Man Removes Confederate Flag Off the Back of Truck During Traffic
Few things have sparked as much debate as the controversy over the Confederate flag, this controversy has been stirring for many years, it did not start last month, as many believe, it became a big deal first in 1962, more than 50 years ago. According to recent polls, 57% of Americans believe the flag stands for Southern pride, 33% believe it is a symbol of racism. Of course, race matters in opinions of what the flag means, and among whites, opinion varies by level of education.
In 1860, Abraham Lincoln became president, his intentions to end slavery resulted in South Carolina seceding from the US in December of 1860, ten states followed suit, and they became the Confederate States of America. In 1861 the first shots of the Civil War were fired, at Fort Sumter, South Carolina. The Civil War ended in 1865, and the famous General Robert E. Lee said to fold it up and put the Confederate flag away, “I think it wisest not to keep open the sores of war, but to follow the example of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife, and to commit to oblivion the feelings it engendered,” he wrote.
Eventually the flag we now know as the Confederate flag came back into use. Interestingly, this flag is based on the Navy Jack of 1863, and was never used by the CSA as a sovereign nation. After the Civil War, northerners bought many Southern flags as historical mementos, many Southerners had, in an act of patriotism to the CSA, turned their money into Confederate dollars, which were worthless after the war, and sold the flags for food and clothing.
The Confederate flag came back into the public eye during WWII, when Southern soldiers used it as an emblem. In 1961 the State House in South Carolina put it up to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Civil War, many saw it as an open rebellion against the Civil Rights movement, Northern political dominance, and integration. The Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups grabbed it as a symbol of their superiority.
State lawmakers today, July 6 2015, in South Carolina, passed a vote in the Senate by 37-3 to take down the Confederate flag, it will now go to the House. Wal-Mart and Amazon have decided to stop selling items with the Confederate flag.
Some people are concerned that the USA is trying to change history by taking down the flag, but a flag that stood for removal from the US should not be tolerated by a united government. Any flag flown by a government formed by “we the people,” should not symbolize hatred and oppression for any of those people. Keep the memories, learn from the past, but live in a country for today, and build for tomorrow. Maybe someday our past of hatred and segregation will truly be history.