Recently, Walmart, Sears, and other companies announced that they would no longer be selling Confederate flag merchandise. This follows the shooting at a historically black church in South Carolina this month. The attacker, Dylann Roof, a white supremest, killed nine people in the shooting. Pictures of him have been shown on the internet posing with a Confederate flag.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, South Carolina governor, Nikki Haley, called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the state capitol. This action has spread across the nation, prompting large corporations to take a stand against the flag and all that it stands for.
Displaying the flag today is a bit hypocritical. In my mind it is equitable to displaying a swastika. It shows an extreme disregard for human life and the fight that many have had to endure for their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
The Civil War and the Civil Rights movement are both important parts of our nation’s history. Events that should be remembered in their entirety, maybe even celebrated for the reforms that they brought to our nation. Some may argue that using the Confederate Flag in decoration or on clothing is a way of remembering our country’s history.
My response is this: Some history is meant to stay in a museum.
Not because we should hide the ugly parts of our history, but because William Porcher Miles, the man who designed the flag, called slavery a “divine institution.”
Because the flag made it’s reappearance during the Civil Rights movement, to be used by those who still supported segregation.
Because it is a flag commonly associated with the Klu Klux Klan.
Because people have died for over 150 years fighting against what it stands for, from the Civil War to today.
Because life is beautiful, and a symbol that stands for its degradation should not be displayed.
Now the question remains: what stance will you take?