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POV | Retire the Confederate flag to a museum
I think the Confederate flag will forever be a part of our country's history, but it should not be a part of our present.
I was born and raised in Michigan. When I was in school, we studied the Civil War in history classes. It was history because it happened more than a hundred years earlier. In the 1980s, I moved to Nashville and then Birmingham. It was then, for the first time, I was told I was a Yankee. They weren't kidding. To them, I was something in the present that I had only studied in history class. It was there I learned that many people in the South are still fighting the Civil War.
I mention that because, although I have lived in or near the South for most of the last 32 years, I guess I will always be a Yankee to them. And with that full disclosure, I will give you my thoughts on the Confederate flag issue.
I think the Confederate flag will forever be a part of our country's history, but it should not be a part of our present. For some people, it is just a harmless, nostalgic part of the past, but for others it's a reminder of unspeakable atrocities. If it is a rallying symbol for idiots like the Charleston church shooter, then I'm in favor of retiring it to a museum. I know that may rub some people the wrong way, but it seems to me that the Confederate flag's time has come and long since gone.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.