I agree with Lee Kirkwood (“Battle flag patriotic,” Letters, July 22) that the Confederate battle flag is a part of our history. But that’s where it should stay: in the past. That’s what museums, history classes and books are for.
The Southern states started a war against the United States over slavery and the issue of “popular sovereignty” regarding its expansion into the Western territories. The South lost on that issue in the election, and the secessionists (i.e. traitors) lost the war.
The vast majority of those who fought for the Confederacy didn’t own slaves, but were conscripted to protect the “property rights” of the slave-holding class. At Gettysburg, Robert E. Lee sacrificed 28,063 casualties, of 75,000 soldiers, and then dragged the war on for two years after he knew the cause had been lost.
It’s been a part of Mississippi’s flag since 1864. A part of Georgia’s from 1956 to 2001, during the height of segregation. After the Voting Rights Act in 1965, the flag really came into prominence. And in 1968, George Wallace — remember “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever” — used it as part of his presidential campaign.
Sorry, Lee, but that is the definition of “hate.” Hope our children can learn better from that “history.”