Editorial

This website – OK, Fine – will now write an editorial on the Confederate Battle Flag.  OK, fine, has generally refrained from writing about the Confederate Battle flag because for the most part, it has largely disappeared.  Below is the state flag of South Carolina.

Note that the Confederate Battle Flag does not appear on the flag.

“Asked by the Revolutionary Council of Safety in the fall of 1775 to design a flag for the use of South Carolina troops, Col. William Moultrie chose a blue which matched the color of their uniforms and a crescent which reproduced the silver emblem worn on the front of their caps. The palmetto tree was added later to represent Moultrie’s heroic defense of the palmetto-log fort on Sullivan’s Island against the attack of the British fleet on June 28, 1776,” writes 50states.com.

The U.S. flag and South Carolina state flag flies at half staff to honor the nine people killed in the Charleston murders as the confederate battle flag also flies on the grounds of the South Carolina State House in Columbia, SC June 20, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Miczek - RTX1HF3B

There is a Confederate Battle Flag used as part of a war memorial to Confederate soldiers on the grounds of the statehouse.  The Confederate Battle Flag is not flown above the rooftop of the Capitol building there.  This can be seen in the photo above.

According to PBS, the flag used to be flown above the Capitol building, but was removed from that site in the year 2000. PBS reports that the flag at the memorial cannot be lowered to half-mast.  It can only be hooked onto or removed from the pole.

As written about before, the only state flag in the U.S. that contains the Confederate Battle Flag as part of its imagery is the Mississippi state flag.  All other states have removed that symbol from their flag.  The Mississippi flag can be seen below.

So, isn’t the conversation about the Confederate Battle Flag moot or nearly moot?  Should the real focus be to have the symbol  removed from the Mississippi state flag – the last official state flag that has it?

What about the war memorial flag in South Carolina?  Could they perhaps build a “statue flag” or put a “sculpture” of the flag on the memorial, instead of having a real flag?  What kind of facsimile could be used instead of a real flag?  Is there a compromise?

Those are the thoughts of the Confederate Battle Flag from this website…

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2 thoughts on “Editorial

  1. It is a historical flag….so a museum is the perfect place for it.

    I live in Mississippi and there is a movement to remove it from the state flag but this state is full of “good old boys” and it will be a hard fought issue. It is time for Mississippi to move into the 21st century…..we have been living in the 19th for long enough…….chuq

  2. The Confederate flag shares a history with the short lived Republic(s) and whilst slavery was one of the major reasons for the schism with the Union it wasn’t the only one.

    Still, as the Confederates lost the war they didn’t get to write history.

    It seems the biggest issue with the Con flag is that it has been misappropriated since by the KKK and other racist organisations, leaving it demonised, which wasn’t helped by its use in a photo by Dylann Roof.

    There is a similar problem in the UK, though no wear near as bad as ill feeling towards the Confederate flag, the St George’s Cross that represents England is often by racist/fascist groups in England and by individuals with a highly nationalistic outlook – something that is rather frowned upon by the majority in the UK.

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