The murders of 9 people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina by Confederate Flag-loving racist Dylann Roof on June 17, 2015 has resulted renewed arguments about the propriety of the Confederate Flag on government buildings.
The Confederate Flag, also called the Southern Cross, the Dixie Flag and the Rebel Flag, was actually a battle flag of General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia during the U. S. Civil War. After the Civil War, the Confederate Flag was rarely seen in an official capacity until Strom Thurmond adopted it for his Dixiecrat Party in 1948 and more widely in the early 1960’s in reaction to desegregation in the South.
For some, the Confederate Flag has come to represent pride in Southern heritage for some; however, for others, that same flag represents human slavery, the South’s treason by seceding from the Union and continuing racism. Dylann Roof’s proud display of the Confederate Flag in photos and his alleged statement that “…you’ve raped our women, and you are taking over the country … I have to do what I have to do,” prior to shooting one of his victims have not helped the Confederate Flag’s cause in America.
Now more than ever, the Confederate Flag is seen as a symbol of murderous racism. Consequently: the National Park Service stopped flying a form of the Confederate Flag over Fort Sumter; Virginia no longer allows the Confederate Flag on its license plates and Georgia is considering the same ban; South Carolina’s legislature has just voted for the removal of the Confederate Flag from its State House; and major retailers such as Amazon.com and Wal-Mart have stopped selling the Confederate Flag.
If the Confederate Flag’s opponents have their way, the Flag will be banned as an official symbol of anything modern and will be relegated to museums as an historic symbol.
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