Re: "Eliminating symbols won't eliminate hate" (letter, 6-27).
While I agree with the writer's basic point that removing a symbol will not remove hatred, his comparison of the Confederate battle flag to the American flag and the Christian crucifix is off the mark.
The United States was not formed for the primary purpose of killing enemy civilians during war or anything else that some may consider an atrocity. The Christian faith was not created for the primary purpose of conducting the Crusades and torturing non-Christians.
Conversely, historical evidence shows without a doubt that the Confederacy's primary purpose was to preserve and protect slavery and thus its economic way of life' had there been no slavery there would have been no Confederacy.
Confederate flags are absolutely a symbol of the repression of basic human rights, nothing more or less.