[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Move over Confederate battle flag! You’re likely to get a little relief from the constant media attention to the continued quest to banish you from all of society. The ‘that’s racist and I’m offended’ crowd has a new attack target, but this one will not likely get the support for banishment from people around the country like the attack on the Confederate battle flag did. The new target is the fleur de lis.
In case you are not sure what the fleur de lis is, it is the symbol that is not only on the helmets and uniforms of the New Orleans Saints, it is also associated with the City of New Orleans and is the official symbol of Louisiana, having been given that designation by Governor Bobby Jindal in 2008.
It is also now being deemed by the PC police as being racist.
Dr. Ibrahima Seck, a slave historian, says that the fleur de lis is not just some innocent symbol. It was once used to mark slaves, and is therefore a symbol of racism.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]
“Code noir, those words are French and mean black code,” Dr. Seck said. In explaining code noir, or black code, Dr. Seck said that it was a method adopted in Louisiana in 1724 for branding slaves who ran away as punishment.
He added, “He would be taken before a court and the sentence would be being branded on one shoulder and with the fleur de lis, and then they would crop their ears.” If the slave ran away a second time, then he or she would be branded again with the fleur de lis and their hamstrings would be cut.
Seck said, “As an African I find it painful, and I think people whose ancestors were enslaved here may feel it even harder than I do as an African.”
Still, Seck is not pushing for the banishment of the fleur de lis and a Tulane professor agrees that despite its racist history, the symbol has grown to be one of unity.
Terrence Fitzmorris, a professor at Tulane University, said the fleur de lis was a sign of supremacy. He also stated, “It was a brutal way of scarring someone and also identifying someone as a particular troublemaker.”
Even though both Seck and Fitzmorris agree that the fleur de lis should not be banned because it transformed from its racist history to be seen as a sign of unity, don’t think that will stop a push for its banishment from someone in the “I’m offended, therefore what offends me must be destroyed” crowd.
After all, we quickly moved from a debate on whether the Confederate battle flag should be removed from the South Carolina capitol grounds to the push to dig up graves of dead Confederate officers to move their bodies as well as to completely destroy Civil War memorials.
Only time will tell if the fleur de lis will be attacked and, if so, if it will have enough support from the City of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana to withstand a push to ban it from society.
h/t Daily Caller[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]