Heritage Isn’t a Flag and It Isn’t Hate

ACADEME BLOG

Conservative pundit Bill Kristol tweets: “The Left’s 21st century agenda: expunging every trace of respect, recognition or acknowledgement of Americans who fought for the Confederacy.” Well, no. The ‘stars and bars’ controversy has nothing to do with heritage. Today, that flag is simply a symbol of segregation and racism. For a long time, it did also represent an understanding of lost causes. But it is nothing more, not now. Trying to make it so is simply a continuation of half a century of duplicity.

I’ll explain, as any Southerner would, through my family:

We knew, back in the early sixties, that we were nearing “home” when we started to see an old car or truck or two with a front plate showing a white-bearded Confederate soldier, the flag of the Army of Northern Virginia (Robert E. Lee’s flag, what we now call the “Confederate battle flag”) over his…

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