Recently a hot topic in the news is the confederate flag and the controversy surrounding it. The news making a big deal out of the confederate flag being removed from South Carolina’s statehouse makes it seem like southerners are still living in the Revolutionary war. The confederate flag is simply a historical memento for many southern states. The anger that was raised in many southerners was not because they “hate black people,” but because the flag meant something to them and their history. The article, “Confederate Flag Removed from Statehouse Grounds” portrays the pride that many South Carolinians felt from the Confederate flag being flown.
Why would people just want to get rid of something that is shown everywhere, even in historical Reenactments. Reenactments are there for a reason, to show history. Why get rid of it if it was in history and needs to be shown. Some people say that the confederate flag is a sign of treason in America. This is saying that the people that support the flag want the nation to break apart again.
Many of America's leaders were assassinated such as John F. Kennedy and MLK. The motives to their assassinations were most from disagreements which is the same motive for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. On April 14th 1865, John Wilkes, shot and killed Abraham Lincoln at a play at ford Theatre . John Wilkes Booth was born in Maryland and was born in 1838. He lived in the north during the civil War but but yet he still didn’t agree with Abraham Lincoln.
Heritage or Hatred: The Confederate Battle Flag There is a lot of attention and opinion surrounding what we know now as the Confederate flag. Until recently the outcry of support and opposition to the flag has always been there with events bringing it back to the forefront. After the horrific events at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17th, 2015 the support and opposition surrounding the flag reemerged. The argument again became main stream on whether the confederate flag represents racism or heritage. During a recent survey conducted by CNN showed that of the people polled, fifty seven percent agreed that the flag represented pride and heritage while thirty three percent agreed that it represented racism.
The flag is to remember the memories and the people that have fallen in the war. Family members were in the war with the flag. They want to take picture down that have the flag in it when there ancestor is in the picture when he was in the war. They ban it so it can not be sold or displayed in protests or anything else(Leada Gore). They don 't want another racist shooting to happen.
The South wanted to keep slaves while the North wanted to abolish them. In conclusion, the primary cause of the civil war was not slavery instead was the issue of states rights. The Northern armies won the Civil War and the the South returned to the Union. “The Civil War started because of differences between free slaves states and the power of the government that said if slavery was correct or incorrect.”(The Civil War in America Prologue). Slavery was right at that time but now it is wrong.
Southerners in 1861 in South Carolina had seceded from the Union and did not want a Union Fort in the South. Fighting broke out when the Union soldiers refused to surrender Fort Sumter. Initially President Abraham Lincoln wanted to believe that the reason for war was that the North was fighting to save the Union and not to free slaves. Yes, the Civil War was initially about slavery. However, the President and the Confederates tried unsuccessfully to portray that slavery was not the main cause of conflict and that is wasn’t the primary cause of the Civil War.
Recently, our country has been under scrutiny for racial discrimination. From police brutality to shootings at a church, America’s racial problems that were swept under the rug for so long have come back out into the light. After the raciallymotivated shooting of nine people in South Carolina, many petitions were made regarding the removal of Confederate flags and monuments, including the removal of the historic carving on the side of Stone Mountain, but I believe this would be a terrible mistake. The largest high relief sculpture in the world, the Confederate Memorial Carving, depicts three Confederate heroes of the Civil War, President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson.
In Atlanta Ga, Charlottesville Nc, and in every other formerly Confederate State in the U.S. there has been controversial debates on whether or not the current standing Confederate statues should be removed from public areas. Many people claim that a modern society should not honor the racist soldiers who fought for slavery. Others believe that preserving historical accuracy is essential to learning from the mistakes of the past. The opinions of thousands of citizens clash with one another over the debate between offense and information. I believe that it is most beneficial for the majority of people if the current Confederate monuments remain where they are.
So if the flag were to be displayed many people can take it to offense and may not show any respect of what this flag has done and is. As a result the Confederate flag shows many signs of disapproval and many signs of unkind emotions. Furthermore, The Confederate Flag does not promote unity in the U.S. The Confederate soldiers were U.S citizens who took up arms against our government. These were individuals who killed American soldiers.