Bat­tling over a Con­fed­er­ate flag

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Hate may bring down a f lag,” June 23

It’s about time the peo­ple of South Carolina did the right thing and took down the Con­fed­er­ate f lag from their Capi­tol build­ing grounds.

The claim by some in the South that the bat­tle f lag of the Army of North­ern Vir­ginia is about their her­itage is bunk. It’s about racism, pure and sim­ple. That f lag was in­stalled in the 1960s in re­sponse to laws get­ting rid of seg­re­ga­tion.

The peo­ple who want to keep the f lag are sup­port­ing an­ces­tors who should be con­sid­ered traitors to the na­tion. They did more dam­age than any ter­ror­ist could have, and all to de­fend a way of life that in­cluded keep­ing hu­man be­ings in bondage.

Those who sup­port f ly­ing the Con­fed­er­ate f lag should shut up, and South Carolina — the first state to se­cede from the Union be­fore the Civil War — should rid it­self of that hate­ful sym­bol and en­ter the 21st cen­tury.

Nato Flores

Los An­ge­les

I know it’s a cliche — “What fools these mor­tal be” — but let’s face it: Nine peo­ple — nine — are shot to death in a church by some psy­chopath and the so­lu­tion to this act of hate, racism and mass mur­der is the whole­sale cel­e­bra­tion of the tak­ing down of the Con­fed­er­ate f lag over the Capi­tol grounds in Charleston, S. C.

Yay! That should do it! That should cure the sick­ness that has plagued us since the birth of our coun­try. Or not.

An­thony Lawrence

Wood­land Hills

What do we call an Amer­i­can who joins a ji­hadi move­ment to harm the United States? “Traitor” seems ap­pro­pri­ate.

So what do we call the Con­fed­er­ate sol­diers who fought to de­stroy the United States and killed thou­sands of Amer­i­cans in de­fense of an im­moral slave cul­ture? “Traitors” seems rea­son­able.

And now I read that the state of South Carolina hon­ors the f lag of the traitors. What is go­ing on here?

The dece­dents of those 19th cen­tury traitors should not be con­demned for the acts of their an­ces­tors, but nei­ther should they be try­ing to glo­rify those who launched a war against their coun­try. We are long over­due for a re­al­ity check.

With a great deal of pride, I pledge al­le­giance to the f lag of the United States of Amer­ica. Charles M. Weisen­berg

Bev­erly Hills

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