Living in the southern region of the United States, it's not abnormal to spot the Confederate rebel flag here and there in a Florida neighborhood.

After the tragedy at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where Dylann Roof opened fire on a Bible study, it was discovered that the 21-year-old's attack was racially motivated. Since then, the racism that is associated with the Confederate flag has become a hot-button issue.

The reason I hope to see the southern flag still hanging in the breeze is because it does not matter. The reasoning behind outlawing the flag is that it is offensive. Based off of this, we should ask the Catholic Church to take the cross off their buildings as they provide offense to the LGBTQ community with its lack of support. The Confederate flag still holds the colors red, white and blue — a sign of freedom in this country. In fact, The Washington Post reported the story of black South Carolinian Karen Cooper and why she is far from offended by the rebel flag.

In a viral video interview with The Washington Post, the ardent tea party supporter said, "I actually think that it represents freedom. It represents a people who stood up to tyranny."

If you have the time or audacity to stand and riot against a simple flag, then it's time to pick up a newspaper. The media has been averting our eyes away from important issues going on in the world with this paranoia with redneck agendas. The rebel flag propaganda has distracted from issues such as the fact that most of the global public opposes torture, except for America, according to a study performed by the Pew Research Center. Yet, somehow the ideals behind a piece of cloth seem more relevant to the media.

The Pentagon also just released its new Law of War Manual, in which it suggests the future repercussions of military journalists: "unlawful combatants are left to the imagination …" This should raise some serious red flags.

But by all means, let us sit and dwell on the idiotic Confederate flag because, somehow, it's causing issues in our country.

The Anti-Media reported an important discovery made on the value of cannabis oil and its use as treatment for autism, a story that was overlooked by this debate over the flag.

The online publication reported,"Within just two days, he was finally able to speak. … Soon after, he began using consonants, too, speaking like his parents never thought possible."

Does the fate of the Confederate flag still seem so important?


Tiffani Daniel is a contributing writer for the Central Florida Future.

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