I'm not for banning the flag because I strongly believe in free speech, but I do not support the government keeping a symbol of slavery above a state that is largely black. The flag is used as a symbol of racism and white supremacy.
On private property or on your person do whatever you want. But this is a government building. The US government is meant to represent all citizens equally and give them equal protection under the law. How can we expect people to look up at that flag and feel as if they are going to be equally represented. it creates a marginalizing and excluding atmosphere. They may even feel less welcome to participate in government positions. And hiw can we expect a givernment who promotes that culture to be fair and representative? Take it down.
Imagine the Nazi flag flying above the SC capitol building. It's known as a symbol of war and racism, as is the Confederate flag. Whether the Confederate flag offends you is irrelevant to whether it should be up there, because it is offensive to many and does not represent the current United States. Thus, it should be taken down.
Germany doesn't sill fly the nazi flag, we shouldn't be flying this either. Put it in a museum.
Though I personally don't have a problem with the confederate battle flag, in this situation it was becoming a bit inappropriate.
Southern states were seceding because they feared the North would take away their ability to enslave black people. Don't believe me, just read South Carolina's justification when it became the first state to secede after Abraham Lincoln's election: "A geographical line has been drawn across the Union, and all the States north of that line have united in the election of a man to the high office of President of the United States, whose opinions and purposes are hostile to slavery. He is to be entrusted with the administration of the common Government, because he has declared that that "Government cannot endure permanently half slave, half free," and that the public mind must rest in the belief that slavery is in the course of ultimate extinction. This sectional combination for the submersion of the Constitution, has been aided in some of the States by elevating to citizenship, persons who, by the supreme law of the land, are incapable of becoming citizens; and their votes have been used to inaugurate a new policy, hostile to the South, and destructive of its beliefs and safety." There's no mincing words in this statement. South Carolina specifically stated that it saw any attempts to abolish slavery and grant rights to black Americans as "hostile to the South" and "destructive of its beliefs and safety." So, some people may feel they are simply honoring the dead of the Civil War by flying the Confederate flag, but history suggests blatantly racist connotations.
there's a reason the first amendment is first
YOU WANT TO SEE RACISM. LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THE GOVERNMENT MANDATED AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. THEY MADE ALL OF US SECOND CLASS CITIZENS JUST BECAUSE WE ARE WHITE. THEY LOVE NELSON MANDELA, WAIT UNTIL THE CHOSEN ONES START TAKING YOUR PROPERTY AND SENDING YOU CHRISTIANS TO THEIR PREPARED NEW FAMILY RECONDITIONING CENTERS
It does not represent slavery, or we will have to take the U.S. flag to, because U.S> did support slavery. It was independe,ce
The flag represent slavery? 1% were owners, you think the rest fought for them. It is a reminder of our constitutional right. Everything the founding fathers fought for. Confederate soldier rebelled against the union bc their rights as people and the rights of their state were infringed upon. We have that right whether the federal government likes it or not. We will not let the federal government infringe on our rights. FLY IT HIGH!!!