In Wake of SC Shooting, Confederate Flag Controversy Reemerges. Even Obama Weighs-in

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This week, the Supreme Court dealt a blow to those who revere the Confederate flag as a symbol of heritage and honor. After the tragic shooting spree in Charleston, South Carolina, the state that fired the first shots in the Civil War is being scrutinized and criticized and the Confederate flag which means so much to so many is under attack from leftists who continue to push a skewed narrative concerning the flag.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Even President Obama has weighed-in on the Confederate flag, a fact that should be unsurprising to most as Obama seldom seems to miss an opportunity to politically exploit a tragedy or to weigh-in on a tragedy in order to help widen racial divides.

As liberals renew their call for the Confederate flag to be torn down from the South Carolina Capitol, White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters aboard Air Force One,

“The president has said before he believes the Confederate flag belongs in a museum, and that is still his position.”

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s office claimed on Thursday that she could not lower the controversial flag without approval from the state’s legislature.

Even the notoriously-moderate senator Lindsey Graham defended the flag, saying, “This is part of who we are.”

David French, a proud Southerner at the National Review, authored an extraordinarily-insightful article detailing the meaning of the flag for Southerners. He eloquently pointed-out,

“If the goal of our shared civic experience was the avoidance of pain, then we’d take down that flag. But that’s of course not the goal. Rather, we use history to understand our nation in all its complexity — acknowledging uncomfortable realities and learning difficult truths…

 

The battle flag has grown to mean many things, including evil things. Flying it as a symbol of white racial supremacy is undeniably vile, and any official use of the flag for that purpose should end, immediately. Flying it over monuments to Confederate war dead is simply history. States should no more remove a Confederate battle flag from a Confederate memorial than they should chisel away the words on the granite or bulldoze the memorials themselves.”

I do not deny that some might find the flag offensive. However, that is not my concern. The left appears determined to labor under the erroneous notion that it is a human right to go through life free from any offense. They also appear to believe that should one run into something offensive, it should be remedied immediately and, often, by government.

We cannot possibly sanitize society to a point where everybody is free from being offended and, more importantly, even if we could, who would want to go through life like that? It would be the death of art, the death of literature and the death of the expansion and spread of ideas.

My advice is this: for those who abhor the Confederate flag, I suggest educating yourself on the matter or otherwise disregard it.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

About the Author

Greg Campbell
Greg Campbell
An unapologetic patriot and conservative, Greg emerged within the blossoming Tea Party Movement as a political analyst dedicated to educating and advocating for the preservation of our constitutional principles and a free-market solution to problems birthed by economic liberalism. From authoring scathing commentaries to conducting interviews with some of the biggest names in politics today including party leaders, activists and conservative media personalities, Greg has worked to counter the left’s media narratives with truthful discussions of the biggest issues affecting Americans today. Greg’s primary area of focus is Second Amendment issues and the advancement of honest discussion concerning the constitutional right that protects all others. He lives in the Northwest with his wife, Heather, and enjoys writing, marksmanship and the outdoors.
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