By Michael Anthony Gagliardi –
Should the confederate flag be removed or replaced? I don’t think so. When I first heard that certain people, even people in the political arena, where trying to get rid of the confederate flag I was very disappointed in our country. I fully understand the outrage of some people, due to the recent shooting and murdering innocent life in a church in South Carolina by a another person. My heart and prayers goes out to the family and friends of the victims. May God bring peace and healing to them and may justice be swiftly served.
With that said, the Confederate flag is a part of our history. A battle flag for the past confederate states that were fighting the North… period! I realize certain people and groups used the flag in conjunction with their evil cause, but that should not diminish what the confederate flag stands for. The flag does not represent hate or slavery in the United States and here’s a fact: only a small amount of the Confederates that were fighting the North actually owned slaves themselves. They were fighting for their State. But, if we take the stance that the Confederate Flag represents slavery, then one can also argue the pyramids in Egypt do as well, as they were absolutely built by slaves.
It appears that when something tragic happens, a lot of people try to focus the blame on something other than where it should really lie… with one extremely sick and demented individual. Yes, this country had made a lot of mistakes in the past and we should learn from, not dwell on them. Not cause more chaos for something that happened hundreds of years ago. If the people that are causing this chaos would just educate themselves prior to jumping the gun on issues, we would not be even talking about this.
So, how do we deal with this? Simple… forgive our past, learn from it and move forward. Let the Confederate Flag fly high and proud. And if you identify with it in any way, it simply means you are proud of being a Southerner… that’s it… period. But understand this… the outrage is due to a crazy individual who took a picture with the Confederate flag and then performed an unthinkable act. But prior to that, where was the outrage? Yep… didn’t exist to nearly this level.
So do you think the US Army’s flag should be taken down across the country due to the actions of the U.S. Army soldiers from Company C of the 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 11th Brigade of the 23rd Infantry Division that slaughtered 504 unarmed civilians in a little village called My Lai in South Vietnam on March 16, 1968? Yeah … didn’t think so. Why? Because that deplorable event doesn’t define the rest of the fine men and women of the US Army… just an act of some crazy individuals who were personally held accountable for their acts… just as will happen in this most recent tragedy.