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Rebel flag, Confederate monuments stand for slavery

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Re:”Confederate flag censorship teaches the wrong lessons,” editorial, Thursday:

I read your paper daily, so I was not surprised to read your editorial today on the Confederate flag. What lessons should the Confederate flag teach? Confederates were not heroes. They fought in opposition to this country.

The Civil War was about slavery, plain and simple. To say that the flag represents Southern pride and not slavery is empty is absurd. To build monuments to men who fought against this country for the cause of slavery — monuments on public grounds — is wrong. You know full well these monuments were erected during Jim Crow, not after the war, and used as terrorist emblems to discourage blacks from participating in the political process. I would love for these monuments to remain if they told the truth of the history.

The plaque in downtown Wilson is dedicated to Josephus Daniels, a white supremacist. Called by many the father of white supremacy and Jim Crow.. It needs to go; it was just placed there last year by people who whitewash this man’s past. You probably won’t print this, but maybe another paper will.

Castonoble Hooks

Wilson

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