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Ta-Nehisi Coates: Real citizens cannot fly Confederate flag

Regarding the display of the Confederate flag outside the White House over the weekend, Ta-Nehisi Coates writes that “it’s not so much that a man would fly a Confederate flag … in front of the home of a black family. It’s that a crowd would allow him the comfort of doing it.” He adds:

If a patriot can stand in front of the White House brandishing the Confederate flag, then the word “patriot” has no meaning. The Nazi flag is offensive because it is a marker of centuries of bigotry elevated to industrialized murder. But the Confederate flag does not merely carry the stain of slavery, of “useful killing,” but the stain of attempting to end the Union itself. You cannot possibly wave that flag and honestly claim any sincere understanding of your country. It is not possible.

Coates earlier provides a compelling explanation of why “the Confederate flag is far worse than ‘offensive.'”:

It is not simply that the flag is offensive. It is that it is the chosen symbol of slaveholders and those who wanted to live in a republic rooted in slaveholding.

Links: Shutdown wrap-up

1. From The Onion: Point-Counterpoint: John Boehner: “The Republican Party Cannot Stand By And Let Obamacare Destroy This Country” versus John Boehner: “Help Me”

2. A majority of Congress would vote right now to end the shutdown. But Boehner, as of Wednesday, still refuses to bring a “clean” continuing resolution to vote in the House. (Original Fallows story here.)

3. Fallows: The Idiocy of the Shutdown, in 3 Acts.

4. Rick Perry’s Orwellian rhetoric.

5. “John Boehner has flatly stated that Republicans won’t allow default because: ‘I’m not going to risk the full faith and credit of the federal government.’ And yet, Boehner is asking for a comical list of concessions in exchange for doing what he himself says must happen.” (Source.)

6. “[T]he idea that conservatism can never fail, it can only be failed, extends beyond ideology to its tactical extension, eternal and maximal opposition to Barack Obama and everything he wants to do. Fighting Obama is a strategy that can never fail. If failure happens, it can only be because we didn’t fight him hard enough.” (Story here.)

7. House Republicans have refused to negotiate until there’s a crisis.