I am from the South and proud of it. The Confederate flag is a symbol of my heritage and I’m proud of that, too. I don’t know if my ancestors had slaves or not and I don’t really care; I’ve never had slaves and the thought is repugnant.
It’s too bad there were slaves in the U.S. and it’s too bad American drones are killing thousands of innocent civilians in foreign lands today. I have no control over either one and I feel absolutely no shame for what I can’t control.
The murder of the preacher in South Carolina by the deranged, racist killer defies description. But I don’t have the same demented beliefs and I feel no shame for what he did. The knee-jerk, politically correct bandwagon that everyone is jumping on is just that: a knee-jerking reaction for the sake of appearances. It’s sad that our legislators also jump on that same bandwagon.
The Confederate flag absolutely does not represent racism to me. It’s my heritage. The Confederate war is far, far in the distant past. Much more recently have been World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the current Afghanistan, Syria, etc., wars. Do we feel any shame associated with any of those wars? No.
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So, if my flag bothers you I’ve just got to say “man up. It’s my heritage.”