The Symbolic Power Of The Confederate Flag Remains Protected By Law

While the U.S. and South Carolina State flags flew at half-mast in mourning and in deep-seated distress of a nation reeling from a tragic event borne from racial strife, the confederate flag remains unperturbed at the South Carolina Statehouse. In light of the racially charged senseless killing–by a homegrown terrorist representing known terrorist groups that took the lives of nine parishioners inside the Charleston AME church on Wednesday, June 17, 2015–it remains an injuriously racist, symbolic power of hate.

Many of our citizens are too, also unperturbed and continue to pledge their allegiance in private or in public to the confederate flag with flawed arguments of deceit and contempt by upholding prideful southern heritage and culture in remembrance for those who fought in the rebellion and treasonous secession of the union during the Civil War. Those people continue to obfuscate what merely amounts to nothing more than a battle flag; of a battle still being fought in their minds. The flag appears rooted in such crass ideology that outcries from social media–not the mass media conglomerate–go unheard. Here is why…

Officials said the reason why the flag has not been touched is that its status is outlined, by law, as being under the protected purview of the full S.C. Legislature, which controls if and when it comes down.

State law reads, in part, the state “shall ensure that the flags authorized above shall be placed at all times as directed in this section and shall replace the flags at appropriate intervals as may be necessary due to wear.”

The protection was added by supporters of the flag to keep it on display as an officially recognized memorial to South Carolinians who fought in the Civil War. Opponents say it defends a system that supported slavery and represents hate groups.

In a show of respect, a brief recognition ceremony was held in the Senate chamber Thursday. The U.S. and South Carolina flags were lowered from the dome. The square Confederate banner that’s in front of the building on display at the Confederate monument was left alone.

‘A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms when serving in the militia shall not be infringed.’ ” — Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, in an opinion column posted online April 11 by The Washington Post.

And so should the South Carolina Heritage Act remove Section 1–10–20. (B) that protects and imbues the symbolic power of the battle flag of the confederate army, quite grossly I should add. Let’s see if there is enough impetus and gumption this time around to simply take down the flag.

And um…Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Georgia should follow with removing the emblem from their own state flags as well.

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