Originally created 03/14/03

State flag has never represented racism

A lot of people are talking about things that they know nothing about, and they don't care if they are right or wrong. One wrote, "I cannot stand the thought of my ancestors coming over here on a slave ship, under that hated flag." Well, she didn't have to worry. That "hated flag" never flew over any slave ship. As a matter of fact, it never flew over any state capital during slavery. It was never the flag of the Confederacy, and it was never the Stars and Bars. That is a different flag and was the first flag of the Confederacy.

The Confederate battle flag was not created to represent slavery or racism. The flag was created after the second battle of Manassas (Bull Run) because in the heat of battle, through the dust and smoke, the Stars and Bars looked too much like the Stars and Stripes and it was reported that there was "friendly fire," so there was a need for a flag to distinguish the Southern troops from the Northern troops.

While designing the flag, Gen. Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard incorporated the Cross of St. Andrew, because it represented "freedom from oppression." The flag still represents freedom from oppression and the South. What it was created for is what it will always represent. However, in some people's twisted minds, they can make it represent anything if it furthers their cause. Some could care less as long as the money keeps coming in.

Why does the Ku Klux Klan use this flag? I have no idea, but it does not change what this flag represents. If you really think about it, black Americans should endorse this flag, as it represents freedom from oppression. I have yet to find anyone who can tell me when this flag started representing slavery and racism. They can't, because it never has and never will.

Jesse Myers, Millen, Ga.


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