South Carolina: Confederate flag comes down from State House


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#2

Huzzah!


#3

Dignity schmignity, as long as the damn thing is gone.


#4

with dignity

Dollars to donuts, 10am tomorrow in Columbia, SC is going to be a freak show, one way or the other.


#5

Kudos to Jenny Horne, who probably influenced the vote with her speech against the flag. Especially impressive because she’s a republican, AND a descendant of Jefferson Davis!


#6

About time.

No . . . long passed time. The battle flag should never have gone up in 1961.


I think it is perfectly OK to have memorials to Confederate generals and such, but there should be a requirement that each statue of some guy on horseback be accompanied by statues representing every one of the enslaved people who toiled to provide the general’s army with food and clothing. Because that’s just as much Southern Heritage as the guy on the horse.


#7

What nonsense. This is exactly the right time to be dignified and charitable about it. Lincoln certainly would have been:

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”


#8

It’s a free country, as they say (thanks to, you know, the Union Army), so go ahead and treat flat-out racism with all the dignity you like. I’d prefer to spit on, piss on and burn it myself.


#9

Yeah, that was 150 years ago, when it would have been arguably appropriate to be respectful toward the fallen Confederates. The flag should have been rolled up and retired permanently way back then.


#10

I’ve never understood the impulse to shoot the wounded. But we differ.


#11

“Shoot the wounded”? Hyperbolize much?

The only reason anyone feels wounded by the removal of that flag is because they won’t let the scab heal on something that happened ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY FRICKIN YEARS AGO.


#12

In fairness to @milliefink, the time for honorable surrender has long passed, way back at Appomattox. Anything after that is a shitshow nightmare unworthy of respect. There is such a thing as knowing when to give up. Something that certain county courthouse clerks would do well to recognize.


#14

Now what we need is a resolution from South Carolina stating that the Civil War was all about slavery – as the Articles of Secession so clearly state.


#15

You’re making a category error - confusing racism with racists. Racists should be treated with dignity, because they just might become better people. Racism will never get better, and must be torn out, root and branch.

There, now we can all get along.


#16

That flag went up on the State House as a protest against the Civil Rights movement in 1961.

That’s not “binding up” the nation’s wounds. It’s taking a damn cheese grater to them.


#17

Way to invoke both Lincoln and the shooting of the vulnerable in a defense of southern dignity.


#18

Hey, now we can focus on the issue that the republicans used the flag issue to obfuscate: gun control.


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#20

The confederate flag, similar to other items and Articles of historical significance, is now headed where it belongs. A museum. Along with canons, trebuchets, historical documents, tapestries depicting battles, and many other objects.


#21

But but, it was the Northern Virginia battle flag! Or, wait, was it West Virginia?