As a ‘damn Yankee’ — that is, a Northerner who came to the South and didn’t leave — the Confederate Flag has never really held meaning for me.
I understood that for most who displayed it, it meant a reverence for the heritage of the South and expressed the rebellious spirit I so often find, and admire, here.
Then the events of the shooting in South Carolina played out. Dylann Roof was found to have embraced that flag, but for different and objectionable reasons of true racism.
The hysteria that followed was terrifying to watch.
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