Charleston Tragedy Reignites Flag Debate

The tragic shooting in Charleston has already reignited the debate over the Confederate Flag.  I find it hard to believe that in 2015 – 150 years after the Civil War, some are still fighting to keep this flag flying over state capitols and other government building.  The flag today clearly stands for slavery and oppression to most Americans of all colors.  The flag- quite unjustly- has also become a symbol for various hate groups like the KKK and other white supremacists.

Proponents of the flag will tell us there were many reasons for the war and many ancestors died serving their country.  While this is true, does that justify its place at the state capitol flying over us?  The flag belongs in a museum and the display should include a narrative explaining its meaning – both the positive and negatives.

So what do you think?  Should the flag continue to fly?  Do you think it serves as a symbol for racist terrorists, like the shooter in Charleston, and somehow justifies and even incites the violence?


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