The protection was added by supporters of the flag to keep it on display as an officially recognized memorial to South Carolinians who fought in the Civil War. Opponents say it defends a system that supported slavery and represents hate groups. In a show of respect, a brief recognition ceremony was held in the Senate chamber Thursday. The U.S. and South Carolina flags were lowered from the dome. The square Confederate banner that’s in front of the building on display at the Confederate monument was left alone. [Post and Courier]
THE RACISM Dylann Roof learned was taught through the cultural arrogance of people thinking that remembering long dead Civil War battles is more important than #BlackLivesMatter. A battle between the past, the present and America’s future. South Carolinians who support the Confederate flag flying high ignore there is no honor in the fight they waged to keep segregation and deny blacks their American civil rights, for which they continue to have to die for enjoying.
The racist carnage delivered in Charlottesville, South Carolina is part of our American history that we now call domestic terrorism.
Except that today’s political insanity breaks everything down into pet issues, now it’s guns and religion, with people barely uttering the words white Supremacist that is the absolute root of Roof’s evil. Too many wave the banner of their group making secondary points in a moment of carnage and loss rooted in racism, too squeamish to call the crime out by its name because it can’t be legislated away.
From Ta-nehisi Coates, a reminder of history.
When white supremacist John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago, Booth’s fellow travelers did all they could to disassociate themselves. “Our disgust for the dastardly wretch can scarcely be uttered,” fumed a former governor of South Carolina, the state where secession began. Robert E. Lee’s armies took special care to enslave free blacks during their Northern campaign. But Lee claimed the assassination of the Great Emancipator was “deplorable.” Jefferson Davis believed that “it could not be regarded otherwise than as a great misfortune to the South,” and angrily denied rumors that he had greeted the news with exultation.
[…]By 1865, the Civil War had morphed into a war against slavery—the “cornerstone” of Confederate society. Booth absorbed his lesson too well. He did not violate some implicit rule of Confederate chivalry or politesse. He accurately interpreted the cause of Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee, men who were too weak to truthfully address that cause’s natural end.
Lincoln’s assassination was a black and white issue 150 years ago.
The murder of 9 African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina is, too.
It’s long past time that the citizens of the state did something about it. If they don’t it’s because America still can’t name the scourge, which is racism, because cowardice is easier than change.