St. Patrick's Day - Wearing green, Irish dancing and Confederate flags?
The Kansas City Star
This weekend I went to the Brookside “warm up parade” before the big, Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Even though we were FREEZING, it was great fun. There was lots of candy, dogs dressed up with shamrocks, Irish dancers and the Confederate Flag.
The Confederate Flag…often seen in most St. Patrick’s Day parades.
Strike that – only seen in this Kansas City parade.
It was carried by some Civil War reenactors and it was plastered on an old car.
Just as I could say, “What the?” it passed by me.
I came home and did some research. Who were these people marching in the St. Patrick’s Day parade? Turns out they are from the Thomas J. Key Camp, also known as the Kansas Sons of the Confederate Veterans.
Now, I did some interesting research about the role the Irish had in the Civil War. A little interesting trivia - there were 150,000 who fought for the Union and 40,000 fought for the Confederacy.
I don’t know if the KSSCV (I’ll abbreviate from now on) was attempting to show how instrumental the Irish were in the Civil War by marching in the parade. One thing I do know is nothing draws an emotional reaction quite as much as marching with a Confederate flag.
A little more about the Sons of Confederate Veterans from their website:
“The citizen-soldiers who fought for the Confederacy personified the best qualities of America. The preservation of liberty and freedom was the motivating factor in the South’s decision to fight the Second American Revolution. The tenacity with which Confederate soldiers fought underscored their belief in the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. These attributes are the underpinning of our democratic society and represent the foundation on which this nation was built.”
2nd revolution? Best qualities?
A little bit about KSSCV’s popularity from previous parades.
“I believe this year we received more applause than in any of the previous nine times we have been in the parade and more good comments yelled at us.”
I can only imagine what has been “yelled” at them.
The members love the Confederate flag. There isn’t a southern capitol they don’t want to drape the flag over. Another thing they love…secession. Then and now it turns out.
A link on their website says “Be Patriotic, Become a Secessionist“. If you want to read this gem go for it, but in an effort to keep you awake, I’ll highlight the most interesting part.
“The America “union” ceased being a union of the people of the free and independent states in 1865. Today the “union” simply means the political plundering class in Washington, D.C., with all off its welfare/warfare state parasites, lobbyists, and propagandists in the media and academe. That is what one would be leaving behind by seceding. So be patriotic and become a secessionist.”
Welfare recipients are parasites? KSSCV – I’ve been reading a lot of stuff saying you are working hard to try not to appear racist – mostly from the Southern Poverty Law Center regarding your national chapter. You can say it isn’t racist, maybe more of an economic argument if you like,however, calling anyone a “parasite” is pretty terrible. I think this scores one for you in either the racist/elitist category. I’ll let you choose.
I do have outstanding issues with the organizers the Brookside St. Patrick’s Day parade. Come on guys. What were you thinking? I’m sure there are more people willing to color their hair green and hand out candy to kids. Do your homework a little better.
Next time the parade should stick to things they do best - celebrating Irish heritage, enjoying festive music and having a lot of family fun. Keep the Confederate flags out of St. Patrick’s Day parades.