It’s not only high time — it’s long overdue

It’s not only high time — it’s long overdue that the Confederate battle flag comes down outside the State House in South Carolina.

In 1993, when the battle flag came down from the top of the State House in Montgomery, Alabama, put there by the old segregationist governor, George Wallace, it seemed as if Alabama had, finally, joined the Union.

Let’s hope the members of the State Legislature also look to the future and vote to take it down. But, let’s hope even more than that, as Sally Jenkins writes in her column in today’s Washington Post, that a new debate commences in the United States, where America stops romanticizing and stops teaching fiction, and, instead, starts teaching American history and starts telling the truth that “the Confederacy was treason in defense of a still deeper crime against humanity — slavery.”

In 1865, at Appomattox, when Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant, the Northern commander’s words are worth remembering:

“I felt like anything rather than rejoicing at the downfall of a foe who had fought so long and so valiantly, and had suffered so much for a cause, though that cause was, I believe, one of the worst for which a people ever fought, and one for which there was the least excuse.”

One of the worst reasons, ever…

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One thought on “It’s not only high time — it’s long overdue

  1. Hi Klas: How is your book coming? I was sorry that you werren’t with us in Turkey in May…..it was really interesting to hear everyone talking about the then upcoming election. I was certainly ready for it when it came….and I applaud the results.

    I am now in France, enjoying life. I go off for a week to Poland at the end of the week and then return in early July for another money of the good life. I return to DC in early August. Will you guys be around or off vacationing somewhere. I look forward to seeing you both when I return…..sooner or later.

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