LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Confederate flag is beyond definition; it’s history

Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 05:33 PM.

It is a myth that the Confederate battle flag was flown on slave ships.

Actually, all the slave ships were operated by the English, the Dutch and the Portuguese.

When the war of 1861-1865 officially commenced, the southern states were actually in the process of freeing all slaves in the South. Russia had freed its servants in 1859, and the South took note of this.

Had military intervention not been forced upon the South, a very different America would have been realized then and now.

Why does Mae R. Coleman want to do away with the Confederate flag? Is it really a sign of slavery when the North had just as many slaves, and most of the northern states at first rejected the 13th Amendment because Lincoln only gave freedom to slaves in the South and not to the North? Delaware did not free slaves until 1901, so one might think you would also want to do away with the American flag, too.

It seems to me that we perceive what we want to see; it’s always in the eye of the beholder. The Confederate flag is not what you think it should be; it doesn’t stand for what you think it does.

It’s simply history — it will always be history.

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