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Neither Hate Nor Ignorance - Elf M. Sternberg
Neither Hate Nor Ignorance
The one thing that gets me when watching all the debating going on over the "Confederate Flag" (which is really the jack flag of the CSA Navy; the Battle Flag of Virginia was square) is that people keep using terms like "hate" and "ignorance" to describe the people who fly the flag.

Sorry, I lived in the south for the first twenty-five years of my life and Southerners are neither hateful nor ignorant.

Instead, they view themselves as the rightful masters of the universe, held down by vicious circumstance. They believe in their hearts that there is a power law to the universe, that some men do rise to the top, and that the natural way to determine this is by skin color. It's neither hate nor ignorance, but it is a love of power, and a deathly fear that those they have abused for so long will rise up. Their greatest fear is that they will lose power: that they'll no longer have anyone to piss on, and the rain on their heads won't be water.

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Current Music: Behind the Line, Screw Jay

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fayanora From: fayanora Date: July 2nd, 2015 08:16 am (UTC) (Link)
How is that not hatred?
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