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1954’s Brown vs. Board of Education court ruling marked the dawn of desegregation in America. South Carolina raised the Confederate flag above their state house a short time after the sentence; the brief time period between the two events led many to believe the gesture was the state’s reaction to desegregation. Many were offended by the exhibit and confused as to whether the flag responded to desegregation or honored the state’s membership in the confederacy. The erection of the Confederate flag was a reaction preponderantly to desegregation and should be lowered as soon as possible.
Seeing the Confederate flag flying above a governmental edifice inflicts an incredible amount of pain on many of America’s citizens. Emett Burns, an African-American involved in the NAACP, spoke of his view on the Confederate flag’s raising: “It [the flag] says to me ‘If I could put you in your place, I would.’” (qtd in Schaiver) The NAACP finds the flag offensive and explained their views on it with frustration, saying enough is enough. Mims, an African-American 42 year old disabled paper worker announced his view upon the flag “It is like the Germans and the Jews--they are trying to eliminate us.” (qtd in Burritt) In a recent legal case, the state of Maryland argued the flag to be, “hostile, racially divisive and a symbol of bigotry and racial degradation.” (qtd in Jefferson 22)
While some are unbelievably upset by the flag, others are experiencing feelings of Southern and Civil War pride. Angel Quintero and Sherman Evans own a clothing line and use the Confederate flag as their logo. Both are, surprisingly and ironically, African-American citizens. “The flag features red, green, and black, the African-American liberation colors,” they say. (qtd in Leopold) Collin Pulley, the Chairman of the Heritage Defense Committee of the Sons of Confederate Veterans sees the issue simply; he says, “Everything I’ve seen indicates the flags were changed for the Civil War Centennial.” (qtd in Leopold) Arthur Twigg, a member of Maryland’s Sons of Confederate Veterans, is proud of the flag, he exclaims, “It means a lot to me, my ancestors carried that flag into battle.” (qtd in Schaiver)
Defenders of the flag say moving/hiding/replacing the precious piece of history will suggest to the public that it is immoral. (Leopold)
Maryland’s Sons of Confederate Veterans is a group of men who are proud of the Confederate flag, so proud that they pardoned the state to issue them special license tags to reward their members with. These tags featured the ever controversial Confederate flag on them and it wasn’t long before complaints of the tags were noted. The state recalled the licenses and a case was filed. Judge Frederic Smalkin wrote his decision in a 20 page document which included a chastising of the state for recalling the licence tags, saying it violated the First Amendment. Judge Smalkin said “For years the First Amendment restricted only the actions of the government. It took war—the Civil War—to extend the strictures of the First Amendment to state governments. Without the Civil War, the ghosts of which pervade this case, there would not have been a Fourteenth Amendment, the vehicle through which the Bill of Rights has been applied to the states.
“The genius of the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment is the protection of minorities from majoritarian tyranny.” The Fourteenth Amendment should protect the members of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans in this case.
And the Fourteenth Amendment should protect those who have been offended in the courts ruling of whether or not the flag should remain raised. They are the minority, as they have suffered from the pain and confusion the controversy’s caused.
As our nation has learned of the hurt inflicted by the Confederate flag several attempts have been made to bring the effect of the flag to a more moderate level, while still inspiring Southern pride. South Carolina’s major solution to the controversy was to lower the flag from the state house but place it on the lawn to honor Confederate dead. Too much opposition to this approach predicted this would not lower the level of controversy in the state. The Jackson, Mississippi city council voted to ban the Confederate flag and