Its the comments that offend me. Many comments were made by White Folks offended by the exploitation and brainwashing of the children involved.
Uh. Yeah. Because the children in the video looked like they had no choice in the matter; like they were enslaved and downtrodden to speak with zealous defiance against the White Confederate contingent.
They looked excited and engaged to be speaking with words I hear every day in school (I am a teacher) about issues that matter to them; issues that must seem to many in upcoming generations like simple common sense. The kids in the video are saying, "Of course we shouldn't support a flag that is so obviously racist through it's very fiber. We will employ curse words to gather people's attention and keep it so they will learn about the racist background of the Confederate Flag. End debate."
Again, my Caucasian brothers' and sisters' comments make the issue about them. Their own sensibilities are offended by such vulgar terminology but the same sensibilities are not near as sensitive when we are talking about a flag used to celebrate racism and White Power.
Comments that claim kids shouldn't be cursing because F-words sound unintelligent or something like that may be legitimate but to say the kids are prisoners in their participation demeans the intent behind a powerful strategy. The video is obviously successful in being powerful.
I overheard a conversation between two five year old boys the other day. All of them were Caucasian. One of them was sitting up on a low branch of a tree. The other one climbing on top of a wood picnic table and jumping off. I was unseen and the kids were chit-chatting like boys do.
"The worst word is the F word."
"No, my daddy said the worst word is the N word."
"The N word isn't as bad as the F word."
"Yes it is worse way way worse. So is the S-H word."
"The N word is so worse that my dad said he would be sad if I ever said it. I am not ever going to say it."
And the conversation changed to the butterfly that flitted by. I am still not sure if either boy knew what actual words the F word or the N word are but the debate gave me hope.
At least the upcoming generation is talking. Really talking.
The confederate flag is fucked up. And the N-word is fucked up. And its fucked up that some of my people don't think its fucked up. What's not fucked up is the rhetorical strategy that may get a needed conversation underway or the kids that obviously get the educational strategy of said chosen rhetoric.