Woodburn Independent letter to the editor
The stars and bars. What does the flag and statues of Confederate generals and leaders mean to our nation?
A white citizen might take pride in their ancestors fighting valiantly and/or dying in that terrible war, while a black citizen is much more likely to see that flag as a symbol of those whites that lynched black men and boys as a warning to all blacks to stay in their place, that place being on par with animals.
How long has it been since the last black man was dragged behind a pickup truck until his body became dismembered? How long has it been since a racist, flying the flag, drove his automobile into a crowd, killing a woman demonstrating against white supremacy?
Is it not obvious the justifications for the glory of bravery 150 years past pales in comparison to the injustices still occuring in our nation today?
A comparison of the stars and bars, not too harsh in my opinion, is the swastika flown as a symbol of Aryan (white) supremacy before and during World War II. Why is the display of the swastika illegal in Germany? Because it is so obvious to German citizens that the evil it symbolized is of much greater harm to their populace than the benefit of recognizing the heroism and sacrifice made by millions of German soldiers and citizens during the war. So too si the harm of flying the stars and bars which today is still the symbol of pride for every fascist organization intending to intimidate our black population.
I believe the stars and bars, and the statues of Confederate generals and leaders, belong in museums as a reminder that evil is a part of our national history. Happily, the good side won that war. Sadly, 150 years later, the cancer of white supremacy still lingers.