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Letter to the Editor

Writer Wants to Keep Flag Where it Is

web posted June 29, 2015
Dear Editor,
Fifteen years ago our S.C. Legislature came to a reasonable compromise that removed the Confederate battle flag from the house and senate chambers and state house dome. In an effort to honor and respect all South Carolinians the flag was placed at our state's Confederate soldiers monument while simultaneously erecting a beautiful monument to S.C. African American history at the eastern state house entrance. 
Immediately after the murder of nine beautiful Christians at church our people united in a show of revulsion to evil and sympathy for the victims. The victims' families showed the power of Christian love with their statements of forgiveness for the murderer. It was good coming from evil. This wasn't to last.
Soon, people with agendas began their crass exploitation. President Obama called for gun control and others who couldn't let go of the flag issue demanded its removal.  More stunning was the swift caving of longtime supporters of the compromise to these demands. This has led to a cascade of cultural cleansing of all things historically Southern which will not stop there. The “fundamental transformation” continues.
In the Compromise of 2000 diverse South Carolinians came together in a spirit of mutual respect. One of these good people was Senator Clementa Pinckney. I guess if the flag is removed to a museum the African American history memorial will join it.  The exhibit could be titled “When South Carolinians Were Tolerant”.

Dan Henderson
Johnston SC

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