I disagree with that portion of letter writer Charles Clark’s article that stated the Confederate flag is not a flag of racial disparity, and should be respected and allowed in our society.
How can a true patriot of this country consider the Confederate flag a banner to be respected and flown over governmental properties when it is the symbol of those who tried to destroy our country by seceding from the union, thus causing the Civil War?
Clark said thousands of Americans lived and died under the Confederate flag and that the flag, monuments and other items are part of our history. To that I say those who died to protect the institution of slavery were foolish to surrender their lives when the majority of them couldn’t afford even one slave.
Do those who revere the Confederate flag as part of their heritage realize this flag also symbolizes another race’s misery, that of the black man, who was imprisoned on a plantation from birth to death; who was forced to work from sunup to sundown; whose children were sold in auctions, never to be seen again? After slavery, lynching, burning and other evil acts were —and still are — committed under this flag.
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Confederate flags belong in museums as historical artifacts and not as banners of which to pledge allegiance, nor as banners to fly over governmental properties, because it represents the same ideals of the Nazi’s: White supremacy, hatred and oppression.