In a segment he calls "Righteous Ratchet Wisdom," Charlamagne Tha God gave the U.S. a history lesson on racism.
"I'm born and raised in South Carolina, was born in Charleston ... and I lived in Columbia for years," he starts in what ultimately becomes a "salute" to the congressional reps from his homestate who voted for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the statehouse in Columbia. "... In my whole life, I never thought the Confederate flag was anything but a symbol of hate."
He recalled seeing the flag on cars and in yards, growing up in the South. And while the celebrated 10-minute flag-removal ceremony (which some critics are calling too "heroic" for such an emblem) took place Friday (July 10), the debate continues among lawmakers who are deciding whether or not it should be flown at national ceremonies, and between, for example, Kid Rock and his protesters who are going back and forth about whether or not it should have a presence at his concerts. Rock says, "kiss my a**, ask me some questions."
Charlamagne has questions (not to Rock in particular, but perhaps the "99 Problems" guy will answer).
"William T Thompson creator of the Confederate flag in 1863, said, 'As a people, we are fighting to maintain the heaven-ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior, or colored race,'" Charlamagne pointed out, "and this flag that he designed would be the symbol of that cause. So when you say the flag represents heritage, do you mean white supremacy?"
The segment is part of his new program, Uncommon Sense, an eight-episode, half-hour comedy talk show airing Fridays at 11p.m. on MTV.
"Look people," he continued, "it's just some things you can't change historically no matter how hard you try... too much blood is on that flag to make it ever a good thing. Same way we as Black people keep trying to empower the n-word, even though historically it's a negative thing."
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