When does a flag "mean" something?

This interesting observation sent by my cousin Mike, who’s a Lt. Col. in the Air Force, currently stationed in Japan:

From the Fox News Online, today’s Tongue Tied section:

Flag-Free Memorial

The NAACP has drafted two Illinois senators in its crusade to prevent officials from flying a Confederate flag at the dedication of a memorial to Confederate dead in central Illinois, reports the Journal-Register.

The memorial is being built at Camp Butler National Cemetery near Riverton, the site of a prison camp for Confederate soldiers. Some 866 Confederate soldiers died there during the war.

Illinois’ senators Barack Obama and Dick Durbin have asked federal officials to bar display of the stars and bars at the memorial.

“We, along with the NAACP and many Americans, believe that the Confederate flag has become more than an historic battle standard; for millions of Americans it is a symbol of slavery and segregation,” the senators said in a letter to the director of the National Cemetery Administration.

Then Mike wants to know something…

Now, I’m more contemptuous of southern bigotry than most people, having lived two long years in Alabama (It’s still alive and well in the dank cradle of both the civil war and the civil rights movement), but I’d like a rhetorical question answered:

How can it be that the confederate battle flag is more than a flag, but a symbol of slavery and segregation, and our US Flag is just a piece of cloth?


Barack and Durbin’s attempted ban could also spell doom for future Lynyrd Skynyrd concerts in Illinois


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