Just Cloth on a Stick?
In Keokuk, Iowa there's a National Cemetery that serves as the final resting place for 4,000 soldiers, sailors and air force personnel. The cemetary is also the burial site for hundreds of Union and Confederate soldiers. On Memorial Day, it's not unusual to see graves decorated with Confederate flags and graves decorated with US flags. In my opinion, the Confederate flag should be embraced by those that want to honor their relatives that fought for their belief but I do not think a state should use the Confederate flag to represent a diverse group of citizens. We cannot bury history or pretend the Civil War never happened. However, to say that this flag represents an entire state is wholly inappropriate. There are people who argue that the Confederate flag is an innocent symbol of Southern heritage. While that might be true for some, it means something completely different to others. Its original purpose was to serve as a symbol for a collection of states that fought against a united country and propagated slavery. So, if we're going by historical meaning, that's what it stands for. No matter your belief, we are the United States of America, not two separate bodies. I sometimes wonder when people refer to the State of Mississippi as the poorest state in the union, are they just referring to economics or character?