CNN Anchor Tries to Shame Black Man Because of his Views on the Confederacy, Backfires Big Time

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]One thing we can count on like clockwork is the leftist media’s attempt to frame the narrative that everyone is supposed to believe. If you’re black and, heaven forbid, you don’t go along with their attempt to race bait, then they will try numerous different angles to try to help you “see the light.” That is precisely what happened on CNN on Tuesday when Byron Thomas, a student, who happens to be black, at the University of South Carolina, appeared on the network to discuss the battle flag of Northern Virginia, which is most often referred to as the Confederate flag.

[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Hala Gorani, the CNN anchor, was baffled that not only does Thomas not hate the flag and does not view it as a symbol of hatred, he actually has one hanging in his apartment. She asked him why he supports the imagery on the flag, already injecting the predisposed notion that the flag must be seen as racist. He responded with the story of his family’s ancestral connection to the South and the Confederacy.

Thomas shared the story of his ancestors who, he said, was a cook for one of South Carolina’s regiment.

His name was Benjamin Thomas and he was from North Augustus, South Carolina. And I refuse to turn my back to what he did for the South. And after the South lost the Civil War, South Carolina gave its black troops pensions, which was the right thing to do. And so, you know, I’m proud of my state for giving black troops money for fighting for the South. And I’m just proud of my ancestor for fighting for the South and I’m not going to turn my back on that.

This didn’t sit too well with Gorani who was hell-bent on making Thomas understand how offensive the flag is. After all, Barack Obama did say that racism is within the DNA of this country.  She asked, “You don’t see the flag as a visual representation of that painful past?”

Thomas did not relent. In a powerful statement, he educated Gorani on his refusal to allow himself or his emotions to be controlled by a symbol or a word.

Well, I do understand people’s right to hate the flag and feel oppressed by it, but me personally, I do not feel offended by the flag because I refuse to allow a symbol or word have power over me, to make me feel offended. So, I’m just one in a minority that chooses to see the flag for different reasons. But I do understand why people hate the Confederate flag. I do.

[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]It was not enough for Gorani for Thomas to share his true views about the Confederacy. No. She could not simply respect his right to his own free thought, free speech, and ideas. For Gorani, like so many leftists, Thomas had to submit to the approved way of thinking. So, she went in for what she thought would be the kill giving her success in finally setting Thomas straight.

Gorani then shared with Thomas the story of Dylann Roof, the deranged white racist who killed nine black Christians in a church in Charleston, South Carolina. She reminded him that Roof had been photographed at some point in time holding a Confederate flag. Surely, she was undoubtedly thinking, a reminder of those facts will change this black man’s mind and shame him into agreement that the Confederate flag is bad and should be removed from all society.

She couldn’t have been more wrong.

Thomas would not cave as Gorani was hoping, and schooled the leftist anchor on what it means to be an American.

I refuse to allow his evilness to make me feel a different way about my flag, because Dylann decided to use his Confederate flag for racism. My Confederate flag, that I own, I do not use for racism. I don’t. So, he’s an American, he’s entitled to his beliefs in how he uses a symbol, and I am entitled to my beliefs and how I choose to use a symbol. So, I refuse to allow his evilness to trump how I see my symbol.

BOOM.

h/t Truth Revolt[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Jennifer Burke
Jennifer Burke
Jennifer is a Co-Founder of PolitiStick and the Editor-in-Chief. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a certified teacher with 12 years experience in the classroom. Jennifer attended what is credited for being the first modern-day Tea Party rally in the country in the Seattle area and from there emerged as a powerful speaker and writer within the movement. While still in Washington State, Jennifer was selected to be a member of the second graduating class of the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute (JDLI), a program which identified future conservative leaders. Jennifer worked as the National Outreach Director for one of the largest conservative groups in the country and served as Managing Editor and writer for what quickly grew to become one of the top 15 conservative sites in the country. She brings to Politistick a passion for the fight for freedom for current and future generations.
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