"I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance." William Faulkner
For that matter...wasnt every British subject a 'traitor' when they rebelled against the crown to form the United States?
You are slanted by your own hatred and bigotry.
I have lived in the South my whole life and I long ago accepted our racist past.IF the people of South Carolina decide that it is time to retire the flag from the flagpole, let it be because it is their choice...not because of some projected hatred and shaming. Not every southerner is racist. Not even a majority of southerners are racist. Many take pride in their ancestry and heritage...a heritage that for MOST of them had nothing to do with slavery and racism.
You can say with a straight face that for most of us our heritage had nothing to do with slavery. I think it's a bit disingenuous because the entire economy was built on the back of slavery - without slavery, there is an entirely different 'south' until technology no longer made slavery necessary to sustain the economy. But it's true enough the vast majority were hard working, very poor, whites who at least didn't benefit directly from slavery.
But what you simply cannot say is our heritage had nothing to do with racism. A clear and persistent majority of whites all across the South elected and reelected openly and defiantly racist leaders who imposed what was a deliberate and continuous, century long, second class status for their fellow black residents. Their actions, rich and poor alike, over decades indicated their support for such a regime.
Finally, I'm not defined by it. I've made peace with it and am thankful that for the overwhelming majority of the South, we've moved beyond that era and that mindset. And that's exactly why I would support removing a remnant and symbol of that racist era from anywhere near the State Capitol.
And I clearly said that's not who I identify with at all, and that the "overwhelming majority of the South" has "moved beyond that era and that mindset." You're apparently arguing against what you think a liberal might say and ignoring what I've actually typed.
This "issue" is the whole problem.
Keep it, move it, remove it.....what difference does it make? It's an inanimate object, and what you do with it won't change anything.
It won't make racists stop being racist. It won't re-establish the black family in the community. It won't suddenly make the overwhelming percentage of black fathers give a crap about their kids. It won't make deranged psychopaths stop killing people. It won't substantively do anything.
But it's a lot easier to take down a flag than look in the mirror and say the hard things that need to be said, and do the hard things that need to be done.