Why state governments should take down the Confederate flagBack in the day, I was taught that the Civil war was about "states' rights", not really about slavery. I now know that this was false, that the Civil War was fought about the states' right specifically to perpetuate slavery; that was the position and the entire raison d'etre for the creation of the Democrat party in 1832 and the subsequent secession of the Democrat South. The entire nation was embroiled and bludgeoned horribly by the Democrats' insistence on racial suppression. States' Rights were just the excuse being used to preserve the slavery of blacks.
"It is long past time that state governments stopped displaying the Confederate flag, and otherwise honoring Confederate leaders. We should not honor people whose main claim to fame was waging a bloody war for the purpose of perpetuating and extending the evil institution of slavery. Some still deny that this was the motivation for Confederate secession. But overwhelming evidence proves otherwise. You don’t have to take my word for the proposition that slavery was at the root of the Confederate agenda, or even the word of John Stuart Mill. Take that of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, vice president Alexander Stephens (who called slavery “the cornerstone” of the Confederacy), and southern states’ own official statements outlining their reasons for seceding."
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So my original neutral position on the Confederate flag has changed: I now fully oppose it being flown in any official capacity, or being used within another flag in an official capacity. The flag actually is specifically racist, being a symbol which represents, not states' rights from a federalist, 10th amendment sort of manner, but a symbol which represents official forced suppression of a race. As with all speech, the Confederate flag must not be abolished from the expression private opinion despite its onerous and obvious meaning. But its official use should be stopped.
There needs to be a better symbol for States' Rights, because it is not States' Rights which are at issue with the Confederate flag: States' Rights are guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution. But the Confederate flag is not the proper symbol for that.