KKK distorts message of Confederate flag
A symbol of pride for one group of people reminds another of the hatred, inequality and exclusion they have had to endure. I’m speaking of the Confederate Flag, which I believe was meant to represent the southern states and All of its people but has come to symbolize the white race and its struggle to keep America white.
I was born and raised in the south, served my country in Vietnam, worked hard and paid my taxes and therefore feel that I have as much right to respect and be respected by that flag as anyone else.
On Jan. 20, Martin Luther King’s birthday, I found on my lawn a plastic bag and inside was a flier and on it was a person dressed in a KKK robe and pointed hood and the backdrop was a giant Confederate flag, my flag. My forefathers labored and died brutally to build this great south that this flag represents, and for it to be used to spread hate and division is a dishonor to the flag.
The only race that was meant to have dominion over the earth is the human race. I will not hate or be disloyal to that flag because I know what it is supposed to stand for. So when I see it being used to terrorize or disenfranchise certain people, it pains me greatly. The flag is only the message; it is the messenger that desecrates it by distorting that message.
The south is my home and the people that I love and respect are white and black. Fair play fosters equality, thereby eliminating the fear of one losing their cultural identity. So let the Confederate flag wave for all those of southern heritage to work together to be united.