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Reader's view: Confederate flag is a slap in the face

A lot -- maybe too much -- has been said about the Confederate flag. I've heard a lot from the president on down about what an affront the Confederate battle flag is to African-...

A lot - maybe too much - has been said about the Confederate flag. I’ve heard a lot from the president on down about what an affront the Confederate battle flag is to African-
Americans. And, of course, it is and for good reasons.
They say it’s racist. It is.
They say it’s a constant reminder of the oppression and discrimination African-Americans had to endure. It is. And I understand.
Yet nowhere have I heard, seen or read what a slap in the face the Confederate flag is to the memory of the 360,000 northern white men who fought and died to free their African-American brothers and sisters.
Now, cynical liberals may say that the vast majority of northern combatants were fighting to keep the states united, an honorable goal in itself. But, according to letters sent home from union troops, most were there for both reasons and many solely for the freedom of the slaves. Even if you put the estimate at 10 percent, that would make 36,000 northern soldiers.
One more thing: What other country would allow a former enemy nation to continue to fly its flag on the victor’s own soil?
Gord Harteau
Duluth

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