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  • MSP Redgrave

    What COULD happen if someone were to take it down by force? By someone I mean a random person that's been pissed off beyond their willingness to wait for the institution in charge to pass a bloody law to remove that stupid thing? Like if someone climbed the flag pole and held a lighter right at it and burn it down.

  • T&B Kuntry Strong

    Not racist this is the true meaning….. Look closer and take some time to actually think about what you are seeing. Examine every detail of the flag and it's design, because the layout of the contents of this flag actually portrays the true message the flag was designed to send. And for the record… neither the design nor the content have anything to do with racism, slavery, hatred or white supremacy… or anything worse! All the COLOR could be removed from this flag, leaving just the outline of the details, and the true message the design is sending could still be determined by anyone with a basic knowledge of history. First of all, this flag is NOT the "Confederate Flag." It is the "Battle Flag of Northern Virginia." This design, however, is the one most synonymous with the term, and the one used in various forms on many of the other flags that were flown by the Confederate States. It is also the one most hated by those who are completely and totally ignorant of what it stands for. So take another look at the flag and answer this very simple question : Do you see a big letter "X" anywhere on the flag? What if I were to lay that X down on its side like this? Do you see it now? The X is formed by the big, blue bands which are outlined with white trim. Now take another look at the flag. On this big "X" there are thirteen white stars. Do you know what these thirteen stars represent? They represent the thirteen original, united colonies from which the United States began. Each one of these colonies had its own system of self government… until the start of 'northern aggression' when the northern states began trying to usurp authority over the southern states. This was the main cause of the Civil War. Point of note : The thirteen stars on this flag appear to lie on the blue X… but in reality, the X lies on the stars, allowing them to shine through. Now, I'd like to ask you a simple question : Do you remember from your elementery years how the teachers would sometimes ask you to circle the right answers or picture on a work page, or to put an X on a picture or word or other item that didn't belong in a group? That is the same concept this flag is designed around; the stars are laid out in the pattern of an X, and the blue bands are put on the thirteen stars to show that the southern states no longer wanted to be a part of the union with the northern states. In simpler terms, the message of flag's design is simply this… CROSS US OUT of your Union! The southern states withdrew from the union in a movement called "secession," which led to the Civil War. That is the only message this flag is sending!

  • Itzhak

    The flag is a representation of very powerful and destructive ideologies. We can't ignore that it's a flag that flies over hate crimes and terrorism, we can't deny that the south used that flag to fight for the oppression of black people. We can't deny history like that, history that still effects black people to this day. We forget slavery was a crime against humanity sometimes. You can't divorce the flag from those ideologies.
    The flag shouldn't fly near a governing body. You can fly it privately, on your private property but an image of such rancid history should not be flying over a Capitol building.

  • Blackbirdrebellion2937

    Southerners like to confuse the confederate flag with southern pride, when actually it symbolizes Treason and Racism

  • The Moral Compass of Kenny Loggins

    You can't tell someone what a symbol means to them, and that goes in both directions. Instead of trying impose what symbolism we derive from something onto others, we should accept that some things are complex and that views range widely, and that is ok. I am so tired of the discussion about this flag, and the ignorance of its history on both sides, as well as the ignorance in singling it out. We have spent more air time talking about a flag, then honoring thosewho we lost, and highlighting how amazing the response of the people of Charlestonand South Carolina has been.Right now in this country we should be having debates and discussions in the mediaon how to improve our mental health care, which is clearly in need of improvement, and the real issue. A person can be the most racist individual of all time, but onlyone with anextremely distorted view of reality, and or a mental condition such a psychopathy can motivate an individual to act as this young man did.We should let the people of South Carolina run their house, and deal with their local issues. While we as a nation focus on national issues, in this case a recurring issueof disturbed young men, who clearly needed mental care, and received none, and in their disturbing mental states took thelives of others.

  • CmdrSloanne

    Why I feel they will remove it from the capitol building & put it in a more for them honorable place in their schools,churches,etc… & bring down our U.S flag just to screw with us. hahaha better idea destroy once & for all that Confederate Flag & charge any who carries it as a terrorist & with sedition.