Originally created 01/06/01

Flag symbol must unite Georgians

Georgia had flown five different flags before adding the Confederate War emblem, none of which had any emblems honoring Confederate heritage.

John Sammons Bell sponsored the resolution to insert the battle flag emblem into the state flag at the Association's 1955 convention -- the year following the Supreme Court's decision to outlaw segregation in the schools.

The Ku Klux Klan used this same emblem to terrorize blacks in the 1950s and '60s. Regardless of the intent, why would our legislators use the same emblem that was used to dishonor one person to honor another? The state flag of Georgia should be a flag of which all Georgians should be proud.

Black and white, slaves and slave owners helped build this great state. When I see the America flag, I am reminded of a great country of which I am proud to be a citizen.

When I see the Georgia flag, I am reminded of the pain and suffering everyone, black and white, endured during the civil rights movement. We all had ancestors that shed blood, sweat and tears to build this state. It should honor every citizen in this state.

The swastika emblem was used by ancient civilizations as a symbol of fertility and good fortune. Hitler adopted that same emblem as a symbol of the Nazi movement.

Some groups say the swastika is a symbol of their heritage. We all know the pain this symbol represents to others. We must all come together as one. Not black or white, but citizens of this great state of Georgia.

George Tate, Augusta


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