Originally posted by caissad4 to JS357
Since I saw no reply to your post I feel compelled to respond.
My family tree goes back to the 1670's in the Carolinas, including a S. Carolina governor. In the Civil War most of my ancestors fought and died for the Confederacy. A tree became a sapling in genealogical terms. I have always had a strong sense of pride that my ancestors were willing ...[text shortened]... ow falls to the level of the Nazi flag (a Hindu symbol of life) in its' level of perversion. :'(
As far as I know, the CSA battle flag was *not* displayed over government buildings
in Southern states *until after the Second World War*. Contrary to what some ignorant
or dishonest 'defenders of Southern tradition' would like to imply, the CSA battle flag
does *not* have a long tradition (supposedly since soon after the Civil War) of being
displayed over government buildings in Southern states.
After the Second World War, Southern white supremacists or supporters of racial segregation
hijacked the CSA battle flag to exploit as a symbol in their political battle against civil rights.
That's when the CSA battle flag began flying over government buildings in Southern states.
So the CSA battle flag's *modern significance* is as a symbol of racism and white racial privilege.
I have no objection to the CSA battle flag being preserved in museums or displayed
around CSA war memorials.
By the way, many cultures used the swastika as a symbol before the Nazis began doing so.
And people in these cultures see no reason why they should have to erase that part
of their heritage just because one symbol was hijacked by the Nazis.