Twitter bigots go ballistic after Alabama takes down the Confederate flag
On Wednesday, Robert Bentley, the governor of Alabama, ordered the Confederate flag removed from state capitol grounds, sending some Twitter users into a fit of white supremacist rage.
“The is the right thing to do,” Bentley told AL.com of taking the rebel flag off state property. “We are facing some major issues in this state regarding the budget and other matters that we need to deal with. This had the potential to become a major distraction as we go forward. I have taxes to raise, we have work to do. And it was my decision that the flag needed to come down.”
Aghast, Confederate flag enthusiasts took to Twitter to express their shock and rage — and to defend “southern heritage” more generally. The hashtag #KeepTheFlagUp is popular among the white supremacist Twitter set. Some examples of what they had to offer:
Don't understand why people are hating on the Confederate Flag so much. It's a sign of the South, and Southern Pride. It's not all racism.
— Brennan Denault (@OneAndOnlyB_Den) June 24, 2015
— Kel Varnsen (@Archeofuture) June 24, 2015
Never once was I taught hatred or anything bad under Dixie. Dixie was the flag of my southern heritage of hard work and love for freedom…
— Patrick (@Coach_Jethro) June 24, 2015
I am not prejudice. I have friends of all races and life styles. But I value my Southern Heritage. pic.twitter.com/DvAq4ijOG6
— K. M. Winthrop (@k_m_winthrop) June 24, 2015
Just spoke with Laurie, who owns a southern heritage store with her husband. Says "they're taking away our heritage." pic.twitter.com/lbClejKArG
— Natalie Allison (@natalie_allison) June 24, 2015
— John Danneskjold (@JohnDanneskjold) June 24, 2015
It wasn't the flag itself that stood for racism, it was the slave owners that did. The flag stands for states' rights. #KeepTheFlagUp
— Michael Bowers (@THE_Blastcage) June 24, 2015
Alabama Governor orders removal of Confederate Flag. Spineless coward! I hate to see cream puffs who crater to PC BS.
— Geneva Phoenix (@GenevaPhoenix) June 24, 2015