South Carolina should not have any flag flying over its Capitol other than the U.S. flag and the South Carolina flag. Any connotations associated with the Confederate flag are irrelevant, as on its face it should not be up there anyway.
The confederacy is pretty much the definition of the bad part of American history, there is nothing redeeming about them. They didn't want to be apart of America. They held slaves, and abused the freedoms they were given. Also, the battle flag was brought back during the civil rights era to by the former Confederate states to show they didn't want to integrate. After this flags bad past, anyone who thinks it's a symbol of pride is either ignorant, anti-american, or racist.
Those that want to rewrite history need that flag gone, so history can be repeated.
It has become a symbol of rasism
Hasn't it already?
The flag in front of the capital was put up in 1961 about the time black people started to want rights and protest, so South Carolina put to try and "Put them in their place". About the Confederate flag in general well the whole Confederacy was founded on "The Negro is not equal to the white man"
No. Please stop. This is the *counts* sixth poll about this. The Confederate flag is about a breakaway faction, not racism. Considering blacks kill more of each other than whites ever have, gang symbols would be more racist than this, but I see graffiti by public buildings all the time. *whining about how graffiti is illegal from the peanut gallery* And if the Federal government steps in to shut down that Confederate flag, which is on the state flags of a couple States? Something's a little fishy. We will rise again.
As much as people see this as a flag of hate it is actually a flag of pride for many southerners that have roots in the South. This flag represents the unification of the southern states in a dire and hectic time and contrary to popular belief doesn't represent hate or slavery as a MAJORITY of southern farms didn't even own slaves. By removing this flag you effectively are erasing history and to suggest that, oh its just a bunch of bigots fighting over their property is an extremely ignorant stance. Southerners fought for the preservation of their farming lifestyle which they saw at risk when the southern states were in the Union. It may not be important to you but, for those whom have ancestors it represents an important time period that shouldn't be wiped out.
Lincoln and Grant were slave owners, Lee wasn't. The current American flag is the one that I see that represents oppression. 9/10 Union troops were slave owners and it is the American flag that the kkk held high up until at least the 1950's. The confederate flag is a symbol of heritage and is flown to honor all of the confederate soldiers who fought and died to stand up for freedom and try to keep our country from the mess it has become today. The confederate flag should stay where it is and more should be added to every street corner in this country. Our nation would be a much better place if the confederate flag was adopted as our national flag!
Would you like to really tick off those true White Supremacy racists? Stop talking about it, ignore it, get on with life and pay it no mind. With everyone crying racism, we forget the basics of symbols...they only have the power and meaning we give to them. Seriously, think about it: The Swastika was used for no less than 5,000 years prior to Adolf Hitler. In fact, it is still used today in religions like Hinduism and Buddhism; go to India and you will see it EVERYWHERE. It originally meant "Good Fortune" and represents the movement of the sun. The morons in Nazi Germany just ignorantly and narcissistically thought it was a religious relic of their ancestors. The only reason it carries such a negative connotation and disgusts people so much is because we let it. So, bottom line...things only represent what we want them to represent and what we allow the symbol to represent. What if, in popular American Culture, we started referring to the Confederate Flag as the symbol of weak, childish, and insecure eunuchs? Or better yet, what if Black Americans and, even better, Africans, all took possession of the flag and started using it as a "Black Power" flag? How ABSOLUTELY TICKED OFF would White Supremacists be? Would that not end this entire discussion? HEY, then Black Americans would have their very own flag that so many places and businesses refuse to give up. Just a thought there guys...hope you like it. :)
1% of slave owners started the Civil war? Really. This flag represents the southern states refusal to join the union, and fought for our Constitutional rights as man and as states to govern themselves. Whether the federal government likes that or not. Our founding fathers fought for those rights and the union tried to take them. It is a reminder to the federal government not to become corrupt. We will not let our rights be infringed upon. FLY IT HIGH!!!
Ironic how most of the racism ignorant remarks are from the other side.
always throwing slavery in every white persons face everyday and being forced to live it over and over every february is the cause to another civil war i support my heritage and that flag my kids will be raised the same
No keep it just to remember the Confederate states of America and the Civil war
The Confederate flag is a symbol of Southern Pride. We remember all of the soldiers that die, right? Well so many Confederate soldiers died during the Civil War. So, we can just brush all of their names and their legacies out of history. As long as we're all politically correct, right guys?
It's a sign of southern heritage and history.