Letters to the Editor, July 2
Take down the Confederate flag
To the editor:
I would like to thank the Times-Gazette for printing the column by Jason Stanford, "It's time for the south to finally surrender."
I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiments expressed in the article. It is long past time that we as a nation put the hatred and bitterness of the civil war behind us, and move toward acceptance of all races and creeds.
This should begin by removing the Confederate Battle Flag from public places like courthouses, etc. That flag is a symbol of divisiveness and racial hatred. Anyone who thinks that the civil war was not first and foremost a battle over slavery is deluding themselves. Every state that seceded from the union listed in their statements of secession abolition of slavery as the paramount grievance against the union.
Mr. Stanford is right, it is time to put the past behind us. When we glorify this painful, divisive period in our history, we are only perpetuating the racial hatred and prejudice that lead to lynchings and mass shootings.
Let us move forward to equality and acceptance of one another.
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