Friday, February 28, 2003

What is going on here? According to CNN, former Governor Jimmy Carter will help lead a public discussion of whether Georgia should enlarge the Confederate emblem on its state flag. I have never quite understood the reason for having the symbol of the confederacy an a state flag to begin with. After all, most states didn't see fit to place it on their flag until well after the Civil War was over, which was obviously an attempt to discomfit African Americans.

Now it would seem to me that there is no reason for the symbol except to remind African Americans of their former position in Southern society. It couldn't possibly be there to remind the South of its backwards past and its inglorious savaging by my Northern ancestors, could it?


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