History is for all parties involved.
Winston Churchill once said that “History is written by the victors.”. To a point this is true. This bear truth for the Confederacy also. The civil was was fought between two parties, The United States Of America and The Confederate States of America.
We all know the outcome of this battle. No one believes that the North really lost and the South won. But that doesn’t mean that the history that took place in the South before, during and after the Civil War is not history. Recently there has been a lot of contention over the Confederate battle standard that lead so many men and women into battle. All of this controversy has led to me observing my friends and family all but go wild over their perspective on the flag and to a greater extent the civil war itself. Half of them argue that the flag is a racist symbol that belongs no where but a museum. While the other half protest that it is a intregal symbol of Southern Heritage and that it should be proudly displayed. There is truth to both sides.
For those that don’t know the Civil War was fought over many things. Slavery, States Rights, an economic situation between the North and South and much much more. The Civil War was more than just a war. It was a unionizing conflict. Post Civil War brought the states together more than they were before the war. All of these things bear the same amout of historical weight. The Confederate Battle Standard is as much a symbol of racism as it is a symbol of Southern Heritage. However neither of those two arguments are the reason the flag should not be flown on State grounds.
The United States is a strong country now. We have had our rough times and good times but we are a strong power today because of it. Why then would we, a strong and independent country proud of our ability to overcome adversity, fly the flag of a country no longer around? I cannot find an example of a State flying the Union Jack on their State house. I cannot imagine that if we wanted to start flying the Russian flag on the Alabama State house that it would go over very well.
To what ever side you are on. Whether you think the flag to be a racist symbol or a symbol of a proud heritage. We should learn that history is for all the parties involved. We had slaves in this country. That is a fact that we cannot avoid but not all southerners owned slaves and some northerners did. None of our ancestors were perfect but it is theirs and our ability to overcome imperfections that makes them worth remembering. Let us remember what great civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. said “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”