This New York Times opinion piece should be the end of the discussion on Confederate Flags. There is simply no answer to this woman’s eloquent shaming of the Confederate “heroes”. I really recommend reading it, but it really grabs you from the opening lines:
I have rape-colored skin. My light-brown-blackness is a living testament to the rules, the practices, the causes of the Old South.
For me the most powerful line is this:
I am a black, Southern woman, and of my immediate white male ancestors, all of them were rapists. My very existence is a relic of slavery and Jim Crow...I have no white people in my genealogy in living memory. No. Voluntary. Whiteness. I am more than half white, and none of it was consensual. White Southern men — my ancestors — took what they wanted from women they did not love, over whom they had extraordinary power, and then failed to claim their children.
I have never read anything that more starkly explains why celebrating these people, who fought to enslave others, is a farce.