By Chuck Suter
Before I’m blocked by my old friend, Jack Hunter, I want to share this one last post.
I didn’t grow up a fan of the Rebel flag, in any of its forms, and I’m as close to being a Yankee as you can be while still being considered a Southerner. I felt all the guilt of slavery and what I was taught in “school” by the all-powerful federal government.
I moved to Manassas, Virginia, around the age of 21. All the history was there; I lived in a duplex that was once the “Old Town Manassas” sheriff’s office. My boss had one of the few houses in historic Bull Run. My wife got pregnant with our first child, and we moved to Culpeper, Virginia. In 2006, I started to learn of this old man named Ron Paul. Boy did that change everything.
I never trusted the school system or the government, so it was a natural fit for me to support the message that Ron Paul was speaking. I started to question much of what I had learned, and the Rebel flag was front and center. I had seen many old guys with stickers on their trucks that said “Heritage Not Hate,” alongside an image of the Rebel flag, and I decided it was time to stop looking at them as backwards racists and finally hear their side of the story.
It didn’t take long, with my predisposition to think outside the box, for me to see I had been lied to in school. Just as with almost everything else, the Civil War had been twisted into something that had nothing to do with reality. I wasn’t shocked to find out that Lincoln was a racist; I was shocked it took me so long to learn the truth. It came as no surprise that a nation that ignored the US Constitution to go to war with Iraq had done the same against its own people 150 years earlier.
As my research continued and my new opinion grew, I wanted to find someone who was willing to speak the truth about this historical inaccuracy, or I was going to find a way to do it myself. Mind you, at the time I had dreadlocks past my shoulders.
Then I finally found you, Jack Hunter: a breath of fresh air had been administered to a dying truth. That was then; now things have changed.
Recently, you have made the rounds in the mainstream media saying, “It’s not about being right,” that you were “wrong about the Confederate Flag,” and “it’s time to take it down.” I agree that it’s not about who is or who isn’t right; it’s about telling a historically accurate account of this country and the Civil War; and, in your own words, it’s about “Being Honest about Abraham Lincoln.”
By doing anything else, one is projecting the inability of black folks to understand one of the most complex issues of our time. This twisted version of sympathy is not a form of compassion towards African Americans, its borderline racism fueled by the same political expediency that has taught 150 years worth of lies about the United States’ first tyrant.
Not only does this condescending reversal portray black folks as unable to understand the complexities of human events, it puts our US flag, Constitution, and Declaration of Independence on the politically correct chopping block of revisionist history — as well as every last historical tribute to those brave individuals, black and white, men and women, who stood up against federal tyranny 150 years ago.
The Bible commands us to not bare false witness. It also says our only salvation is in Jesus Christ. How soon do we take down the Bible that was the center of faith and religious practice of those who defended themselves, flying the Northern Virginia battle flag, against the War of Northern Aggression, sir?
Chuck Suter is the founder of Consitutionalwar.org, a grassroots organization devoted to preserving freedom in the United States. As a videographer and community activist, Suter has had success influencing elected officials to side with the wishes of the people and personal liberties. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife and five children. Follow @Con_War_ORG.