Confederate flag: heritage or hate?
By Haneen Hammad
A peaceful rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12 that protested the removal of a Confederate statue quickly became a tragic terror incident when a white male violently rammed his car into the crowd. The incident killed one and injured multiple people.
Whether or not there is “blame on both sides,” as our president claims, the aftermath left the state of South Carolina flying flags to mourn the tragic event. Among the flags was a symbol: a Confederate flag.
According to a 2011 Pew Research Center poll, roughly one in 10 Americans feels positively when they see the Confederate flag. The same study showed that 30 percent of Americans reported a negative reaction to seeing the flag on display.
The poll also showed that African-Americans, Democrats and the highly educated are more likely to perceive the flag negatively.
Some argue the flag is a symbol of slavery and injustice, while others insist it is purely a symbol of patriotism and heritage for the south.
But what does that actually mean?
Can you simply embrace the flag solely for the history and heritage of the south without promoting racism?
I think not. In my opinion, those who are celebrating the heritage of the south are embracing the history that came with it, therefore promoting slavery and racial injustice.
My point is, there is no way someone can hold the flag without including the bad and ugly that comes with it.