Know truth about Confederate flag

By Leah R. Olsen
Aiken, S.C.
Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011

In this modern era of political correctness, our history and heritage often fall victim to distortions and half-truths. Unaware of the facts, people are easy prey to those who would use them as tools in their sleazy political agenda.

This is what happened Jan. 17 in Columbia, S.C., when hundreds of people marched demanding that the Confederate flag be removed from Statehouse grounds.

Here are some facts:

The U.S. or British flag flew every year that slavery was legal in this country. The Confederate flag flew just four years. No Confederate ship brought in slaves. Most came through Northern ports, sold by Northern slave dealers. Flags of slavery were British, Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish. Why not hate these flags?

Following politically correct logic, hate groups use the American flag. Why not ban it?

About 75 percent of the South’s population was Scottish or Scottish-Irish, so the Confederate battle flag was designed after the national flag of Scotland to represent their Celtic heritage. The cross of St. Andrew represents Christ and the flag displays faith in the sovereign God of heaven.

The Confederate flag honors those who fought for their families, homes and freedoms. The flag represents those who opposed unlimited federal government. Today, government is in every aspect of our lives. The Confederate flag represents a limited view of government and freedom from tyranny for all people of all races.

Blacks knew and understood this powerful message once, and history shows that many embraced their own Confederate dead. Sadly, emotionally charged, politically correct rhetoric has turned the noble sacrifice of more than 250,000 Confederate dead into a mockery. Political agendas and historical lies led to covering the statue of George Washington at Columbia’s Martin Luther King Jr. rally.

It’s time for less rhetoric and more truth. We need more understanding between the races. Half-truths only breed mistrust and misunderstanding.

Leah R. Olson
Aiken, S.C.