Originally created 07/24/99

Blasts NAACP boycott, flag stance

Well here we go again. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People wants the Confederate flag down from the capitol building in Columbia or else it will boycott (read blackmail) South Carolina. I also heard that the Southern Christian Leadership Conference has cancelled its convention in Charleston. The center that had the convention scheduled should sue for breech of contract but, alas, it will probably be too afraid because in wouldn't be "politically correct."

I'd be the first to admit slavery was, is and will always be bad. But white America did not instigate slavery. The slaves brought into this country were captured by other Africans and sold into slavery to both white and black slave brokers. One of the biggest slave owners in Charleston at the time of the War Between the States was a black man.

I keep hearing that the Confederate flag is a symbol of hate because it is flown by the Ku Klux Klan and hate groups, but I never hear anything about the American flag or the Christian flag that are also flown at the same time with the Confederate flag.

The symbols of the Confederacy should not be shunned. They represent a period of American history that happened and should never be forgotten. It was Winston Churchill who said, "A nation that forgets its past is doomed to repeat it."

I can't see why 12 percent of the population want, and apparently are getting, 100 percent of the control.

Walker B. McWee, Augusta


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