It doesn’t trouble me you didn’t cover the Sons Of Confederate Veterans Rally. As you say, it’s your paper. I do find it rather peculiar you devoted so much space justifying your choice. I believe if you did the same with every piece of news you didn’t print your paper would be filled only with excuses. To quote Shakespeare you “protest too much, methinks”
What does alarm me is your unjust and unprincipled argument for not covering it. You claim your decision was “based on my belief the Confederate Battle Flag is a symbol of racially based hate” and your “core beliefs” therefore prevented you from covering the rally. If you are as principled as you profess then your “core beliefs” must surely dictate that you not cover stories involving the US Flag and Christian Cross as both have much longer and bloodier histories with any offense you dare level at the Confederate Battle Flag.
Speaking of your black child you claim you are “not willing to further normalize any banner that people would deem him inferior.” How then do you reconcile your “core belief” with the fact it was the US flag, not the Confederate Battle Flag, which presided over the Supreme Court in 1857 that ruled blacks were not citizens and had no rights. It was the US Flag which presided over the Supreme Court in 1896 that ruled segregation was constitutional. It was the US Flag that presided over the infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiments. It was the US Flag that flew over a segregated US military until 1947 and a segregated US public schools system until 1954. And last year when Hilary Clinton denounced what she called the “systemic racism in our criminal justice system” she was not talking about the Confederate criminal justice system. But you teach your child it is the Confederate Battle Flag that is the symbol of racial hatred!
You call the Confederate Battle Flag a “symbol of racially based hate” but the KKK didn’t hijack the Confederate Battle Flag until about 1950. According to the Tuskegee Institute, there have been 4,742 lynchings in the US. According to that same source, 99.8% of those lynching, in other words all but 13, occurred before 1950. Prior to that, the KKK swore their one and only flag was the US flag, a fact incontestably verified by the presence of only the US Flag in their membership manuals, literature and events photos. Go find every photo and video of KKK events you can and compare the number of US and Confederate Battle Flags. Start with the KKK rallies in Kokomo IN (that’s right Indiana not Mississippi) in1923 attended b
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