In a fitting postscript to the
Charleston murders June 17, the people of South Carolina continued to demonstrate to our leaders in
the people of the ,
and the rest of the world how to handle a tragedy with compassion and grace. USA
In a matter of less than a month one of the most divisive and controversial issues was resolved, perhaps bringing to an end, at last, our Civil War.
As mentioned earlier, the shooter in
Charleston posted Facebook images of
his fascination with the
flag of the Virginia Brigade who fought in the Civil War. Battle
Most people and news media mistakenly called it the Confederate Flag although my earlier article about the Confederate flag proved that was false.
In fact, after the Civil War it pretty much disappeared with all the other state militia flags from the South until it was revived in the 1940's through 1960's and was hijacked from being a symbol of patriotic pride for the South to being the face of racial hatred and prejudice.
From 1962 on this flag flew over the statehouse or on statehouse grounds in
One of the positive offshoots of the tragic shooting was the actions by
Governor Nikki Haley, and the Charleston legislature ended decades of bitter debate
and removed the flag from the grounds of government to the museum where it
It will forever be a fitting tribute to the Charleston Nine and their legacy.