The shooting of nine African-Americans earlier this month has
prompted national debate over whether the Confederate battle flag should
continue to fly at the South Carolina Capitol.
Gov. Nikki Haley
called for the flag to be taken down while President Obama said it
“represented more than just ancestral pride” during the eulogy of Rev. Clementa Pinckney Friday.
“The state has no business being in the business of flying a flag and
symbols that have meant exclusion and discrimination and racism,” said Kerry Haynie, professor of political science and African and African American studies at Duke.
a 75-foot monument has commemorated fallen Confederate soldiers at the
North Carolina Capitol since 1895. It is one of dozens of monuments
scattered across the state commemorating Confederate soldiers.
North Carolina has more monuments commemorating the Civil War than any other event, according to “Commemorating Landscapes of North Carolina,”
a project conducted by UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries. More than half of
North Carolina’s counties have dedicated at least one memorial to
UNC-Chapel Hill History Professor Fitz Brundage, who helped map North Carolina’s monuments, said there are about five Civil War monuments to every World War I monument in North Carolina.
I agree with Brundage when he says that “the act of flying a flag is inherently an act of honoring whatever that flag represents,” but monuments “are historical artifacts that can tell
us things and we can use them to think about the past and our
relationship to it.” NC was part of the Confederate side of the American Civil War, and that needs to be acknowledged and discussed to prevent those ethnic and racial prejudices from ever regaining/maintaining as much power as they had.