This is my response to the Confederate battle flag controversy. The heritage of the Confederate era doesn’t just belong to white people, and for those of us who have a part in that history, it is impossible not to weigh in to correct some misperceptions about the divide between heritage and hate. I hope this adds some richness and flavor to a debate that is lodged in tones of black and white. As the descendant of whites who served in the Confederacy I have a unique take on how this narrative impacts our story as African Americans in a way the counter-protestors have failed to acknowledge.
Since its publication activist Bree Newsome climbed the flag pole in Columbia an d took down the flag. Bree you have my utmost respect and appreciation for your act of civil disobedience and gentle use of spiritual force and creative power.