s rights — a sacred principle that the CSA twisted to preserve their way of life. Instead of taking the chance of offending someone, wear camouflage. It’s a great way to display the pride we all share of our home that is relevant for modern times.

 CJ Click is a rising sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Teens & Twenties writer.

 

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