Sunday, March 09, 2003

More Flag Nonsense
According to this article in the WaPo, Congressman Dick Gephardt caused a bit of confusion the other day in South Carolina when he said the Confederate flag should not be flown "anytime, anywhere." Some people apparently thought that included private property. Gephardt clarified that he meant public places only and that the flag is "...a hurtful, divisive symbol in our country, and it just shouldn't be in public places."
I think Gephardt is absolutely right on this issue. And the people who cling to the Confederate flag do so either out of hatred, ignorance or both. There is simply no place for such a symbol in our public commons, just as we would not tolerate a modern Germany with a swastika in her national flag.


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