There's a new flag flying in Seattle's Greenwood area, and it appears to have caused a false outrage with the misconceptions that it was a Confederate flag, something that's been attacked by liberals as falsely being a symbol related to oppression.
The Seattle Times writer Erik Lacitis reports that he received a news tip from a New York Times bestselling true-crime author, which said there was a Confederate Flag flying in the area.
"Hi. Suddenly there is a Confederate flag flying in front of a house in my Greenwood neighborhood. It is at the north-east corner of 92nd and Palatine, just a block west of 92nd and Greenwood Ave N. I would love to know what this ‘means' … but of course, don't want to knock on their door. Maybe others in the area are flying the flag? Maybe it's a story? Thank you," author Rebecca Morris wrote.
This peaked the interest of the Seattle Times' Lacitis, who himself made the journey to attempt to discover the flag, which has in the last year become a symbol of controversy engaging liberals across the nation who perceive it to be a symbol of "white supremacy," which is the furthest definition from the truth.
Let's pause for a moment and discuss the Confederate flag, and clarify its existence and meaning.
The idea that the Confederate flag or the battle flag is representative of "racism," or hate, or in anyway referencing bigotry is ill-conceived at best.
The reality is, many Confederate units served under battle flags that looked nothing like the red flag with the star-studded blue cross.
It's more so a symbol of Southern pride, and honoring our heritage. For the South, people of every ethnicity and background respect the Confederate flag, and it's in no way meant to be used or abused as a symbol of hatred despite the efforts to subjugate it as such by a small portion of hateful individuals.
Ironically, the flag itself first became a widely used symbol by the "Dixiecrats," which essentially formed the modern-Democratic party.
It wouldn't be until the late U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, as the civil rights movement gained steam, that the flag was ever used for a hateful purpose. At that time, it was actually Democrats who waved the flag in the Ku Klux Klan, but that's an unpopular fact.
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<span style="margin-top:15px;rgba(42,51,6,0.7);font-size:12px;">Confederate Flag. Credit: <a href="https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_display_of_the_Confederate_flag"> Wikipedia </a> </span>
So, back to Seattle, peaking the interest of Lacitis, he headed to the location where the alleged Confederate flag was flying.
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<span style="margin-top:15px;rgba(42,51,6,0.7);font-size:12px;">American Flag. Credit: <a href="https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_the_United_States"> Wikipedia </a> </span>
To his surprise, he discovered a flagpole, with a US Flag at the top, and below it, a red flag which had blue stripes.
He stated that when hanging down, it did resemble a Confederate flag, and on that particular day there wasn't much wind to see the flag blowing in the breeze.
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<span style="margin-top:15px;rgba(42,51,6,0.7);font-size:12px;">Flag of Norway. Credit: <a href="https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Norway"> Wikipedia</a> </span>
That's when Darold Norman Stangeland came out from the corner house saying, "That's a Norwegian flag, it's been up there since the start of the Olympics."
Since the Winter Olympics have begun this year, Norway has won a total of 13 Gold Medals, 14 Silver Medals, and 10 Bronze Medals, in the city of PyeongChang South Korea.
Lack seemed amused by this in his reporting, that the current political atmosphere in America is so divided between right and left that both sides are quick to jump the gun to promote an agenda, but as seen here, the flag was never one that could be perceived as hateful whether true or not, due to the fact it wasn't what Rebecca Morris claimed it to be.
"I'm a proud Norwegian-American. My parents emigrated here in the mid-1950s. He skippered tugboats," Stangeland said to Lacitik, clearly loving this time of year where his country is winning at the Olympics.
It appears this happens more often than not, where the Norwegian flag is confused as being Confederate, although neither should truly matter.
If a person wants to respect their past and heritage and honor their culture, it shouldn't be an issue what flag they fly. Many lives were lost defending all flags, regardless of the outcome of those battles.
It's a hope from some at least, that we can put aside our differences, much like we've seen at this year's Olympics, and unite.
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