There has been a great debate over the removal of the confederate battle flag at the State House in South Carolina. Leaders from both (Democratic and Republican) parties in the South Carolina House are to vote on what the flag’s fate will be.
In the wake of the murder of the nine church members at the Emanuel A.M.E Church in Charleston, this decision comes at an important and necessary time for the state to make a moral decision on whether or not to leave the flag hanging or send it to a nearby Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.
Gov. Nikki R. Haley, a Republican, has called for the flag to be removed, saying the shooting had forced the state to recognize that the flag, while a symbol of Southern history to some, to others is a “deeply offensive symbol of a brutally offensive past.”
Is this symbolic gesture also going to make a change in the behavior of some people in this country toward Blacks and Latinos? Or is this another pacifist move made to encourage those who’ve taken offense to the flag that this is an era of color-blindness?
Source: NY Times