I’m Giving Props To A Republican Now

With Dylann Roof’s manifesto out in the open – Which, by the way, reads a hell of a lot like some of your comments, so thanks for that awesome feeling. – there’s absolutely no denying his intentions were entirely racist. Because shooting up a historic black church on the anniversary of a slave revolt and letting a woman live so she could tell everyone he was there to shoot black people apparently wasn’t enough. In light of this information, it made the Confederate flag flying above the state capital at full-mast even more disgusting than the fact it was even there at all. (And should’ve been taken down in 1962 like it was originally intended.) And now in a move that I’ll tickle your tiny, little hate-boners with by saying is braver than anything Caitlyn Jenner has done, Republican State Representative Doug Brannon is promising a bill to have the flag removed which takes some goddamn balls in the south let alone running on a Republican ticket. Via Raw Story:

I had a friend die Wednesday night for no reason other than he was a black man,” Brannon, a Republican, told MSNBC host Chris Hayes in a phone interview. “Senator Pinckney was an incredible human being. I don’t want to talk politics, but I’m gonna introduce the bill for that reason.”

Before I started writing the site, I had never once heard the idiotic notion that the Civil War wasn’t about slavery. Because like a naive moron, I thought there were fundamental facts that were just universally understood. Especially when states seceding from the Union put it in goddamn writing that their reason for doing so was slavery, and the fucking vice-president of the Confederacy specifically stated the “negro” is not equal to the white man and slavery is their “proper status.” Via Tim Wise:

The new constitution has put at rest, forever, all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institution. African slavery as it exists amongst us is the proper status of the negro in our form of civilization. This was the immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution. Jefferson in his forecast, had anticipated this, as the “rock upon which the old Union would split.” He was right. What was conjecture with him, is now a realized fact. But whether he fully comprehended the great truth upon which that rock stood and stands, may be doubted. The prevailing ideas entertained by him and most of the leading statesmen at the time of the formation of the old constitution, were that the enslavement of the African was in violation of the laws of nature; that it was wrong in principle, socially, morally, and politically. It was an evil they knew not well how to deal with, but the general opinion of the men of that day was that, somehow or other in the order of Providence, the institution would be evanescent and pass away… Those ideas, however, were fundamentally wrong. They rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error.

Of course, people will try and tell you the Confederate flag is about “heritage” which, sure, it is, but that heritage is so steeped in racism it put it in fucking writing. So, again, for a Republican in South Carolina to come out and say it’s time to stop honoring a history that still endorses murdering people because of the color of their skin is courageous as hell. I’m sitting safe and sound behind a computer screen where no one knows what I look like, but this guy’s basically daring a country boy to drive up in a coal-roller and shoot him in the face. I don’t care what party you belong to, that’s fucking bravery. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to change my name to Beauregard Sweet Tea IV and get one of those license plates with a poop-snake on it. *drinks out of Mason jar* Book larnin’?! I hates it! (You’ll never find me.)

UPDATE: Holy shit, now Governor Nikki Haley’s calling for the flag to be removed. What the hell happen- oh, wait, nobody’s talking about gun control. Well played.

Photo: Slate