by The Daily Republic
May 3, 2013 at 1:43 am in The Daily Republic
If Confederate flags must go, so should other things from past.
Tags: flags, Guest editorials, History, Hot Springs, Opinion, state, updates 3 Comments »
You have a well-documented family. In my opinion however, the Confederate Flag represents slavery and racism.
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I can’t find any editorial dated April 24th, but here’s a link to the one dated April 25th:
The author of this letter says that the editorial states that the flag has no place in SD, “even in museums”. I see no mention of museums in the actual editorial. What am I missing?
The author of this letter also brings up a Nazi flag, and asks if he should destroy it…based upon what it represents. Nobody, (of course), is asking him to destroy the Nazi flag, but I wonder if his efforts to display it in a public place would be met with any opposition? There are ordinances in several countries preventing the display of the Nazi flag, and in others where it isn’t prevented with an outright ban, there are limitations on situations in which it MAY be displayed.
He then closes with this:
“Isn’t it true we should not forget our mistakes lest we repeat them?”
That’s good advice, but here’s the thing: Does “not forgetting our mistakes” mean symbols of those mistakes need be on public display in a VA facility? I don’t think so.
I’ve yet to see a Nazi flag on public display outside of a museum setting, but on trips to Germany and Washington DC, my family walked the grounds at Dacau and visited the Holocaust Museum as well. Do we need to see Nazi flags displayed in public places outside of a museum setting to be aware of the history it represents so we don’t forget?
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I agree more with this writer then those against his proposition. I also agree that to hide history is to deny it. Sure, I cringe when I see the Nazi flag and what it represents. But it makes me all the more grateful that folks of my father’s generation fought that battle. I have a distant relative who briefly served in the Penn. 7th Infantry, Regiment 7 and no doubt he had feelings about the ‘Stars & Bars.’ But, in my mind it reminds me of the strife our nation went through rather then settle our differences. The cost of war amongst ourselves is too much. I do NOT want to ever forget that it is better to compromise then to raise swords…..or ‘guns.’ The Union flag in itself does not remind me of that…….but put the “Bars and Stripes” with it and it is a stark reminder of the horrors of war. That is the lesson we should not forget. That is what both flags mean to me.
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