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Nine people died a couple weeks back and everyone’s acting like it’s the Confederate flag that killed them.

Eloquent statesmen like the rapper Jay Z who famously said he had “99 problems but a bitch ain’t one” demanded, ““The Confederate Flag needs to come down. It represents violence and racism. It is offensive to millions.” No one can doubt that statement, nor can they doubt Jay Z is often photographed wearing Che Guevara t-shirts or spitting out the n word in his lyrics with a frequency that would make a Klan leader blush.

Are we, Jay Z included, really willing to live in a world where we must be sensitive to all? For it’s not just the swastika and old Dixie that makes people uncomfortable.

If we’re going to take down the Confederate flag and truly be consistent, there is no doubt we should also take down the American flag. Those stripes represent thirteen colonies, many of which were slave holding territories and all compromised that the slaves only counted as three-fifths of a person. Those thirteen colonies and many of the states represented by stars also contributed to a genocide of millions of Native Americans, poured Napalm on East Asia and drones all over the Middle East. The most modern variation of the flag designed in 1960 has flown over homosexuals decried as criminals and African-Americans segregated to drink from different water fountains.

In fact the more you think about it, the more it’s obvious it wouldn’t be a bad idea to start over and create a new flag to represent America.

Betsy Ross wouldn’t mind.

Even if she did it’s not like she came from a country that allowed her to vote on the matter.

A small contingent of the population might be offended at the idea of throwing a flag away by saying the flag is part of our history. But if we established the precedent that if anyone is offended by a flag, it should come down, no flag should be safe.

Of course, the counterargument is this would be overkill.

A flag has never killed anyone.

No, it was a gun that massacred those nine people a couple weeks back. And while we pat ourselves on the back for Walmart no longer offering to sell confederate flags, you can still feel comfortable to walk into that same store and buy as many guns as you damn well please.

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