Posted on June 25, 2015
The Confederate Flag is better left in the past
If you look near the bottom-right of this page in the dark block, you will see where I have referenced the evil that is racism. I really do believe that “to neglect, hinder, or hate someone because of their skin color is a perverse ideology born of depraved men from a darker age.” Well, the Confederacy was part of that darker age, and its Confederate Flag is still flying during these dark days.
Well the Bible says what is done in the dark will come to light, and as Americans try to work out the ugly realization about unjust treatment and killings of black Americans by police officers, now we are forced into facing the heinous acts of Dylann Roof who wantonly murdered nine African-Americans at a Charleston, South Carolina church…simply because they were black. And like many white supremacists and racists, Roof was obviously enamored with the Confederate flag as can be seen in several images circulating across the Internet. Like other racists, Roof associates the Confederate flag with being a worthy white American who essentially champions exploitation, discrimination and segregation of other Americans based upon race.
It is a shame that some Americans want to hang their crosses on a flag that is the icon for a country that was (and still is) divided among cultural, economic, and, yes, racial lines. The time for the Confederate flag upon government buildings in America should have died with the defeat of the Confederacy back in the 1860s. That was the time for the Confederate flag to fly. But when the American flag, as well as the principles upon which it stands, was hoisted in victory at the end of the American Civil War, it is the American flag—Old Glory–that truly righteous and right-minded American lawmakers should have prioritized and revered as an icon for the United States.
The Confederate flag has its place, just like other symbols of yesteryear in America. But the Confederate flag should not be revered because there is too much pain and division woven into its fabric. Sure, the pain should never be forgotten, and that’s why we have books, museums and memorials, but the division need not be exalted. Unfortunately the two can never—and should never—be separated, just like America should still not be separated along racial and socioeconomic lines in the modern world.
American lawmakers, wherever you are, need to lay the debate about the Confederate flag to rest. Let the pain and division rest. Finally place the flag of the Confederacy in its appropriate place: museums and history books. America’s leaders, and others, need to weave and exalt a more noble American fabric that is unquestionably inclusive of all of its people.