After all that the City has been through, statues of Confederate generals still erected in ‘glory’.
One would think that, the Emanuel AME church massacre, resulting in the killing of 9 black innocent people, who were studying the Bible, would aid in the removal of the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds in this city. Some progress was made when South Carolina lawmakers managed to shock everyone by removing the confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds in Columbia.
While other states like Alaska are moved with passion to eliminate every last hanging flag, since they believe it promotes segregation, Charleston’s Confederate commemorations are still in place, alongside with its racial issues.
First of all, Charleston was the gateway, where tens of thousands Africans, who had been enslaved, entered into North America. They made America rich through their hard work on plantation farms. Just before the Civil War.
Yet, after many years of struggle and building this nation, only a street in front of the white stucco Emanuel AME church has been renamed “Mother Emanuel Way Memorial District”.
“People see what it took, and ultimately that flag was removed because nine people were murdered,” said Powers, who co-authored a book about the massacre called “We are Charleston.” ”I think people appreciate how deeply entrenched the reverence is for the Confederacy. For a lot of folks, it is a civil religion.”
History professor of the University of North Carolina, W. Fitzhugh Brundage said without missing words, how blacks feel barbarian seeing statues, which honor those, who fought wars purposely to keep the in bondage in public places.
“That is a reminder that this state’s history includes an organized effort to keep people like you, African-Americans, enslaved at the cost of hundreds of thousands of lives and hundreds of millions of dollars of destruction,” he said.
All the Confederate flags and statues should be removed, if we agree to the fact that slavery has ended.
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