Topics that engender wellsprings of deep and passionate partisanship are sometimes summed up by symbols.The Confederate flag is one such. Literally, a representation of a region and a people, yet some say that the region’s history of slavery and secession is inherently a part of how the symbol is viewed, meaning it should therefore be changed. Yet an overwhelming majority voted to keep the flag as is, claiming, for example, it was largely non-slave-holding patriots that took up arms to defend their homeland. For now, the symbol remains.
- More than one writer has written to the Clarion Ledger, espousing the belief that the Confederate flag needs to be changed.
- One writer considers this part and parcel of an ongoing effort to demonize the confederacy.
- The same writer takes strong issue against the perceived onslaught against southern heritage, noting that many confederate soldiers were not slave owners.
“This attack on the state flag is merely part of a concerted nationwide campaign by certain groups and individuals to demonize the Confederacy and, in the manner of 1515, to eradicate every vestige of the Confederate heritage by removing Confederate statues and monuments and changing the names of buildings, streets, and schools throughout the South”