Pseudonymous liberal blogger General JC Christian is urging fellow liberals to burn Confederate flags at the Tea Party rallies scheduled nationwide for September 12, which he calls "that most holy of Teabagging days." Christian, whose satirical blog is written in the voice of an over-the-top Tea Partier, launched a Facebook page and dedicated site for "Burn the Confederate Flag Day."
Christian explains, "Burn the Confederate Flag Day is a protest against the right's exploitation of racial prejudice for political gain. We urge you to burn the Confederate flag, a long-time symbol of racial hatred, on Sept 12, the date when the racially-divisive Tea Party holds its annual hate fest." On his blog, he introduced the event by writing under his satirical Tea Partier voice and faking outrage:
After years of shoving long, hard, steaming doses of tolerance down our throats, the libislamunistofascists are now attacking our precious flag, the Stars and Bars of our beloved Confederacy.
Well, I'm not going to stand for it. The flag means too much to me as both a Confederate-American and a teabagging patriot. It's a symbol for all we hold dear: the right of a state to allow men to own other men, the right to apportion water fountains according to skin tone, the right to spread the word that being darkly hued is an act of subversion, and the right to point out that Obama is an African, just like all those black people.
Christian later tells Talking Points Memo's Evan McMorris-Santoro, "I think that it would start a great conversation about race and about how it's being used for political gain right now. ... I can imagine people showing up at the tea parties, which I'll do at my local one, and the tea party backers will start explaining why [the flag] is about state's rights, not slavery, and all that and basically hang themselves. ... I think that will be one of the messages that come out of the tea party events if my idea works out and people actually embrace it."
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