Should the Confederate Flag be removed/abolished?
I say no. The argument is that it represents racism and slavery. That is stupid. So does the American Flag.
Bod, you're right. The American Flag flew for a long time when slavery was not only legal, but was the reason so many people like Washington and Jefferson were able to grow their wealth as they did. Washington was worth $500 Million (in today's money) and Jefferson somewhere about $200 Million. Jefferson not only used slaves for labor, but bred and sold slaves.
Until the Civil Right Act 1964 - blacks were still almost slaves. They were free - but with very limited means.
Abolished, no. Removed from State sponsorship, yes.
"Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people." - Penn Jillette.
What most people consider to be the flag of the Confederacy is actually an adaptation of a battle flag used to differentiate between the "Stars and Bars" flag which, at a distance, could easily be confused with the "Stars and Stripes" of the Union.
The Confederate states DID secede, in part, over the right to own slaves but the overall reason for secession was more about States Rights as a whole than anything else.
too many babies crying about a flag.
it's a cool flag... keep it.
Walmart to stop selling Confederate flag merchandise - CNNPolitics.com
Hell, I didn't even know Walmart carried merch with the flag on it.
It is a symbol of racism and segregation. I would not oppose an individual having one or flying it. I do not support our federal or state governments flying that flag.
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