Old Goat - 2007-10-31 19:56:42
The Confederate flag shown is actually a battle flag design, (of which there were many), that dates back to the Civil War. It was never the national flag,(which is commonly called the stars and bars), which changed three times during its existence. You could display any of the three national flags and no one would notice. The rub comes from the post Civil-War era when the KKK adopted this flag as their emblem. It is sad that this flag has been used as an icon of hatred and intolerance. Many a fine Southern young man gave his life under this banner defending their home. If history were once again put in it's proper place in education, then people would know this, and not be so intolerant to the deeper, older facets of its meanings.
Old Goat - 2007-10-31 20:10:20
The reporter who tagged 'stars and bars' in the story is a fine example of how poorly educated some journalists are in the subject of history.
Ypsidixit - 2007-10-31 20:21:00
Those are excellent and important points--indeed, if the real national flags were displayed, no one would likely notice--and also that the battle flag flew over soldiers defending their home, and dying for it. Thank you, Old Goat.

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