The South Carolina legislature is expected to meet today to decide the fate of the Confederate flag that flies on state grounds.
In light of the June 17 massacre of nine people at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, it’s a heated topic in the state.
And people have a lot to say about the flag. Here are some quotes taken and elaborated from either side:
"Keep the Flag!”
“There’s nothing racial about it, this is about preserving history.”
“The flag didn’t kill anybody. It was a deranged young man who did.” -Mr. Thrasher
“Let it wave as an example of the past, and a reminder of how far we’ve come."
“Get Rid of the Flag!”
“It represents racism.”
“The man that killed those at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston held onto the flag as a racist symbol.”
“It’s not a reminder of the past, it’s an indicator of the hurtful white supremacist ideals.” -@w_butz
In my opinion, it’s a little bit more complex than that, though it can be pretty easy to see only two sides of the argument.
Whether you are pro or anti flag, it is clear that the symbol is dividing the state in a real way. This complex problem has been debated for years as what might be called, “America’s Most Embattled Emblem.” The symbol is bringing about a lot of debated ideals, even anti-gay rhetoric.. Can we just cool it with the flag? Or is this going to be a debate for a long part of our history? It seems it’s here to stay no matter what South Carolina decides today.