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.
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?
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According to multiple sources, the only state flag with the Confederate battle flag is Mississippi. All other states have previously removed the flag.
Some other state flags contain Confederate symbols, but not the well-known red Confederate “battle flag” with a blue crisscross with stars.
The website Vox created a graphic to describe how the Republican presidential candidates feel about the Confederate battle flag. The graphic shows the choices “remove the flag now” vs. “states rights.”
Monday, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina joined other officials in urging his state to remove the Confederate battle flag from its statehouse grounds.
The Boston Globe writes that he was the first GOP presidential candidate to call for the removal of the flag. Graham’s position could convince others to follow suit.
Politico writes that Graham was standing near Republican Gov. Nikki Haley and a bipartisan group of state lawmakers as Haley said they were all there to say “it’s time to move the flag from the Capitol grounds.”
The cold-blooded killing of nine worshipers at an African-American church in Charleston last week brought back the debate over the flag in South Carolina. The banner currently flies on the statehouse grounds, the result of a compromise in 2000, when it was removed from an even more prominent place atop the building.
According to NPR, the head of the NAACP says it’s not appropriate for South Carolina to keep flying the Confederate flag at its state house.
“The flag has to come down,” NAACP President Cornell Brooks said at a news conference Friday.