Southern Pride

I'm tired of pretending—
That the flag that you're defending
Isn't hateful or offending,
In the message that it's sending.

You claim it as your heritage,
With southern pride, the narrative;
Understanding how unfair that is
Is absolutely imperative.

Say your father flew a Nazi flag—
As a German soldier, would you brag?
And fly that hateful posse's rag,
Or retire it to a body bag?

Now, imagine what you'd do,
If your mother were a Jew.
What would it mean to you?
Would it change your narrow view?

I'm really hoping for the latter—
For the sake of Black Lives Matter,
That you'll end the senseless chatter
And your ignorance will shatter.

It's time to change our shameful ways,
Which remind us of those painful days.
For in a world of black and white,
I'm always looking for the grays.
Written by NewBeginnings
Author's Note

Living in Mississippi, amidst the removal of our controversial state flag, many white southerners are clinging to the artifact - as they consider it a part of their heritage. What they need to understand is this: regardless of what it means to you, and regardless of your intentions, to many, this 'battle flag', represents the confederacy and is a symbol of white supremacy. It's as simple as that.
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