- - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Like “political correctness,” demanding the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina capitol grounds is an attack on free speech “Lindsey Graham, Nikki Haley, Tim Scott call for removal of Confederate flag from S.C. capitol,” Web, June 22). A flag, any flag, is a symbol, an expression of free speech. A flag represents something to those who display them. Gays display a rainbow flag, immigrants display the flag of their mother countries and churches display the flag that represents their denomination. So what is wrong with the Confederate flag? Nothing. If it represents anything it’s state rights.

Had it not been for those who fought under that flag, slavery would have never ended. The Civil War was all about preserving the union and it had nothing to do with slavery. Slaves who fled to the North soon found out that the North did not love them, and it still does not. A quick look at black communities in the cities of the North tells the story.

South Carolina has been good to the African-American community. To blame the whole state for the actions of one deranged punk is highly unfair. The flag should stay where it is.

LOUIS GENESI DOMINGUEZ

Warrenton, Va.

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