One Man’s Reply
L.I. Fire Dept. to Change Confederate Flag Logo After NBC Probe 
NBC New York
The Confederate Battle Flag is offensive only to those who do not know any better.
If you want to see a flag widely used by hateful people, go to for pictures of the Kluxers with their favorite flag. You may be surprised.
The Southern States seceded to be free of an oppressive, overweening government — the same reason that the thirteen States (including New York) seceded from Britain in 1776, Mexico from the Spanish Empire in 1818, and Texas from Mexico in 1836. If secession was a true principle in 1776, 1818, and 1836, it was a true principle in 1861.
The War of 1861-1865 was certainly not fought over the issue of slavery. If the seceded States had seceded because they feared losing their slaves, they had only to re-join the Union and ratify the Corwin Amendment, which stated "No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State."
Clifton Palmer McLendon