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Overdue dialogue

Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 9:00 am

It’s 2015 and politicians have finally gotten around to having a discussion about the Confederate flag after the murder of nine innocent African American churchgoers in South Carolina.

State lawmakers are scrambling to choose a side in the debate on the Confederate flag’s position— on or off the pole.

It is only now, 150 years after the Civil War­, that the Confederate flag has become a topic of debate because the alleged shooter had a photo of himself holding the rebel flag.

His hate was his motivation to destroy the lives of others, and now politicians are seizing the opportunity to ride the wave of sorrow straight to the polls in November.

Where was this conversation during the re-unification of America after the South lost the Civil War?

Why wasn’t this a topic of discussion when the Ku Klux Klan started raising the good ol’ stars and bars right along with their own?

Maybe the political climate wasn’t right. Maybe minorities didn’t feel like they had a voice? I don’t know the answer, but the outcome is still the same— the Confederate battle flag became a staple image for many in the South, for better or for worse.

For as much debate about the continued use of the Confederate flag, not many people seem to have been giving it the respect it’s assumed to have.

To read the entire story, see the July 2 edition of The Central Virginian.