Some Blacks Fly the Confederate Flag
With controversy surrounding the Confederate flag and symbolism topping the news over the past week or so, there comes a question of how the descendants of Black Confederates feel about the removing of the flag from government structures.
It has been stated that as many as 10 percent of the Confederate states' 250,000 free blacks enlisted as solders and that slaves fought alongside their masters, although it was prohibited by the Confederacy. It is almost without question that the slaves that fought did so as servants.
But if 25,000 free black men fought as Confederates in the war between the states, what would have been their reasons for doing so? Was it the fear of change should the Union have won (which they did)? Did they fear being harassed by their neighbors if they did not participate?
There's no doubt that some Blacks are descendants of Confederate soldiers. Do they, too, honor the Confederate flag in remembrance of their ancestors? In the way that the n-word was taken and adapted to become a term of endearment (to the upsetting of many), the Confederate flag, regardless of its original meaning, has come to be seen as racist. Has the evolution of its symbolism caused the descendants of Black Confederates to shun the flag? Do you know any Blacks (other than Byron Thomas) who fly the flag with pride?