Let's not forget the Confederate States of America ATTACKED the United
States of America, ultimately resulting in the death of about 700,000 people.
As Howard Beal said, the Confederate flag represents treason and rebellion
against the U.S. Nobody in their right mind would justify flying the
Nazi swastika flag as a way of remembering German heritage. Same goes for the
Confederate flag. Put it in museums.
It's a flag of rebellion, technically treason. For many it represented
state rights but the most important state right to be protected was Slavery. The
stars and bars on the South Carolina flag didn't fly on the top of capitol,
then somewhat recently moved to another location on the capitol grounds, until
1961 when South Carolina (state government), completely controlled by Whites,
put it up there as a way to basically tell Eisenhower/JFK and the federal
government where to go with all this Civil Rights legislation.Bottom
line, it needs to come down. Again, put it in a museum. The stars
and bars needs to have a place in our American history but it shouldn't be
flying on government grounds.Finally, there has been talk of pulling
down statues and such of Confederate generals and such. This goes too far.
Though he fought for Old Virginia and the Confederacy, there is hardly a finer
American than Robert E. Lee. Do some research on how he handled final defeat
and what he did to help bind the wounds, you will be amazed. Lee was more
important in defeat than victory.