The Confederate Flag’s Heritage Of Hate

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The Confederate Flag’s Heritage of Hate

The Confederate flag has now become a hot issue for South Carolina, which is the last state to have the original Confederate flag still flying on its Statehouse. What got the State’s attention was the economic boycott of South Carolina that was announced on January 1992 by the NAACP to pressure the State to remove the Confederate flag off of its Statehouse in Columbia. The NAACP’s removal request is based on the fact that they, the anti-flag groups, claim that the meaning of the Confederate flag is one of hate and discrimination. On the other hand, there are other groups that believe differently whom are called the pro-flag groups. They claim that the Confederate flag is a sign of heritage and should stay on the Statehouse. The Civil War being about slavery is one of the first things addressed in both sides of the debate. Also a big part of the debate is the Confederate flag’s connection with racism. The Confederate flag’s connection with slavery and racial inequality makes it a negative symbol, which should not be flying on South Carolina’s Statehouse.

Pro-flag groups claim that slavery was only a small issue in the Civil War, but if slavery was allowed to continue then there would not have been a Civil War. This quote out of a pro-flag article shows what Lincoln said about the idea of freeing slaves.

I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the states where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.” In an 1862 letter to the New York Daily Tribune editor Horace Greeley, Lincoln wrote. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and it is not either to save or destroy slavery. (Williams par. 4).

This quote does not prove that slavery was not a big issue for the South it just proves that it was a small issue for the North, because their prime object was to keep the states together. They claim that it was big government which could very well mean that they were not happy with the idea of the government ending slavery and said it was getting to big thus making slavery and important issue in the Civil War. The Northern states did not mind if slavery ended because the economy was industrialized but the South relied on slave labor to keep their agricultural based way of life lucrative, which is a good reason to go to war. A pro-flag article written by Walter E. Williams says slavery thrived under the American flag longer than it did under the Confederate flag, and for this reason the American flag should be more offending to those that are offended by the Confederate flag. I see this as a false analogy, because what is being argued on is about the Civil War and not about the time before hand.

The anti-flag side has a better argument, because their information seems more credible, and they have a more convincing use of logos to show that the Civil War was about...

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