The flag itself bearing the red background was a symbol of Christianity as this derived from the Presbyterian Scottish Church, that’s why when you hear the name ‘Redneck’, this derived from Scottish covenants of the Presbyterian Church. Many people misunderstand the names like ‘Redneck’, ‘Hillbillie’ or ‘Cracker’, and it ties into the misunderstanding of even the symbolism of the Confederate battle flag. Take the word ‘Cracker’ for example; due to its misinterpretation, people have warped its definition to meaning the crack of a whip, like as if this had something to do with slavery or the colour of one’s skin. This is completely inaccurate, the word ‘Cracker’ derived from an ancient Gaelic word ‘Craic’ meaning talk, yet people are running about using the word thinking it has something to do with the colour of one’s skin or slavery. Then there is ‘Hillbillie’, why would it not surprise me if German, or other ethnicities in the United States who are farmers would get called ‘Hillbillies’? The fact is, it would be wrong to do so, because the word Hillbillie were Scots Ulster loyalists who were loyalists to King Billy, Prince William of Orange III, the Dutch King; they were Presbyterian Scots.
So when you look at the Confederate flag with the coloured red background, it’s a symbol from the Presbyterian Scottish church and most importantly the Saltire cross of St. Andrew deriving from Scotland’s National flag. So when Southerner’s look at that flag, they don’t think about slavery, they think about Scotland, a nation that was once the world leaders of medicine and education; a country that was proudly so influential it transformed a backwards thinking world to a forwards thinking world that changed mankind dramatically. Of course, the other settlers as well who aren’t of Scottish heritage, they share the pride in the South because it is the origin. You ask them where they are from, they don’t tell you they are from the United States, they will tell you defiantly and proudly “I’m from the South”, they’ll even go as far as to tell you the ‘state’ they are from such as “Am from Jackson, Alabama” and too often people ask Southerners “why does it matter?” I can tell you first hand as a Scotsman born and bred in SCOTLAND, not only do these people have our dialect today, they look identical to many people in my own country, they deep fry their food like us, they have the same music and most importantly they have that same pride.
I feel connected to them and I love them as my own people, not only because of their love for Scotland and their heritage but for me standing and staying true to Scotland and THAT is what the Confederate battle flag means to me and to all of those Southerners who proudly fly that flag.
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