Musings on current events, books and random themes
Monday, July 13, 2015
Confederate Battle Flag and a way to national healing
"The indelibly tainted battle
flag came down in South Carolina, but in context, other Confederate
monuments can help teach history for all Americans....."
The following is from a very interesting article about the South, the Confederate battle flag and how to use this time as a way forward for compassion and connectedness:
"in the 1940's opponents of the emerging civil-rights movement raised the old banner for a new battle.
former Confederate states incorporated it into their state flags, and
militant white supremacist groups like the Ku Klux Klan began deploying
it as a symbol of resistance to integration and voting rights. The worst
proponents of white supremacy displayed that emblem while committing
unspeakable violence against African-Americans and white supporters of
civil rights. They still do: Witness Charleston. Symbols matter.
They say at a glimpse what words cannot, encapsulating beliefs and
aspirations, prejudices and fears. Having no intrinsic value, they take
meaning from the way we use them, changing over time along with our
For further exploration of a healing strategy for the nation in these matters and racial conflicts, see: