But the policy choice is whether a flag with an easily documented racist past that IS a symbol of that racist past to a significant share of the population (racist whites and those who oppose those same racists) and a large majority of blacks in your state should fly on the grounds of the State Capitol. The racist murderer adopted that flag, and so do a number of racist organizations. There's a reason and that reason is it IS a symbol of racism and state sponsored white supremacy, which is what these racist dirtbags want to return to. It's no accident, for example, that the white owner of the barbq restaurants and who was an outspoken supporter of racial segregation and opposed civil rights for blacks flew a Confederate flag over his restaurants until he died.
One, slavery was an indirect cause of the war. The south was fighting for states rights, not slavery. They were fighting for their way of life, hundreds of years of doing one way, then the north comes along and says no, you have to do it this way, and no we will no compensate you.
Sumpter was far from "defenseless" and the North, through Abraham Lincoln, another over rated president, was gearing up for a war whether the south wanted it or not. Like all wars, the primary ingredient was greed.
But you know, other countries have had civil wars, uprisings, even Canada had the Upper Canada Rebellion in 1837. The difference is other countries get over them.
"Small people talk about people, average people talk about events, great people talk about ideas" Eleanor Roosevelt
What Im not fine with is outsiders TELLING them what it means and what they need to do. I just posted several links to black southerners who wave that flag, and others who fought for it. Enough of this orwellian PC garbage-it means different things to different people and if some don't like it they can go pound sand.
now add in slavery,taking that away from the southernors would have made the south then like detroit now.add in the fact none of these things harmed the north in any way but the north recieved all the benefits,while the south paid all the cost.
and even something few people think of,the north wanted cotton prices in the south to rise,while putting tariffs on it to keep countries like britain from getting cheap cotton,so northern textile mills could corner the market on clothing,instead o the south selling cheap cotton to countries like england who were direct competitors to northern textile factories.
“[Friendship is like peeing on yourself: everyone can see it, but only you get the warm feeling that it brings.] ROBERT BLOCH .”
The Declaration of Causes of Seceding States
Mississippi: "Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery-- the greatest material interest of the world."
Texas: "We hold as undeniable truths that the governments of the various States, and of the confederacy itself, were established exclusively by the white race, for themselves and their posterity; that the African race had no agency in their establishment; that they were rightfully held and regarded as an inferior and dependent race, and in that condition only could their existence in this country be rendered beneficial or tolerable.
That in this free government *all white men are and of right ought to be entitled to equal civil and political rights* [emphasis in the original]; that the servitude of the African race, as existing in these States, is mutually beneficial to both bond and free, and is abundantly authorized and justified by the experience of mankind, and the revealed will of the Almighty Creator, as recognized by all Christian nations; while the destruction of the existing relations between the two races, as advocated by our sectional enemies, would bring inevitable calamities upon both and desolation upon the fifteen slave-holding states."