“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”
― Stephen R. Covey
The confederate flag stands for an economic and social system entirely dependent on slave labor. For taking a juxtaposed view of our founding documents.. That they only apply to some.
i don't live in SC, so i didn't vote in the poll. what they want to do is up to them.
as for the flag itself, i'll say this : some might say it's remembering their heritage; others would argue that it's a symbol of fighting for states' rights against an oppressive federal government. i'm not arguing that it isn't both of these things to some degree. however, the symbol has been coopted and basically ruined by racist assholes. when i see a Confederate flag on a truck or on the front porch of a house, i know with 95+ percent certainty exactly what it means and why it's there. so does any black American who sees it. these aren't history buffs; they are racists, and the message is that they don't like racial minorities. there's very little chance that this particular symbol will be looked at by most people as anything other than an expression of racism. that's how i see the situation. as for states that want to argue that it means something else, if they want to leave it up, i'm not going to climb the statehouse and pull it down.
"Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people." - Penn Jillette.