This week President Obama became the first sitting president to tour a federal prison when he went to El Reno federal penitentiary in Oklahoma. This visit comes two days after the president spoke about criminal justice reform to the NAACP, where he focused his remarks on reducing the sentences for nonviolent drug offenders. Commendably, Obama also talked about the living conditions of the incarcerated:
We should not tolerate conditions in prison that have no place in any civilized country. We should not be tolerating overcrowding in prison. We should not be tolerating gang activity in prison. We should not be tolerating rape in prison. And we shouldn’t be making jokes about it in our popular culture. That’s no joke. These things are unacceptable.”
When President Obama arrived at his hotel in Oklahoma City last night, he was greeted by a group of protesters waving Confederate battle flags.
According to a local news station, the demonstrators wanted to show the world that the battle flag is not a symbol of hate but one of heritage – by waving it while shouting angrily at the first black president. (Huh? What? Ya that is the point they are making, riiigghhhtt!)
“We don’t believe it’s a symbol of racism,” protest organizer Andrew Duncomb told KFOR. “They’re blaming the racist problems on the flag and not on the real problems of America. Through the race lies the people who carry and harbor the hate inside.”
A friend of mine on facebook very eloquently disagrees:
Confederate flag rally outside hotel where President Obama stayed in Oklahoma.
Remember this photo the next time someone tries to argue that racism is over because we’ve elected a black president. Or that the Confederate flag is just a symbol of Southern heritage and not an in-your-face expression of hate.
That things are different in 2015. Or that opposition to this president has nothing to do with race.This photo was taken last night outside the hotel in Oklahoma City where President Obama was staying.
He’s there to visit a federal prison, the first sitting president to ever do so
When you look at a larger version of this photo, it’s even more fascinating. At a distance, the large Confederate flags seem to tower over the crowd. They’re probably all white men, though one flag says “woman” and it’s hard to see the face of the person holding it.
Then the rest of the crowd is just their to get a glimpse of the president. Smiling African-American families. Lots of kids. People craning their necks for a better view. A small American flag fluttering quietly to the left.
Families in Oklahoma, many of them black families, hoping to see the president in their town. Met by this menacing, bullying flag, this giant symbol of intolerance and segregation. In this image, they ignore it as best as they can — though it still hangs over everything.
Look it seems there is a sad little segment to our population who have a kind of brain damage when it comes to this matter. I suppose there is very little we can do about except consistently and continually beat home what the confederate flag really stands for. Watch Central Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries’ impassioned speech on what the Confederate Flag symbolizes and stands for to him personally, and for the millions of Africans brought to this country in bondage and slavery.
HERE IS YOUR SIGN
Books To Feed Your Mind
Get more stuff like this
Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.
Thank you for subscribing.
Something went wrong.