At a recent town hall meeting, (AR-R) U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, took a question from a Mexican-American constituent on immigration reform.
He first gave the typical Republican offering on the issue and it appeared to end there. But Womack’s disdain for Yardley Leonard’s t-shirt of the Mexican flag took him off-script:
“It does strike me as a bit odd that I would get a question as to why we shouldn’t just automatically make it legal for people who didn’t come here in a legal circumstance, with a flag of another country hanging around his neck.”
He went on to offer “friendly advice,” delighting his extremely white audience:
“If you want to win friends and influence people on the issues that you are talking about, I would suggest a little different approach in terms of my attire when I’m appealing to an audience like this.”
I wonder if an audience like that would also have a problem with this guy:
That’s Loy Mauch, a former Arkansas state Representative that Steve Womack endorsed and to whom he financially contributed in 2012. Mauch proudly flies the confederate flag, calling it a “symbol of Christian liberty…” Mauch has also pondered, “If slavery were so God-awful, why didn’t Jesus or Paul condemn it…” What would Womack and his audience’s response be to that?
Usually when the typical conservative, “white” American has a problem with the Mexican flag being displayed in our country, you can usually catch them on their hypocrisy when you bring up Irish or Italian flags. Their brains are wired Eurocentrically in the sense that they don’t automatically see those flags as foreign and “disrespectful” as they do others. They might even concede the point. But with Womack and the confederate flag it’s not so much hypocrisy as it is a particular pattern, that, if followed like a worn path, can lead to a cold, shadowy place carved into the souls of too many people that time seemingly forgot.
I have some “friendly advice.” If you have a problem with one flag that doesn’t represent the United States of America, then have a problem with all of them, especially the one that symbolizes the failed attempt to destroy America for reasons decent humans should be ashamed of today.