I love the South. I was born there, and I hope to die there. But, I can understand why some folks–black and white–feel that flying the Confederate flag is a poke in the eye.
Some see it as a symbol of pride. Others a symbol of racism and hate. It’s neither an issue of pride nor prejudice; it’s an issue of loyalty.
Taking down the flag isn’t a “cure” for racism, but it’s a start.
The flag flew at full-staff over the statehouse in South Carolina while both the U.S. and South Carolina state flag flew at half-staff.
Those flags were lowered to honor nine innocent blacks who were murdered in the Charleston church shooting.
The Confederate Flag flying at full staff was no mistake.
It’s the law. In South Carolina.
The Confederate flag is protected by the 2000 (yes, that’s the year) South Carolina Heritage Act and can’t be changed in anyway–including lowering it out of respect for the dead– without permission from the General Assembly.
Not even the governor has the authority to bring that flag down.
And, that’s the law she cited to explain its brazen presence during the nine-day mourning.
The flag is protected by “appropriate decorative iron fences,” to keep it “secure.”
And it’s not held by a pulley so it can’t EVEN BE LOWERED, ONLY REMOVED.
It’s padlocked into place.
I’m loyal to this country and support the concept of one nation.
The Confederate flag is a rebel flag, a symbol of divisiveness, oppression and an act of aggression against this country.
It directs loyalty and devotion to the Confederate South above loyalty to the United States.
According to a statement on the Confederate American Pride website, the site was created for people who define themselves as being, firstly, Confederates and secondly as Americans. (It really says that.)
We live in the United States of America not the Confederate States of America.
Letting that flag fly on government property rubber stamps betrayal of the United States and disrespect for authority.
May not sound like a big deal, but look at race relations in our nation almost 150 years after the firing of the last bullet in the Civil War.
People should be able to honor their heritage and their ancestors in anyway they choose privately. Hang the flag on your house, in your back yard. Put it on your roof. It doesn’t belong on government property.
Race relations in this country have come a long way. But we still have a ways to go.
Removal could begin to erode loyalties old diehards nurse to the Confederacy and allow for common ground so we can come together and search for a solution.
If the Assembly had chosen to respectfully remove the flag while the others flew at half-staff, do you think this debate would be so hot and heavy at this time?
There’s a provision in the law for the flag’s removal: “maintenance and repair of the monument.”
So the flag could’ve easily come down during the period of mourning.
In solidarity: One nation, under God.
Because with this latest firestorm, . . . the Confederate flag might be fixin’ to come down for good.