Erroneously Equating Swastika and Confederate Flag

(May 23, 2017) Yesterday New York Times editorial writer Brent Staples equated the Nazi flag with the Confederate flag.  Mr. Staples evidently did not realize that some of the U.S. tanks that liberated the Nazi concentration camps flew the Confederate flag. He also apparently fails to realize that 40% of America’s soldiers today come from the South whereas only 15% are from the Northeast, or that the Confederate flag has accompanied American military forces in the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. In fact, upon the U.S. entry into the First World War 10,000 aged veterans in Gray showed up in Washington to support the effort whereas only 3,000 veterans in Blue made the trip.

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10 thoughts on “Erroneously Equating Swastika and Confederate Flag

  1. E. Michael Helms, writer

    I fought as a “grunt” US Marine in Vietnam (Echo Co., 2nd Bn 4th Marines (Reg) 3rdMarDiv) in 1967-68. I recall seeing the Confederate Battle Flag flying from a couple of tanks and several trucks. As a Southerner, it made me proud to see the banner my direct ancestors had fought so bravely under. Leave our flags and monuments alone! There is nothing racist about them, except in the minds of the historically and civic ignorant.

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  3. Cotton Boll Conspiracy

    To compare the Confederacy to Nazi Germany is historical ignorance of the grossest sort. If nothing else, it diminishes what those who suffered at the hands of the Nazis went through. Yet, this is what passes for intelligent discourse in many circles today.

    1. Phil Leigh Post author

      Agreed. It is particularly disappointing that it passes for such at The New York Times

      I sent a letter to the newspaper’s public editor who is supposed to represent offended readers. Her choice was to write an article about how other readers were offended by a pronoun that a reporter used in another article.

  4. Carl W. Roden

    I am working on a similar post for my blog, but I enjoyed what you wrote too.
    The entire argument comparing the two symbols is dishonest at best, and historical ignorance at worst.

    1. Phil Leigh Post author

      It is also selective concern about the treatment of minorities. As the link below documents, California grossly mistreated Asian Americans but nobody is taking down monuments to the historical Californian and American politicians that perpetrated it.

      In speaking of California’s growing Chinese population, for example, Leland Stanford said, “I am in favor of free white American citizens. I prefer white citizens to any other class or race.” Leland was the state’s governor and founder of Stanford University.


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