The flag debate
Re “No more Confederate f lags,” Editorial, June 23
Is a flag more symbolic of racism and hatred, or are oppressive actions more symbolic? Taking down a hurtful symbol is helpful. But what really makes a difference is results.
We need a legal system that doesn’t punish us for being poor or having skin a few shades too dark. We must end civil forfeiture for a “suspected” but unproven crime and truly abolish debtors prison. What would really make a difference would be for blacks who do have a lot of money to stop getting pulled over for driving a nice car in a nice neighborhood. What would truly make a difference would be returning to a nation that respects freedom and justice for all.
Basically, it gets back to treating people like humans, even if they have been convicted of a crime.
Shane Algarin, San Diego
THE CONFEDERATE f lag f lies next to the monument for victims of the Civil War in Columbia, S. C.