I was born and raised in South Carolina. I grew up celebrating the idea of Dixieland and the Confederacy. My high school history teacher, Mrs. Workman, glorified the Confederacy, and we spent much more time studying that war than we did World War II. Only after I dealt with my racial prejudice toward people of color did I begin to realize what an affront the flag of the Confederacy was to black people. When I discovered that the flag was not raised at the capital in Columbia until 1961, during the height of the debate regarding civil rights, I realized that the flag should not be given a place of prominence outside the state house. Governor Haley is right to bring it down. The flag is a piece of history and deserves to be in a museum, especially now that it is stained by the blood of nine beautiful people, killed, while worshiping, by a young man who found the Confederate flag a symbol of his hatred for people of color.



About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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