Imagine my consternation when I read that the mayor of Augusta ordered the removal of the "Stainless Banner" of the Confederacy from Riverwalk Augusta this past week. In an era where "diversity" is crammed down everyone's throats, those of us with ancestors who fought in that long-ago war are again being figuratively pushed to the back of the bus by none other than the NAACP, its lapdog minions in city government and the ultra-liberal local news media.
In his great haste to cater to his master's whims, Mayor Bob Young - and certainly not Dr. Charles Smith and commissioner Bobby Hankerson - did not think that quite possibly that flag and the marker that illustrates it could be construed as a monument, and thus would be protected by the monument protection clause in the state constitution, enacted just last year. All existing monuments to the Confederate States of America are protected by law from dismantling or removal.
These gentlemen must realize that the flag did not pose a problem to anyone until someone chose to make it a problem. The flag flew at that spot on Riverwalk for years, and added to the individuality that is Augusta, home of several prominent Civil War generals and the Confederate Powder Works.
At one time. Augusta celebrated its history, learned from its past, and planned for its future. Poet and philosopher George Santayana wrote, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
Augusta's problems run far deeper than the height of the flagpole that the deposed flag flew from. Augusta's city fathers have forsaken its past.
As for the South Carolina NAACP, the last time I checked a map, Augusta was in Georgia. Take your convention back to your own back yard. A river runs through ours.
Darryl C. Drake,
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