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Black College Student Says Confederate Flag a Symbol of ‘Respect, Southern Pride’

Byron Thomas, a black college student at the University of Southern Carolina Beaufort drew complaints from fellow students and their parents for displaying a Confederate flag in his dorm room window. He took the flag down at the university’s request, but says he will put it back up now that he has received clearance to do so from school officials.

Byron says “the past is the past” and he sees the banner as a symbol of Southern pride and not racism.

The 19-year-old posted a video online in which he tells viewers, “I know it’s kind of weird because I’m black.”

Thomas said a class research project brought him to the belief that the flag’s real meaning has been misconstrued.

“When I look at this flag, I don’t see racism. I see respect, Southern pride,” he said. “This flag was seen as a communication symbol” during the Civil War.

Thomas says he believes his generation can eliminate the flag’s negative power by adopting the banner as a symbol of Southern pride.

The freshman also said he doesn’t appreciate being called “African-American,” which makes him feel like “a half-citizen,” since, he says, he wasn’t born in Africa.

Do the parents who raised this young man agree with his stance on the Confederate symbol?

Not so much.

He says his parents don’t like the flag and he’s concerned about their point of view, particularly since they pay his bills.

“I don’t want to make my parents mad,” he said.

I’m going to have to side with your parents on this one, young man. The reason you have the freedom to put a controversial banner up in your college dorm (and the reason it is now legal for you to be educated) is because the army that fought under that banner lost a war waged over the right to enslave your ancestors (who, by the way, were from Africa).

The banner that represents that victory unites one America under its stars and stripes. —kathleen cross



  1. Jameshatesoutheners on December 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    what happens, when you have a redneck history teacher.

  2. Divagk on December 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Young Mr. Thomas needs a history lesson.  And the most insidious statement he makes is about his parents not liking the flag and he’s concerned about their point of view, particularly since they pay his bills.“I don’t want to make my parents mad,” he said  Unbelievable!  The unmitigated gall of the statement.  But unfortunately, this is what we get when our young brothers and sisters do not know their history.  I’ll gladly purchase a membership for him to the Association for the Study of African Life and HIstory!  Or a copy of Tom Burrell’s book “Brainwashed”!

  3. HipHopTaliban on December 5, 2011 at 4:21 am

    I can’t believe there is still “debate” as to whether the Civil War was fought over slavery! Just read the Declaration of Causes of Secession in which the southern states lay out why they want out. Yes States’ Rights are the basic reason … the right to maintain the institution of slavery being the biggest “right.”

    Therefore, the symbol chosen to represent these treasonous states is a symbol that represents, among other things, their desire to preserve the institution of slavery.

    So yeah, the confederate flag is, was and forever will be a historical symbol of treason and slavery.

    Read more:

  4. vixenth on December 8, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    I agree with the student I’m American who’s skin is black. Never been to Africa I was born here.  Fight on!

  5. Samuel S Long on March 10, 2012 at 1:21 am

    look you are being extra naive if you think that flag is not about racism because that was the south’s main issue with the north(when AFRICAN’S first was dragged here from our native land). They felt we where property as much as a ent table. They represented and stood for that same flag before and after slavery. Therfore they had a leader that alredy felt racism and hatetred towards anyone who wasn’t them and didn’t accept or like new comers after murdering and stealing the land from others. If thats SOUTHERN PRIDE then i want no parts. You sound like a dumb ass, uncle tom, brown nosing ass white coat to me.