My Take on the Confederate Flag Controversy

An older article wrote years ago that I published here since I believe the concept is still relevant.
It appears to me that there are 2 clear sides.  On the political left the flag itself is racist and anyone that flies it or possesses it is a bigot.  On the right, it’s a piece of American history and it should be flown so that we remember how far we have come as a country, and as a union.
My position is that a state government building should not be flying the flag of a nonexistent country; it just doesn’t make much sense to me.  As far as the flag as a piece of history I believe it is significant.  I do not believe that the civil war was fought ONLY over slavery and racism.  The civil war was fought because the southern states were far less well off than those in the north and felt disenfranchised when it came to manufacturing and technical innovation of the time.  The other issues (slavery included) were military protection of the south, states’ rights, and Lincolns election.

We are seeing a lot of businesses remove the confederate flag from anything and everything, wherever they find it.  Apple (cited below) is removing the flag from games involving the civil war.  I think this is a dangerous slippery slope.  This movement to strike the confederate flag from the record and label anyone who possesses it as a racist bigot is dangerous.  This same method of thinking could easily be applied to FDR; who put Japanese people into internment camps during World War II.  Does that mean that we should strike him and everything he has done from the record of the past too?  Does that mean that we stop selling anything with an image of FDR on it?  Of course not!

A person flying the confederate flag is not a bigot, a person flying the original flag of the United States (when slavery was legal) is not a bigot.  A flag does not identify the thoughts and beliefs that exist inside ones heart and mind.  This flag, like many others is a symbol of history, and history is not to be forgotten.  Look at the flag of the confederacy and be proud of how far the USA has come, and remember all of the other reasons for the southern states’ secession but never eliminate it from the record.

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