They don’t even know!! In 1961, there was the “Friendship Nine” …. in 2015, there is the “Charleston Nine”. Quite a long wait. History repeats itself … the correct action was taken!! In spite of obstacles, in spite of repercussions. The “work” has barely begun because the meaning behind this flag is so in correctly deeply ingrained in the collective minds of many!
The symbolic Confederate battle flag didn’t fly in South Carolina for 100 years after the firing on Fort Sumter. Raised to the top of the capitol on April 11, 1961, ostensibly to celebrate the centennial celebration of the firing on Fort Sumter, it became a permanent fixture there because of a resolution from Rep. John A. May. The placement came from a shift of the Democratic party to the GOP in an attempt to protect the Southern way of life represented by racial segregation, white supremacy, and Jim Crow laws from federal intervention. The Ku Klux Klan also adopted the flag as their symbolism of racist hatred and intimation. Only the murders of nine black people, including a state senator, in a Charleston church brought the flat down on 10:00 EST on July 10, 2015.
A few weeks before the flag went up in 1961, ten black students were arrested…
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