One of the ways I look at the controversy surround the Confederate flag is akin to how I try to be a good neighbor. I do not mow the grass at 8 A.M. or have lights on my home—even though I live on a corner– that shines into the windows of others. If we know something is genuinely troubling and hurtful for others than why continue to do it? It is rather a simple way to live and also a proper way to reflect on matters such as the flag.
There are many people who feel intimidated and fearful of what the Confederate flag represents. We also know the flag became a governmental symbol in the early 1960’s as the civil rights era was gaining momentum. So we need to ask what matters more—knowing there are people who are impacted by the flag in negative ways or some ‘right’ that did not exhibit itself on buildings until nearly 100 years after the Civil war ended? I opt for caring about people who are pained by symbol of hate.
The leaders from both parties who have come out for the removal of the flag this past week are correct, and in short order this hateful image will be a sight for historical exhibits. Being a good neighbor is also a good way to view the role of a being a thoughtful politician.