While by no means justifying the violent shooting that took place in a church in South Carolina, this video by CGP Grey explains the brief and tumultous history of the confederate flag we know today. And while there is talk of change over racial issues which has caused the removal of the Confederate flag from toys, schools, and public buildings, some argue it's just politics.
For many people in our state, the flag stands for traditions that are noble. Traditions of history, of heritage, and of ancestry.
Ah, the traditions of heritage. The legacy of inheritance. The folkways of culture.
For a single word, “heritage” does a lot of heavy lifting with the racist crowd, since “HERITAGE NOT HATE” has been a decades-long weasel explanation for venerating a flag carried by armies that kidnapped free blacks and burned their homes while waging war against the US government, which was carried by Klansmen who bombed churches and killed civil rights volunteers to prevent blacks from exercising the franchise, and most recently was carried about town for selfies by Dylann Roof before allegedly emptying five magazines of tradition into a number of pious, African American churchgoers.
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