‘Carpetbaggers’ wrong on battle flag

Letter to the Editor
Tuesday, October 14, 2008

For a long time I have felt that The Augusta Chronicle editorial staff was a bunch of Yankee carpetbaggers. The July 19 editorial removed all doubt.

It stated, "Given the opportunity to remove a Confederate emblem from Georgia’s flag a few years ago, we supported the effort." In your editorial rantings backing removal of the Confederate battle flag you referred to that flag as a symbol of oppression, bigotry, intolerance, injustice, Jim Crow and a reminder of slavery.

You further stated that the flag has been hijacked by the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups and white supremacy organizations. Now, all those other terms are not needed. The word Confederate covers them all.

You may have helped to remove the battle flag but do you, or most other people, know what replaced it? Remove the state seal from the old flag and all that’s left is the Confederate Battle Flag. Remove the state seal from the current flag and you have the First National Flag of the Confederate States of America.

James Isdell, Augusta
© 2008 The Augusta Chronicle

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