Is this The Flag of Hate?
By: Mishka Parashar(Mrs. Schauer’s Class)
Reference: Junior Scholastic
The main idea of this article is: Should the Confederate flag be taken away? Some people think this flag is racist. Some people think it’s not. Inspiring years of protests, the confederate battle flag flew in front of the South Carolina State House until July 10th, 2015. Before a crowd of about 10,000 people, they ceremoniously lowered the flag of the Confederacy, folded it, and took it away. In the article, it stated, “Some of the attendance chanted, ‘U.S.A!’ in celebration.” but it also stated, “Others in the crowd weren’t so happy.” For them, the banner remains a symbol of pride and heritage. This is one of the reasons why this is has many times been debated about. In the text, it questioned, “Are symbols of Confederacy, like the flag, and memories to its heroes displays of Southern pride, or are they racist?
Different people from different groups have different feelings and opinions about this flag. Should the flag be taken down? Some people are on the affirmative side for this, but at the same time, others are on the negative side. A quote from the article is, “‘I didn’t think I’d live to see this,’” said James Johnson, who witnessed the event. For him, the flag represented slavery-the main cause of the civil war(1861-1865)-and the oppression of blacks like himself.” But it also stated, “Others in the crowd weren’t so happy. Robert Hines, who is white, stood quietly holding small confederate flags. “We had 22,000 South Carolinians die under the flag,” he told the reporter. For him and many others, the banner remains a symbol of pride and heritage.”
In my opinion, I think the flag should be taken down because this flag was many times used against blacks. To the African Americans, it represented slavery, which is what was the main cause of the civil war. Also, a 21 year-old white named Dylann Roof, who opened a fire at a service at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal(AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015. Some evidence from the text said, “Nine people were killed, all of them black. After roof was arrested, authorities discovered his website. Along with the racist rants against blacks, it showed Roof posing with symbols of the confederacy, including the flag.” It also stated in the text, “James Johnson , who grew up in North Charleston in the civil rights era , understood that meaning of the flag. When he was a boy, the Klu Klux Klan, a racist group that terrorized blacks, would march through town, always brandishing the confederate flag. ‘That’s how they showed that they disliked you.’ He tells JS. ‘There’s nothing good about the flag as far as black folks are concerned.’”
You’re probably wondering what is being done about this flag. In the article, it stated, “In the wake of the charleston shootings, some Southern states are rethinking their relationship to the confederate flag. Alabama quietly took down flags on its state capital grounds. Other states are making efforts to remove it from licence plates. Meanwhile, retailers such as Walmart have stopped selling items with the flag on them.” School names are also being examined. According to one count, 188 public schools in the U.S. are named for confederate flags. In another paragraph, it had said, “At one, J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church, Virginia, students have circulated a petition to rename the school., which honors a famed Confederate cavalry officer.” It had also said, “Afia Kwarteng, who recently graduated from Stuart, signed the petition. ‘As a black student, I didn’t like attending a school named after someone who was for enslaving and opposing my people,’ she says.” Those are some main reasons why they should take the flag down.