By Jalin Pritchett, guest writer.
Is the confederate flag necessary? That is the question we all want to ask. Some would say that it’s still the symbol of the south, I would not. Not only does it represent a racist statement but it takes away somebody’s independence. Personally, I don’t think it’s necessary and there’s no reason for it to be around anymore; it’s time to bury the hatchet.
The confederate flag came about in the year 1861, used as the battle flag for the south during the Civil War. It is the single most known symbol of the confederacy. The Klu Klux Klan also used this as their flag to represent racism towards African Americans and also southern heritage. The history alone backing this battle flag should give us more than enough reasoning to disband this flag from any state grounds.
The problem of still waving the flag around has been addressed many times, including one of the more recent situations in South Carolina this past summer. South Carolina’s House passed an amendment allowing a debate for removing the confederate flag from Capitol grounds. A two-thirds majority vote in both the House and Senate was needed in order for it to get to the governor’s desk and actually remove the flag.
Very many people still wave the flag around as a representation of a culture that supports discrimination. To me, it’s a symbol of failure. The southern states did fail to win the Civil War. Some people are so uneducated or ignorant about the situation that they fail to see that it can separate, discriminate and hurt others. Rape, beatings, whippings, and just pure evil is all I see in that double crossed ‘symbol’ of the southerners, and people that are so stubborn and value the tradition of the flag so much, they’re not open to a discussion about change. What really doesn’t make sense is when Northerners use the flag because first of all you’re holding the at enemies flag on one hand, and second you’re failing to see what it represents, whether you like it or not. Racism is still very alive in the United States.
This flag is not necessary because it still shows the hatred towards a culture that was enslaved, judged, and killed only because of the pigment of their skin.