Flagging Us Down the Road

Petchary's Blog

Flags are symbolic, aren’t they. We humans get emotional over symbols, and we certainly do about flags. In many parts of the world, the national flag is something to be treated with respect. If it is torn, dirtied, damaged or (heaven forbid) deliberately destroyed by someone who despises what it stands for, then we get extremely upset.

Bree Newsome takes down the Confederate Flag from a pole at the Statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina, June 27, 2015. REUTERS/Adam Anderson Photo Bree Newsome takes down the Confederate Flag from a pole at the Statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina, June 27, 2015. REUTERS/Adam Anderson Photo

Earlier this year, for example, the Confederate flag was the subject of much pain and heartache – as it has been over decades, as a symbol of slavery. A woman activist climbed a flagpole in Columbia, South Carolina a few months ago and took down the flag, the week after nine African Americans were murdered by a white racist who revered it. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley subsequently called for the…

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