The Confederate flag must disappear from the fair
Let this also be a step in an awakening that purges the anti-American symbol from the iconography of ever y state in the union. Yes: the union. The flags of other southern states incorporate imagery evoking the Southern Cross or Stars and Bars of the Confederacy.
One hundred and fifty years after the end of the Civil War, the flag still represents slavery. The bloody war fought in defense of slavery represents treason and racism.
Charles County’s population is diverse. Whites alone represent 47 percent of the population; African-Americans, 45 percent; Hispanics, 5.5 percent; and 8 percent who identify as other (source: Census Population Estimates 2015). Yet images of the flag waving in a public space serve as a stark reminder of the hate that remains in America.
Civil War memorials to fallen Confederate soldiers dot old battlefields on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line, and statues of rebel soldiers stand tall on city streets as nearby as Alexandria, Va. But monuments erected long ago do little more than acknowledge that past. As historical artifacts, they lack the political potency of the Confederate battle flag. Unlike memorials and statues, flags can become rallying cries for
people — including shooter Dylann Roof and others, who believe in what the Confederate flag stood for.
This is not an issue of free speech. The fair is a private entity that rents from the Charles County Fair Board, which has the right and responsibility to control what is allowed on its grounds. It’s equivalent to how you get to control what is said on your own property: if a guest in your house says something that offends you, you can tell them to leave.
The county-elected leadership, state delegates, fair board representatives and organizers should do the right thing for the good of mankind and not allow that symbol of hate to fly in the face of Charles County residents.
Deron E. Tross, Waldorf