South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, reversing an earlier stance, has called for removing the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds, after a white suspect shot and killed nine people in a historic black church in that state last week. Here’s a quote from her announcement on Monday:
“For many people in our state, the flag stands for traditions that are noble. Traditions of history, of heritage, and of ancestry,” Haley, a Republican, said. “At the same time, for many others in South Carolina, the flag is a deeply offensive symbol of a brutally oppressive past.”
And then, over in Mississippi (here’s THEIR flag:)
House Speaker Philip Gunn said that, as a Christian, he knows the flag is offensive to some, and his state should remove the battle flag from their state flag. The state has been through something similar before, with a football team mascot. Read more on that here.
The Confederate flags (all of them) are symbols of hate and it’s time to stop this nonsense. For more on that, read The Tattooed Professor, a Civil War historian (and thanks, Glenda, for the link).
Removing the flag is both good and righteous, but that’s just a start. The Confederate flag is a symbol of a racist system that still exists. So we lower the flag for once and for all as a symbol of that racist system. And then we fix the system, correct? One symbolic step cannot by the extent of our actions.