So retailers from Walmart to Apple to Amazon to the National Park Service are falling over themselves in an attempt to not be the last entity selling or displaying the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia. Oh the horror......
Attempting to erase history to soothe the intellectually frail and those prone to the vapors isn't going to solve problems of racism or violence. The flag in question plays no role in these problems. It's an inanimate object and should be treated as such. But that's how our society reacts....erase a symbol and it will be proof of "doing something!" That's all that matters...the optics.
Meanwhile these seemingly well intentioned folks are ignorant that moves such as this, merely sets a precedent that may well bite them in the proverbial ass.
The battle flag should no more be flown over a government facility, nor incorporated into a state flag....than should the rainbow flag of the gay rights movement [yet there it is]. As stated on Doc Bailey's blog:
I believe that it is an important part of our past, and should not be consigned to the dust bin. I thing the confederate battle flag should fly. With a caveat. It should fly over reenactments. I think there is a middle ground, where we can honor the courage and sacrifice of Americans, regardless of side, and also at the same time recognize the wrong done. Unfortunately, at the time, passions are too high for this to happen. One can only hope that the blood pressure subside enough that we can take a more realistic look at our history. Accept both the good and the bad, and learn from both. Like it or not the Confederate States of America is a large part of American history, and without the CSA, the USA would not be the country it is today.