A short time ago I wrote a blog concerning the removal of the Confederate Flag from history. In that blog I wondered out loud where all of this upheaval over the original symbol of the Confederacy would end up. Well I have to say, it isn’t good and it doesn’t appear to be over yet.
The South Carolina legislature voted to remove the flag from the state house and the governor signed the bill. This morning in a ceremony at the capitol the flag was indeed removed. I don’t totally disagree with the removal of the flag from the state house but I am not sure I agree with the reasons why.
Nine folks died in a church and look at the things that are coming about because of it. The removal of the flag from the capitol; sales of the flag discontinued by major corporations; the consideration of the removal of confederate soldiers who are interred in public spaces, some even named after the interred; the removal of statues of Confederate officials and officers; TVLand removes the Dukes of Hazzard and the owner of the General Lee car used in that show vows to remove the Confederate Flag from the roof of the car and replace it with the Stars and Stripes.
Why now do we decide to make steps to right what we see as a failure of our history? Why didn’t we do something before now in the name of all those who died during the Civil Rights area? Are we doing the right thing?
The history of the United States of America is riddled with all kinds of bad experiences put upon folks to keep our way of life viable. Our nation has had a history that isn’t too pretty no matter which of the decades you look at. History is history. How do you tell about the battle of Gettysburg without the Confederate Battle Flag? Those at Gettysburg addressed the issue saying that the flag is part of their history and will remain. These folks are right.