During the riot at the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, January 6, several members of the crowd carried the flag of the Confederacy.
Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York filmed a short clip of herself explaining why carrying the Confederate flag into the Capitol was so chilling.
.@AOC: If any member of Congress so much as stutters to say that the Confederacy were traitors to the United States… https://t.co/plMIvtUKJo— Public Citizen (@Public Citizen) 1610554705.0
AOC followed up with a tweet reminding her colleagues in Congress the Confederate flag is a symbol of White supremacy.
To some of my colleagues who clearly need the reminder: the Confederacy were traitors to our democracy and white su… https://t.co/mWYeifHmYx— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1610556255.0
(No offense to ants 🐜)— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1610556423.0
That AOC even needed to point out the seriousness of this issue was disturbing to many online.
@AOC Yup. Just like that. https://t.co/rvw3KhVPOj— Dr. G. (@Dr. G.) 1610557452.0
@AOC The Confederacy were traitors. Their Constitution did little but enshrine slavery, the use of human beings as… https://t.co/ooNXVE484y— Julia Conaway Bondanella🇺🇸 (@Julia Conaway Bondanella🇺🇸) 1610556757.0
@AOC I really dont understand why "patriots" and "true americans" fly the confederate and Nazi flags It's as if th… https://t.co/3jyIhNE8LK— 🥫beans. (@🥫beans.) 1610556467.0
The Congresswoman earned gratitude for standing up to her colleague's misguided ideals.
@AOC I will say in the south, they are brainwashed into sympathizing with the confederacy in schools. I became my 4… https://t.co/HriKqgg7B5— Stefanie and Adam (@Stefanie and Adam) 1610556487.0
@AOC Thank you for saying everything you did last night so clearly and in no uncertain terms. I hope your colleague… https://t.co/tRdOVWAbCg— Christina Wilson (@Christina Wilson) 1610556366.0
@AOC @TheDemCoalition Yuh huh AOC give it to ‘em 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/CdfaqSeh5b— Dylan O'Brien (@Dylan O'Brien) 1610589023.0
The same Republican party which once fought tooth-and-nail against the Confederacy now seems intent upon glorifying it.
@AOC @jvdely Party of Lincoln ... using the Confederate battle flag. This would not work as fiction and would be s… https://t.co/GMMBgDzWIc— David Hayes (@David Hayes) 1610574396.0
@AOC And there waving the wrong flag anyway. This is the real confederate flag. https://t.co/KDBC5kfW75— Barack Obama burner➐ (@Barack Obama burner➐) 1610556506.0
Many countries manage to remember the darker passages of their histories without honoring the villains.
@AOC Have you considered proposing a bill banning the public display of symbols of the confederacy? No flags, stat… https://t.co/GPMnIAUVGL— #RONDACTED (@#RONDACTED) 1610557637.0
@AOC It’s really that simple. Anyone saying otherwise is lying. You don’t see Nazi symbolism in Germany for a reason.— Craig G (@Craig G) 1610556831.0
@AOC https://t.co/EdOfTtBgbd— robbiese7en (@robbiese7en) 1610556338.0
Americans must be wary of forgetting historical context, lest they risk repeating the follies of the past.
@AOC YES. I can’t remotely fathom the rage and disgust that you and your colleagues — your true colleagues, your al… https://t.co/Y1UK45bs66— Benjamin Crawford Haag (@Benjamin Crawford Haag) 1610573254.0
AOC pointed out—and many people concurred—the Confederate flag has no place at the U.S. Capitol. All true patriots should understand that.