Re: "S. Carolina governor changes mind, wants Confederate flag down" (TNT, 6-23).
I have no tolerance for racism or any other type of prejudice. The atrocity of slavery was an institution, throughout the nation, long before the Confederacy. The Confederacy formed as a result of many federal government intrusions that primarily Southerners felt adversely affected their lives, slavery being one of those issues.
The Confederate flag is a symbol of the movement of the separatist states, not racism.
Consider other symbols we hold dear, but have their own dark side.
• The flag of the United States of America. In 1945 we used that symbol when we dropped bombs killing more than 100,000 men, women and children in just three days, with tens of thousands more to die later. Yes, it ended a war but was an atrocity just the same.
• The cross/crucifix. During the Crusades, how many people were tortured and killed for not being Christian?
The point is, these symbols represent who we are and how we got here. You can't eliminate hate by banning a symbol. They are our history, good and bad, and our task is to learn and grow from them, not hide them.