We Need New Symbols of Southern Pride

As a French-Canadian immigrant to North Carolina in my youth, seeing the Confederate colors atop flagpoles and donned on t-shirts and bumper stickers was a normal, albeit strange, sight. In school, we learned that the Confederacy was defeated in a bloody civil war. In the end, the slaves were freed from bondage and the South was put through Reconstruction and occupied by Union troops—the Confederate States of America was a failed and immoral experiment that was put down as quickly as it sprung up. But its symbols, especially the flag and statues of generals, live on. That is true even […]